HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a hazed orange pour with a thick eggshell colored head, which quickly fades. Aroma of peach, nectarine, spicy yeast, and peppercorns. Flavor is fruity, mild sweetness cut by the the spicy peppercorns. Mild apricot and pear, with a strong belgian yeast notes. It finishes with peppercorn in the back of the throat. Medium bodied, nice refreshing carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Godofthecellar (678) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2012
pours apricot with half inch of white foamy head which clears out after the first sip. smell and taste of yeast, dough which leaves a pepper after note that stays on your tongue. Not spicy, but the pepper is prominent. surprisingly refreshing nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Straw colored pour with a lingering white head. Aromas of flowers, caramel, butterscotch, and honey. Very smooth, yet fizzy palate with flavors of caramel, hops, orange peel, and a pepper-spiced finish. Tart, sweet, and bitter taste. Nice saison. Pipeworks is good. Check them out! smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle from a trade with Pawola22. Batch #21. Pours cloudy dark golden color with white head. Doughy yeast and biscuit malt aromas with some lemon and floral notes. Doughy yeast flavor with light fruitiness and a hint of peppercorns. Medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Brian. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Courtesy of markwise. It pours gold with thin white head. The aroma is sugar sweet then orange creamsicle, black licorice and ginger. Interesting mix. The taste begins with modest white pepper heat and then moves into a blend of mild saison like yeasty spice, apricot and a touch of citrus. This is certainly an interest mix of flavors and aromas. For me it works OK.
madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is white pepper, dry dusty yeast, lemongrass and real dry malt. Taste is the same. Pepper isn’t overly spicy, but it makes it a bit angular. Super dry, with the yeast peeking its head out. Long, spicy, dry finish. Thinnish body with fluffy carbonation. A little too dry for my tastes. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a cloudy, golden-orange colored body with a two finger-width, dense, frothy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has some soft tea notes, florals, and a bit of a lemon zest with a lightly sweetened, grainy, bready pils maltiness. A light pepper note with a bit of a Belgian yeast, banana ester. Flavor is similar. Florals and a fruitiness up front with some lemon and yeasty esters giving off a slight banana note. A bit more of a peppercorn note in the middle with with a lightly sweetened, bready maltiness. A slight herbal tea note before this finishes dry with a nice peppercorn, earthy floral and light grassy bitterness alongside a light, balancing malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light-medium body and a crisp, pillowy, lively carbonation. Overall, I liked the Poivre du Sichuan better, but this was a nice Saison. A bit more fruity and slightly sweeter than the Poivre du Sichuan, but the peppercorn provides a nice spiciness and floral essence. Good beer. msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Has a neat, peppery mouthfeel and a cloudy, dark straw body. Cute head that stick around...a quarter of a finger or so. The nose has some tart, musty earth notes. It’s heavier on the earth than citrus, and the alcohol seems a bit strong for a saison. The spices keep it interesting enough, though. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22oz bottle courtesy of Tooch4321. Cheers, Adam! Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, some peppery character with some yeast and light fruit and spice. Flavor is similar to the aroma with spice, big pepper, earthy yeast, and some sweet malt. Medium in body for a saison and nice overall. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
22 oz bottle from Printer’s Row (Chicago, IL). A cap to a great weekend in which I didn’t embarrass myself too much (Wisco, GTMW, Wedding/Errand Recovery Day). Been falling behind on these lately. Pours a richer golden hue, decent haze, some orange deeper glow comes through in the body and edges. Striking sunfire glow, with small cakey whitish head atop. Stays as an ok layer, laces small. Aromas are pretty potent, preaching bready and doughy malts, straw, some gentle yeasty spice, fruity pear and apple. Pink peppercorn, gentle spice, and mellow fruit. Touches of lemon, melon, and fresh dry yeast. Initial is lighter end of the fold, offering dry yeast, straw, and grass. Cereal and dry bready grains, soap. Gentle spice grows, the middle shows some touches of fruit, apple, some citrus, with a dryness really coming on strong. Earthy hops, grass, florals. Gentle pink mellow peppercorns, some yeasty spice, straw, and more grass. Crisp and refreshing, fruit in the middle, the backend is dry and a bit spicy. I dig this, it keeps away from much if any real sweetness, fruity elements at all. Remaining crisp, dry, and gently spiced (so it’s not just a yeast bomb) throughout. Light fun summery Saison. Pretty dry overall, a more fruity nose than the beer let’s on, some more jabs of citrus up front as it warms, but a dry gently spiced fairly clean and crisp Saison into the backend. My jam.