GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours a dark reddish amber with a decent cream-colored head that recedes to a swirl and a collar quickly. There is little lacing. Honestly, I’ve never season a saison look like this one.
The aroma is a bit more like a saison with some phenol sweetness. But the rye spiciness comes through as well and makes it a very interesting mix of aromas.
The taste has a slightly toasted quality to it and the rye definitely shows itself with some healthy spiciness, especially in the finish. There is a bit of the Belgian yeast sweetness underlying things and the different tastes almost come together but not quite.
The mouthfeel is smooth with the rye but also sweet and with lots of carbonation.
I’m not exactly sure what to make of this beer. I personally like this one but more for it’s originality than anything else. sallad (115) - USA - APR 1, 2009
Deep bronze, dark but clear with ruby highlights. Pillowy beige head leaves excellent lace. Dark roasted grains in the nose, a little nutty with caramel and just a touch of coffee, mild floral hop undertones. Nuttiness follows through in the flavor, decent malt character and balance, finish leaves a perfumed tang. SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Gushed. Ouch. Pours a wonderful deep reddish brown with an obviously overcarbonated off-white head. Smells somewhere between an amber/red and a saison. Plenty of spice, but with an obvious caramel malt background. Tastes similar to the aroma, with some spice, a fairly weak malt backbone. Palate is somewhat watery, but acceptable. Aftertaste is unpleasantly yeasty. Glad I got to try it, but I can’t say I’m impressed. reggiedunlop (3718) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
pours a murky brownish color...not many ruby hues that i see. huge foamy head! outstanding retention. malty aroma with stringency...soapy alcohol...slightly metallic. light rye up front but the finish is muddled between hoppiness and a yeastiness reminiscent of a wheat beer or even a weizenbock. ScoWRee (421) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pours a deep dark brown with a half inch thick tan foamy head. It looks a little like a cola.ARoma of malt, hops , a little fruity.Taste is hoppy. Rye is very intresting. The flavor is a little watery.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Dark copper with a small head. Aroma is a bit spicy with cinnamon, caramel and pepper. Flavor is plasticy, similar to the Kenzinger. The beers are amazinly unremarkable. smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Kind of a dry bland taste to it. Night really the typical red ale kind of flavor. mansquito (6338) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Slight off-white head. Reddish brown carbonated looking body. Nice flowery aroma with caramel notes. Hoppy taste with a lot of fruity sweet notes. Malts are there as well. Some spices. Tastes very unique and unlike other beers I have had. Looks underrated for a novel beer like this. Very drinkable. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Thanks to Zathrus for this brew. Pours very dark red with a tall off white head. Floral fruity nose, soft caramel and rye with a light hoppy finish. Spicing is soft, but adds to the floral quality, mouthfeel is smooth with a soft mineral finish. Malty upfront with a balanced hop finish. Cherry and sweet berry flavors. This is a fricken awesome brew, excellent balance with an amazing flavor. I really cant see the low score, great flavor for a delicious sessionable brew. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2008
Red/brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, and some hops. Taste is much the same. A decent beer.