Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 30, 2014 ttutony (922) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting saison with some phenolic yeast notes crossed with spice from a Chai tea.
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a Belgian pale malt smell along with a good deal of a yeasty and spiced smell of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes aromas of a grainy nature as well as a little bit of a green tea smell. A little bit of lemongrass and a lighter floral smell with some other smells of a more peppery nature are there as well rounding out the aroma nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a crisp Belgian buiscuity pale malt taste that is a bit on the drier and more yeasty side in flavor. Some lighter orange flavors are present from the start with them getting stronger as the taste moves on. While the orange grows stronger, it is joined by some flavors of a banana taste as well as some of the spices that were detected in the nose. In the middle, the sweetness hits it peak with a decent showing of both banana and orange all mixed with a somewhat candied sugar taste that comes in quite quickly. The candied sugar fades rather fast however, and with the increase in spice and with some grassy and tea flavor as well as some lemongrass come to the tongue. In the end this mix of flavors ends up leaving one with a moderately dry and crisp but rather bananay and estery spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. Both are quite nice for the saison style and make for a rather nice base for the spice, fruit, yeast and biscuit malt to rest upon.
Overall – A good saison that is quite easy to drink even at 7.1 % abv. It has a nice blend of spice, yeast, fruit and malt. Overall rather enjoyable.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
From growler (Gorillo’s). Very mild Chai spice and some sweet esters. Medium golden amber with haze, not much head. Starts moderately sweet with wheat, light caramel, coconut, and Chai spice. Mild hop bitter astringency in the finish. Sweet after with mild coconut notes. cheap (5899) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
At the bocktown. Friendly aroma. Initially a little strong but the alky content is never revealed. Interesting yeasty flavors. Decent sizzle. Unique beer experience.