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 quencherJK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
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.
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Tap and Stub & Herbs. This is a mid-grade saison. Certainly not comparable to something from Fantome or Blaugies, but for a new brewery in Minnesota, not bad at all. The cloudy color is right, but no sediment. The aroma has yeast, cloves, some citrus, along with the flavor that is more of the same but also includes some sugar. Medium palate. Lightly spiced. Some wheat. A decent first try. It needs more intense flavor. Skyview (5907) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2008
On draught at the Stub and Herb’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear golden straw blonde brew with a slow dissolving white head that leaves behind a nice spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of yeast, a touch of banana esters, some light cloves, and a hint of white bread malt. Taste is light to medium bodied with some carbonation with flavors of dry white bread malt, banana esters, cloves a touch of bubblegum, and dry herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a fast disappearing herbal spice aftertaste. Remember to allow this saison to come up to room temperature to get the full flavor and aroma. burg326 (5479) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle, poured a light yellow color, aroma is just awful, nothing good to note. Even though the aroma was horrible, the taste was nice. Sme light spice, hay and grass comes through, and a slight funky aftertaste. Over enjoyable beer for the Florida heat, thanks Alpar. badgerben (5108) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Gold color with a thin head. Light bubblegum aroma, coupled with a lot of fresh cut grass. Very lightly tart malt taste up front, followed by lots of wheat, yeast and an almost herbal spice. This is a killer saison.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
12 oz bottle at Funky Five 2009. Pours a mostly hazy solid light gold with a foamy mostly lasting white head- some streaky lace. Aroma is mostly yeasty- too fresh or hasn’t settled or dissipated- but there is slight sulfur, but also grassy herbal notes, big wheat malts, toast, crackery a slight solvent or cleanser with warming biscuit and musty almost mold notes. Flavor is crackery and wheaty, with grass, herbs, spices, pepper (spicy wit yeast with lemon zest), raw fresh sulfurous yeast, doughy, phenolic moderate nice saison yeast character, slight salt and light mineral in the finish- seems unrefined overall, but the finish is fairly dry- ok for drinking but doesnt quite cut it as a good saison. ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Lighter than I would’ve expected, with a different spice profile, less pepper, more clove. Tasty, but not a saison. tmoreau (4290) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2016
On tap at the brewery served as part of a six flight platter, showing a hazed, straw color, with a modest layer of white head foam that diminished to a persistent ring & film, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was light banana & spice, soft grain, citrus, and a bit of tartness. Light to medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the flavor expression waned a bit, but retained the citrusy tartness & tanginess, and finished crisp & dry. A presentable style offering. Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 I thought this was a good effort. Very bright saison flavors--not a subtle, complex one, but big citrus and spice. Very drinkable, with a moderate palate of tingle and smoothness. Perhaps a more American style take on the Saison, not having the flavor punch of the European ones. Good beer, worth drinking. (On tap at Stub and Herbs, Minneapolis, MN) 8-3-7-4-15: 3.7 // Re-rated on June 8, 2009 at Blue Door Pub, St. Paul. Didn’t have the shine of the citrus and spice, felt a bit thin, but still basically enjoyable. 7-3-7-4-14:3.5 theisti (4112) - Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
12 oz twist off bottle purchased for me by my Dad at Zipps in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an assist to tytoanderso. Brewed and bottled by Lift Bridge Beer Co, Stevens Point, Wisconsin - did Point brew / bottle this? Pour is hazed yellow slight pea green, two inch pure white head. Falls with no lacing. Aroma of soft bready malts, and citrus earthy yeastiness. Soft and inviting nose. Taste is grainy hay straw grass, earthy sweetness malt and the citrus flowery yeastiness. Maybe a bit sweeter than I normally like my Saisons. Finish is a little grassy dirty. Palate is medium, mouth coating with medium carbonation. As always, thanks for making these transactions smooth Tyler.