shawnmurphy (609) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2017 b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft- Bright cloudy orange color with no head or lacing. Aroma has nice yeastiness, light citrus and banana. Flavor is good with slight earthy yeasts, citrus, moderate hop bitterness, and dry hay malt finish. Good overall.
12-ounce bottle pours hazy orange with thick, creamy off-white head and lacing. Aroma: honey, floral, lemon. Flavor: sour-forward (lemon, vinegar) with honey, orange, pepper, barnyard. Mouthfeel: light- to medium-bodied. VERY dry finish. The flavors are off (I've had this beer before, just not rated it), which I attribute to the very distinct possibility that I bought a dated bottle from this particular retailer in my town. PanMarek (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Light golden pour with lots of thick, white foam that lasts. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Spices are prominent in the nose, clove, pepper. The yeast is slightly muted and some grassy hops are present. More ester flavors in the taste, bringing out some lemon. The clove and pepper are well-balanced and the malt is biscuity and smooth. Light body, moderate fizz and a good dry finish. Lighter and hoppier and perhaps a little more American than their Hennepin. hockey9930 (310) - - JUN 11, 2017
Got shook up; poured with too much head. Clear gold with active rising carbonation and frothy head. Good head retention. Pine, citrus, and wheat aroma. Taste is similar to aroma but with spices like coriander and pepper. deyholla (12195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Pours a hazy earthy gold with a fluffy white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of flora with some light fruits and a good amount of Belgian yeast. Flavor has lots of light fruit and flora supported by grass and Belgian yeast. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a one inch thin fizzy white head that had decent retention. The nose is light, delicate, spicy, peppery, some slight yeastiness, floral, and at its base, lightly malty. The flavor is pretty sharp and bite-y with the peppery spiciness really grabbing you up front. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness and a slight carbonic bite from the active fizzy carbonation. Pretty good saison if you’re into the more American interpretation of the style. I generally prefer the softer, more yeasty, and funkier versions.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2016
12oz bottle. Enormous off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast spicy, some pepper, herb, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some spicy, herb, light pepper. Effervescent light-medium body. jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy golden body with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Musty aroma with orange, spice, toasted grain. Notes of banana and lemon. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A bit sweet, overall and a bit heavy for a spring saison. But it avoids being overly spiced. And it’s enjoyable to drink. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Pours a golden yellow with minimal fizzy head. Musty hay aromas with a dry slightly fruity taste. jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Malty, yeasty, spicy, slight peppery aromas. Peppery, spicy, yeasty, ester, slight orange peel flavors. Nice, refreshing saison ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Reviewed March 22, 2014.
A: Welp...it’s one of those beers. It pours a relatively clear golden color, yeah, I figured it would. But this also pours a bajillion-finger head, bone white in shade. Luckily, the bubbly head doesn’t have fantastic retention. Some splotches of lacing are left behind. Since the head doesn’t retain annoyingly, I’ll still give it a very good score.
S: The nose offers a lot of wheat, but I also seem to pick up a weird herbal tone I get in some wheat beers - like deviled ham, almost. But there are nice notes here, like black pepper, coriander, very subtle fruit, and clove. Still, this is disappointing: I’m sure it will still taste good, but I flat-out don’t like this beer’s aroma.
T: Thankfully, the taste does work well. Some mild fruitiness opens it up, quickly giving way to a (welcome) yeasty bite in the middle. The finish is nice and lemony, and even mildly herbaceous. My biggest problem is that it doesn’t taste particularly rustic: it honestly reminds me more of a witbier (a good witbier, to be fair, but still...)
M: This one is pretty light on the palate. While it’s not saison dry, it’s dry enough to go down easily. Carbonation is soft yet effective.
O: Personally, I don’t think this is that saison-y (compared to, say, Hennepin, which is and then some). To me, this tastes more like a witbier. Having said that, it’s a good one, nose aside. A smidge too expensive (compared to its quality) for me to purchase again, but worth a try regardless.