valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Yeasty, slightly sour, and somewhat peppery/spicy on the nose. Appearance is a dirty copper with a bold head leaving nice lacing. Taste is unique...some fruit hits up front (apricot?) before it turns spicy and finishes with a glaring tartness...a puzzling sipper. Something in the finish is a bit odd to be completely honest...nothing unintended (or at least I don’t think) but its just peculiar. Palate starts bold, and finishes a bit thin. as this warmed, the sour character came through and made it a more appealing, yet slow, drink. This has had about 2.5 years in the cellar, and I honestly can’t remember trying it fresh, but this is a very unique brew from NG...but far from my favorite offering by Mr Carey kappldav123 (6151) - GERMANY - FEB 11, 2012
Thanks to madmitch for that one. Bottle looks really good, simple but good. Beer in the glass brownish, huge head. Starts mild, fine spicy, modest sourish. Fruity notes of plum and melon. Finish intense fruity, mild malty-spicy, still sourish. Not too drinkable, but a beer to enjoy! BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ofortuna, thanks man! Poured a lightly hazy amber-orange color with a moderate, dense off-white head that slowly receded to a bubbly layer leaving some small spots of lacing. Aroma of fruits (apricot, peach, lemon), a light spiciness (ginger), a honey-touched breadiness, and a soft tart yeastiness. Smooth, moderately sweet, fruity entry with nice hints of peach and apricot that lingers into a lightly tart, lemony middle that is paired with a lightly spicy, honey graham cracker sweetness that follows into the finish where it lingers softly with some light hints of dry hops peaking through, Crisp, lively carbonation that just asks you to drink it. Overall, it isn’t really a great example of a saison, as others have pointed out. It is a beer that tastes good and has a lively, inviting palate. I wish I would have drank it sooner, but it was still pretty dang good. Thanks again Ofort. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Nice orange to light amber body with a delicious looking off-white cap.. superb lacing.
S: Horse farm funk, apricot, peaches, green apple, yeast and slight pepper in the back end.
T: Wow. As many here have said a surprisingly tart fruit profile (apricots and peaches)... I like it, it complements the funky/yeasty notes typical to the saison style... nicely spiced...
M: Light bodied.. good carbonation levels.. not as crisp as a finish as I’d prefer for the style.. refreshing
O: A delightful brew.. I don’t know what an imperial saison is, but I like it! Many thanks to mnjeff for the trade!
48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12 oz bottle. Cloudy golden pour with white head and some retention. Nose & taste of yeast, hay, pale malts, light fruit, and soap. Some barnyard funk but not enough for my tasted
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corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours a very dark golden orange color with a frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin crown. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with some funky saison yeast countered by some zesty spice, bread, alcohol and light fruit. Subtle grassy barnyard character with hints of apple, pear and peach balancing things out.
Creamy medi body with tight carbonation and a heavy spice presence up front. Hintsnof pepper, clove and and coriander followed by estery fruits, bread and alcohol. Well balanced and complex with a dry finish. Slightly tart with hints of apple, pear and light grapes with a touch of earthy hops toward the end of the palate. refreshing and deceptively drinkable. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
12oz bottle, purchased at Discount Liquor a while ago. Pours a bright orange color with a white head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, lemon, maybe some orange or peach, some yeast. Medium body on the palate with average carbonation. Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter, with flavors of citrus, lemon, Bread, yeast, with a dry, bitter finish. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep orangish amber, hazy, large fizzy off-white head, spotty lacing.   I get this odd Banana
Laffy Taffy nose... while not a big fan of Laffy Taffy, I find the aroma intriguing.   Fruity, sweet, malty, and
also with a fleeting bit of that Banana Laffy Taffy.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Not floral or really
barnish.   Has more of an Ameican Triple like breadiness that emerges.   Unique, and very interesting.
Bubbley on the tongue, also tart.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Would probably feel heavier if
it were for the bubbliness of it.   Finish has a bit of soapiness to it, but it doesnt detract much.   This
one was an interesting one becuase it didnt have the big barnish/floral aspects one would associate with the style.
However, given its an Imperial example... who knows what that exactly means.   As is, good, unique, and
worthy of having again.   I take that back, there is a bit of floral aspect there... shallow, but its there.
Tasty! Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2011
12oz bottleJoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
A: tart green apples, sweet caramel malts, hints of peach
T:peach, caramel, tart apple
This beer was a bit hot with alcohol. It does finish sweet, it feels like a fall beer not spring/summer beer. Overall I really enjoyed it.
a bit to sweet for my liking for a saison. Pours an bright yellow with a fizzy white head that fades quickly. sweet summer fruit nose and taste with a touch of hay. Not a crisp and sharp as I thought it should be.