deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has light spice with sweet grain and a hint of light red fruits. Flavor begins with sweet grains, light spice, peppercorn and light fruits with Belgian yeast and slightly bitter grass. shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Strong pepper and malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with minimal head - a couple chunks of pepper floating around. Strong pepper and light barley malt flavor. Medium body. I’m not particularly a pepper fan so not a beer I would want very often but really a decent beer - if you love pepper (spice), definitely one for you. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle... Pours cloudy and golden with a frothy, long-lasting, white head. The aroma features fruity esters and spicy phenols, accompanied by spicy and earthy peppercorns. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. The flavor delivers peppery warmth and clove-like spiciness layered upon a biscuity, malty backbone. Perfectly balanced. Finishes bready and bitter - bread crust. Bottle shipped to me by BBB63! GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
651mL thanks to noodleuser. Pours a full haze light peach. Thick white foam. Big lace. Estery and doughy nose with fresh lemon and mild saison rusticness. French saison yeast? Taste is much too sweet, boozy, white alcohol. A bit of a rough version of Saison DuPont.
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Bottle, shared by beerpig317. Hazy golden-orange color. Good thin white head. Nice lace. Nice estery peppercorn flavor. Soft, smooth, bright carbonation. Medium - plus body. Very dry. Some rosewater in the aroma, definite floral, somewhat perfume, peppercorns, belgian yeast, some coriander, orange-peel. Solid, dry, peppery saison.
Ibrew2or3 (8807) - 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. jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Thanks to Ken for bringing this ! The pour’s deep golden amber with a tiny head. The nose is peppery hop, floral countryside. Notes of dried grass and wood, light sweet raspberry. The taste is much the same - quite peppery with notes of raspberry and wood. Lightly herbal and grassy. The body’s light, smooth. Overall, I found this to be a strange collection of flavors. Too peppery to be legitimately enjoyable. OK. 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. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
bottle. slightly hazed witish yellow pour. sweet notes, not overly peppery, floral fruity notes. nice saison 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?).
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.