Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at vine st. Murky orange hued brown with a thin sticky head. Burnt hop nose like a singed pine needle. Flavor however is much better. The burnt note is much more in the background. There is a sweet orange flavor with a nice herbal hop presence. Finish is clean all things considered. Leaves a not quite mint note on my tongue.
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Mountain Sun. Weirdly crude hop aroma is green / plant-like, moldy and dank-smelling with notes of squash and pumpkin and other vegetables. The malt is expressed as butter, toffee and burnt caramelized sugar / burnt malt. Some gummy orange oil notes show up as it breathes, and pine sap and burnt peanut notes begin to take root. Lightly yeasty, sweet, medium to high acid with a lingering peanut oil and sour grain and leafy, bitter vegetables in the finish. To call this a saison is a joke, and the fact that it’s made with Dupont yeast and shows no Dupont-like qualities, well that’s just sad.
brokensail (16357) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Mountain Sun. Hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet citrus, caramel, and floral hops on the nose. Fairly toasty, some citric note, and slight grass. Flavor is a bit sweet. Somewhat herbal and woody. Citrus, light acidity, and floral. Caramel malt, toast, and a light bitterness on the finish.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured in a snifter glass.
Red-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Dissipates into thin white cap within minutes. Fruity and yeast-like aromas, fresh smell. Flavor is hoppy and grassy up front and fades into fruitiness. Moderate carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Interesting and enjoyable saison.
gnoff (10072) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mountain Sun in Boulder, on October 8, 2012
Hazy copper color, tan head. Floral, perfume, alcohol taste. Apricot and alcohol aftertaste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Hoppy, perfume scent.
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught snifter at Southern Sun: Burnt orange. Dull and muddled nose of jelly candy, medicine, stewed peaches, plum jam, caramel, Red Delicious apple. Subtle notes of pepper, gum and dried tropical fruits. Prickly carbonation. Tacky and flimsy body. Very poorly structured from the get go, with caramel-doused fruits and potent alcohol bludgeoning the palate with immense weight which quickly renders the malt lifeless. Mild tartness offers the faintest glimpse of brightness, but profound dullness by way of red apple peels and overripe banana severely mars things. Hops are curiously absent, as virtually no flavor or bitterness manages to poke through the relentless sugary onslaught. Some nut skin dryness struggles to hang around long enough to provide much needed contrast to the sugary monotony. Finishes with a late cedary flourish though terribly wet, medicinally sweet and sugar-laden with accompanying hints of rotting fruits and sweet gum. Man, I couldn’t have been more excited about trying this, as I love the concept of a saison brewed with fresh hops. But just when I start become optimistic about the dry, golden Belgians this brewery occasionally produces, they release an emphatic dud like this. This is a far, far cry from what saison is all about, but if one wishes to call it a Belgian strong ale, which would be more appropriate IMHO, it is still a rather haphazard one as it is fatiguingly sweet, aimless, alcoholic, etc., all of which are absolute saison no-no’s. Gulping down two small sips was more than enough. Couple that with the cost of $5.75 for a 6 oz. pour makes this even more disheartening. Sigh.