PhillyCraft (6893) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle with joe. Pours reddish brown with weak head and lace. Notes of homebrew nothingness. Worst saison ever, pretty much. Cheers
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dry, woody and smoky. The flavor was dry, wood and smoky with a hint of roast beer and vague fruity hops - odd and not in a good way. Medium length finish of dry wood and smoke. Medium body. Not good.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cool idea but too thin to make much of an impression. The look draws you in but it falls flat with the mouth feel.
gripweed57 (1794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown color with a medium-sized rocky beige head. Quite unusual, I have never seen a Saison that had coloring similar to a porter or brown ale. Aroma is light toasted malt with citrus overtones. Tangy toasted malt flavor with light smoky, cocoa notes. Mid taste has some spicy hops. Finish is brief and dry. A confusing beer that defies the style. Not bad, just different.
Block (2576) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I didn’t think this beer was super complex, but it did have some strange flavors. It seemed like a mix of malts and spice. Sweet finish.
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eventually I found the name on yet another confusing Magic Hat bottle. The beer is much darker than I expected, almost like a thin stout. A little bit of reddish highlight shows around the edges and the head is a thin tan affair after a couple minutes of dying down. Aromas are autumn-y... leaf litter and a little bit of brown sugar is about all I get, but it is pleasant enough, especially for a beer in the 4% range. First sip reveals a nice and clean dark beer - not sure if I would call it a saison, but that’s my problem - with lots of autumn leaves and a little bit of a nut edge to it. There is a hint of lemongrass that keeps it interesting and I have to say that I like this beer. Normally I find Magic Hat to underperform my hopes, but this one is very nice.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opening up the afternoon with a brew by a brewer who frequently underwhelms me. This saison pours reddish brown with a medium sized off white head, some lacing.. looks decently good. The aroma is pretty much caramel and roast.. almost a brown ale.. there is some mild yeasty notes. This beer is very basic.. and more of a Belgian ale than a saison. There is mild dark fruit, a lot of brown sugar.. but it is just boring.
redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown with a white head. Little aroma of burnt oak. It is missing complexity and instead only has indistinguishable dark wood notes.
Aurelius (5215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lightly smoky, dark Belgian aroma -- malty, yeasty. Dark brown beer, clear, thin ivory head. Bad label, standard US longneck. Part of the Night of the Living Dead mixpack - some of whom, I’m starting to suspect, are used in the manufacture of this beer. Tangy, a little creosote, dry, astringent. Medium light body. Belgian yeast aftertaste over tar flavors.
Evolutionary (493) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sampler. Nose is fruit and meady. Starts a bit tart with a bit of hop bite mixed in. Fairly light saison and balance is ok. Decent for Warner weather or with spicy food.
---Rated via my mouth