j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle from a trade, can’t remember who with at this point. Also, thought I had tried this already (and may have in fact), and almost gave this to someone as an extra before I checked, so hooray for discovering hidden gems in the cellar. Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with a medium sized creamy white head. Nice musk, a bit of banana, wheat, peppery. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, a bit more musky yeast. Finishes lightly, touch of sweetness, bit of fruit. Not bad. Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle sample at work... thanks to Wellstone for sending this out my way!
It probably deserves a higher rating than what I gave it, but I’ve just never been a fan of saisons. Hay, barnyard, exactly what you expect from a fruitless saison. Hard to say more than that... if you like saisons or you need the rating, it isn’t bad. Otherwise, stick to something a little safer. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded fairly quickly. The nose is fairly restrained in the spice department, which is nice to see. Pale slightly bready malts with a nice yeast profile and some floral notes. The flavor is a little bland, the light spicing is better than going overboard, but there’s not a whole lot of softness or complexity to the malts. Tastes more like a generic "Golden/Blond Ale" than a a true Belgian style Saison, there’s no farmhouse character or funkiness at all. Medium bodied with slight stickiness and soft fizzy carbonation. An OK beer I guess, but a little lacking within the realm of the style. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of buebie.
Pours a very light and very clear yellow with a small bubbly white head that recedes slowly to a solid collar but leaves no trace of lacing.
The aroma is slightly sweet with some green apples and apricots on top of grass and Belgian yeast spiciness.
The taste is light and almost watery with some grassy hops up front and apples and pears following closely. The finish is dry and very much like a pilsner honestly. In fact, the whole thing tastes more like a pilsner than a saison now that I think about it.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely crisp and clean for the style. It’s got very little spiciness that I would expect in the style.
This is a solid and very drinkable beer but I don’t think it’s really great for the style, as it offers very little complexity. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
12oz. bottle to my favorite snifter. Aroma is... I not sure I can’t get much out of it. Some wheat honey and faint citrus and flowers very faint. Appearance is great murky gold yellow with minimal head and lacing. Taste I feel like I have a Blue Moon in my hand. A lot of wheat honey and citrus in the tasat with dry finish. Palate is thin and dry with little fizz. Overall I think its like drinking a Blue Moon which really is’nt my thing anymore, It is definitly not bad a very drinkable beer.
kmyers8807 (231) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Golden pour with little white head. taste of heavily carbonate bannana citrius flavor, bitter ending. Below average taste, there are many better out there, but many worse. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2010
In short: A muddy floral witbier calling itself a Saison. Fails as a Saison, acceptable as muddy thirst quencherjake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2010
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh as soon as I received it from beastiefan2k, thanks Eugene
The look: Ugly banana purée color topped by a white ring of foam
In long: Nose of yeasty ripe banana esters. Taste of white bread, mangos, bananas, a little lemon zest, marshmallows, citrus fruits. Dead flowers show up in the finish to remove some of the fruity sweetness. Overall this feels like a rather muddy witbier more than a Saison. As far as Saisons are concerned this is a complete failure, but sold as a witbier (or even a hefe) this is an acceptable beer. I’m a Saison-whore so I need to try them all but this just is not a Saison. It’s like they put the wrong beer in the bottle. Like that time a stripper jumped out of the cake, following a mix-up at the bakery, and completely ruined my nephew’s fourth birthday.
Bottle: Pours a beautiful golden/straw color with a thin white head. Scents of florals, yeast, and cloves. Tastes light and crisp with florals, more yeast, and a little barnyard earthiness. Just a hint of dough... almost has some pilsener in it? Crisp finish. I love that it comes in 12oz bottles... perhaps something new for the summer rotation? Fun!
bookman10 (1298) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2010
An interesting beer that reminds me more of a wheat or witbier than a real Belgian saison. Pours a very light golden color with little to no head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Complex aroma with spice and fruit notes. The flavor has some orange peel, some coriander, some underlying maltiness. A bit thin in palate and finish. Nice to see Minnesota brewers trying something new, but this one falls a bit short of memorable. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Hazy, very pale yellow (Wit-like). Very active with bubbly head and some nice lacing. Champagne-like bubbles.
Aroma of citrus, clove, pepper, banana, overall sourness.
Orange peel, coriander, cloves, wheat malt, slightly tart. Once again, seems very much like a Witbier.
Relatively high carbonation, light body. Pretty dry but not as dry as other Saisons.
Nice, refreshing, easy-to-drink Wit, I mean Saison. Doesn’t matter, it is a solid, thirst quenching brew.
Looking forward to trying their other beers, such as the 55 IBU Pale Ale with grapefruit zest (Crosscut) and the Lingonberry infused Tripel (Minnesota Tan). Nice to have another Minnesota brewery. Welcome!