Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017 mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
$6+ big corked bottle from Costco?! Thanks for the Ed’s note. I remember loving SPF45 years ago and I’m really happy it’s back. And with a huge distribution. Did I mention this is some good shit? ARE YOU LISTENING? A totally american saison, in that you don’t have to search around for the flavor; that’s it there, hitting you over the head. I can taste all the named spices(ginger, black pepper, etc) plus a lovely dry lactic yeasty note, a little malt sweetness and some lingering hop flavor. Three thumbs up. Oops, that was supposed to be a secret.
From Oct 2006
Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(room temp) a cloudy reddish gold with a large head of foam that grew as it was sitting in my New Belgium goblet. It took several minutes for the foam to settle down but once it did, I was left with a solid layer with lots of lacing hugging my glass. Very very nice.
The smell was dominated by strong citrus and yeasty notes which made for a good nose.
The taste is surprisingly sweet up front. I note sweet malt but not really caramelly sweet, followed by a good dose of spice and fruit with a healthy portion of funk that offsets the sweetness nicely. Further in to the bottle, the fruit really asserts itself with nice apricot and fig flavours mixed in with hints of banana and clove. There's a *lot* of complexity in this Saison and as it warms up(even from room temp) the various flavours just keep getting better and better at least..to my palate. Wow. This is one heck of a brew!
I've now poured the last bit in my glass and it's: cloudier than ever due to the natural sediment and..the malt profile is probably at its zenith because I'm tasting a sweet malty goodness that's actually more pronounced than my first sips but....it's more balanced and tastier because the fruit and funk are there to "guide" it. Again. Wow....what a brew!
Bottom line Part 2: This is an outstanding Saison. I dare say, the best I've ever tasted!
Bottom line: This is a *wonderful* Saison from yet another small brewery in California. luttonm (6657) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thick, growing foam head which leads to fairly bright carbonation. Nice looking saison appearance, light hazed orange. Lightly peppery yeast nose, grains of paradise too. Nice bit of ginger bite to the sip, which adds to the peppery yeast snap. Dries out considerably with a good earthy, spiced bitterness. You feel all of the ingredients coming through in a nice balance. Delivers as promised. Nice beer. Stuu666 (14596) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Keg at brewdog Edinburgh. Pours hazy yellow, nose is spiced, banana, floral, taste is similar. Cybion (192) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle, 9.4 FL OZ. Pours slightly hazy yellow/gold with a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head. Lots of small bubbles visible, and some patchy lacing. Aroma is softly sweet, fruity, and slightly musty, with ginger, lemon zest, clove, cinnamon. Gentle honeyed malt notes develop as it warms. Undercurrent of spicey, slightly musty yeast. Taste is lightly sweet and fruity up front, with more citrus and candied orange, followed up by clove, coriander, ginger confectionery, slightly herbal/vegetal touches, spicy, cheesy yeast, black pepper and moderate herbal bitterness in the finish. Light aftertaste of sourdough and ginger. Body is medium, texture is smooth and silky, carbonation is pleasantly lively. Super easy drinking. One of the nicest, most well-rounded saisons I've had. The ginger is an excellent subtle touch. mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - AUG 30, 2017
very drinkable offering. fruity but not cloying, it's highly drinkable and tasty.
bergstaden (3161) - Røros, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2017
Hazy golden with a white head - Spicy aroma from yeast - Malt body to support a spicy fruity flavour with hints of yeasts - The spicy fruity flavour goes into the finish - This was good xmunozsbd (137) - Sabadell, - AUG 4, 2017
Al club de tast de l’Olut. Gran inici per acomiadar la primera temporada del club. Saison molt fàcil de prendre enriclozano (81) - - AUG 1, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2017 Botella compartida en Club Cata Olut. Jengibre y black pepper en nariz y aroma con su toque belga silencifobic (82) - Sabadell, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2017
Shared bottle at Olut Sabadell. Hazy yellow with white head. Season yeast and wheat aromas, a bit alcoholic as it warms. Bitter end. Very subtle spicy pepper. Dorita (55) - SPAIN - AUG 1, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2017 Yelow-orange colour with white head. Yeast, caramel and spicy aroma. Sweet in the beginning and slightly bitter in the end. Fresh and citric. Tasted in Olut club the cata