bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Hand bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of orange, mango, pear, bread, caramel, and mango. Flavor of grass, bread, yeast, and lemon.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handbottle of Batch 1 (several years old) thanks to DrBill. Pours with a hazed golden body with a small white head. Aromas are musty, bready, light esters, marmalade, and honey. Light aged notes. Flavors are malty, pils, bready, grassy, yeast and honey. Medium bubbles, dry. Good.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a white head.
S: A strong fruit smell. Lots of sweet apples, pears, and apricots are all there. There’s a solid bready base to this beer and a lot of yeast to go along with it. Not much spice/phenol to it, though.
T: Just the slightest tartness of lemon zest to go along with all the sweet fruit notes. Still the same apricot, apple, and pear notes to the beer. A nice bit of bread and malt flavor with a touch of caramel and yeast.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.
O: Pretty decent all around. Apparently this was a pilot batch and will be made full scale at some point.
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Dr. Bill. Hazy golden orange, with white head. Light bready malt, peach, slightly acidic, grassy hops, fruit, and some sweetness. It’s a decent enough slightly sour saison.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at 12 South Tap Room. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of Belgian esters, lemon, and peach. Lighter side of medium bodied with a fine carbonation. Flavor of wheat malts and peach, with very little sourness or funk. Slightly acidic finish. Not bad, but not exciting either.
Strykzone (7254) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slightly cloudy golden pour with a two finger sized gold head. A nice aroma of yeast, hops, floral notes, fruit. First sip offers more funkiness than expected. There is some sweet peach which morphs into grain in the same sip. Peppery spice, mild malt, and light sourness. This is a very nice and light summer drink. The alcohol does not overpower which is true to the original style. It is very refreshing and interesting.
jcwattsrugger (12410) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@CBC-on tap-pours a foamy off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is funk, light malt. Taste is funk, light malt, tart fruit, yeast. Enjoyable for one.
Kevin (2196) - Montana, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
i’d like to think that the people at new belgium named this afer my nephew, but if they had they probably would have called it insane 5 year old that likes to throw things at the groin of uncles, so this is probably not in reference to the little punk. a wee bit dark, smells like strawberry and spice, and yeasty esters. christwagons, this tastes like berry jam. not cloying, but boy howdy is this sucker sweet. strong honey notes keep coming. jelly, jam, whatever makes preserves, is there a difference? need to google that at some point. strawberry, cranberry, cherry, all sorts of berries except snozz. sweet.
3 6 5 2 12
o.k.- jelly- made with fruit juice
jam-made with crushed or pulped fruit
preserve- chunks of fruit
marmalade-citrus using ringd and just about everything from the fruit.
good to know.
BeerandBlues2 (13065) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at brewery. Pours hazy dark yellow with an average, frothy, white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw), light hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of grapes and faint cranberry. Light bodied, spicy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity. I would not have known to be on the lookout for cranberries except that I was told they were there. They were but very faint.
Beaver (1774) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the growler. Pours a hazy dark golden orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is banana, spices (clove), lemon and some earthy yeast.
The flavor is sweet acidic and slightly tart citric fruits with some light banana and clove spice. Some musty yeast comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice saison. It’s a little too much on the sweet and fruity side - more funk would be good.