chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
22 oz. bottle poured into a Pipeworks small tulip.
Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a two finger bright white head. Bready yeast, flora and grass, and dried fruit with citrus highlights on the nose. Very light citrus, apricot, maybe a touch of peach, bready, earthy yeast with just a touch of funk and peppery spice in the midpalate, and finishes dry with the spice added by the peppercorns. Light to medium body with a touch of creaminess and adequate carbonation adds to an enjoyable mouthfeel. A solid and very easy drinking saison, perfect for this pleasant summer night.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle. Pipeworks Rose vs Pipeworks Sichuan, because I’m a nerd and hadn’t had Rose yet, also I didn’t read the descriptions of either and I’m not sure why I’m telling you that.. Both pours slightly hazy bright golden but rose had a stiff foamy head while sichuan’s head fall fast just leaving a white head around the
rim. Perhaps carbonation hasn’t completely built up in Sichuan. Rose aroma has pleasant chamomile tea character, vanilla, flowers ,cest of lemon while Sichuan’s aroma has a huge musty lemony tea thing happening very fragrant and perfumey with asparagus. Rose’s flavors of semi tart lemons flowers earth, sweet bread, soft bitterness that leaves a crisp finish, and Sichuan’s flavors are again a strong fragrant lemoney floral bomb some spicy bitterness slight vanilla sweetness, flabby feel. Rose has more tart lemons while Sichuan as more funky dusty floral and lemons but the main thing is it’s much tighter and focused albeit more perfumey. Rose finishes sweeter and with a tart twang. Rose is still a good saison and isnt overly sweet or spiced,
I’m actually surprised I like the most spiced and fragrant Sichuan (because I prefer a Saison that relies on great yeast fermentation bringing almost all of the character but it is drier than Rose. Pretty solid saisons though. Rose - 7/4/7/4/14, Sichuan 7/4/7/4/15 crossovert (13421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 A big, spicy saison that not only lets the yeast sing with the clove but the peppercorns add a nice throat burn. Awesome. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours hazy golden with orange tints with white head. Aromas of biscuity malts, earthy spices, pepper, banana, and clove. Flavors of peppery spices, banana, clove, and some yeast. Not the lightest saison, but a tasty one. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a clean crisp golden brown with 3 fingers of fizzy head that fade quickly leaving no lace. Nose and taste are crisp, grassy, a bit of apricot sweetness with a big peppercorn spiciness on the finish. I personally would like to see the spice scaled back in the next run. Do that and I’d probably adjust my rating to the 4.2-4.4 range.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle, golden orange pour, thick white head. Some citrus, earth, and banana aroma. Fruity and earth taste, didn’t really have the spice I expected. Solid brew, but not what I was expecting. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle and served in my now trusty Pipeworks snifter: Slightly hazy golden hue with a huge fluffy head and excellent lacework. The aroma has notes of wet pale biscuity grains, flowers and heather fields, LIGHT pepper, banana and peach like vapours. Slightly cardboardy but not intrusive, I found almost no diacetyl as a someone else I know did (perhaps they got a bad bottle?). JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
The taste is rather smoother than I expected, really was prepared for a spice attack but that is not the case. More earthy, yeast driven, pale malt atypical saison with a tad more fruity notes and final bitterness than what you would normally find in the genre. The finish could still be cleaner despite the FG being so low, that cardboardy character does seem more a issue on the finish. It is very easy to drink and is properly carbonated. I like this and would buy again, makes me interested what the next saison will be like.
Batch 21. Pours light yellow with light banana yeast notes. Very deep spice notes of clove and peppercorn which break into a very long finish while deflecting the higher ABV. ryecatcher (1458) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bomber, pours a hazy medium gold with an immense white head and outstanding retention and lacing. Biscuit, banana, clove with peppercorn spiciness underneath. I’m not a huge fan of Saisons, but this one is decent, pairs nice with Thia Curry. Bravo, Pipeworks. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
22oz bottle. Batch 21 - the one and only ao far of course... Pours a
medium hazy yellowish brown hue and topped with a creamy pure white
head. Looks great and highly enticing. After time, the head diminishes
leaving a thin wispy film... Aroma of Belgian yeast and light banana.
Peppercorns more abundant in the flavor than the nose but definetely
becomes apparent late with a light but noticeable spicy tinge...
Flavors are more of the same with the peppercorn getting a headstart
while meshing well with the Belgian yeast profile. A light bitter
finish also comes into play. Body is light and fluffy with the abv
held in check.