JoePeesie (924) - 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. 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! Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a Founders tulip. Batch 21.
A: Pour a semi hazy golden amber color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and some light bubbly wisps.
S: Light citrus fruit flesh, some lemon rind, grass make up the initial part of the nose. There is light peppery notes and some mild funk with a little bit of must. Mild cheese is in the background.
T: The initial sip has great yeasty flavor profiles. Mild wet hay, some cheese, and phenolic notes as well. Peppery spice, Lemon pith bitterness and with a creamy malt body.
M: Medium to light bodied with an above average prickly carbonation that carries the flavors away a little to quickly. It is really drinkable though.
O: Very easy drinking and flavors are pretty balanced. I would have like a touch more spice from the peppercorns as I thought they were somewhat lost.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-17-2012 Boutip (6620) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden hay color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light sweet notes and some light peppery ester. Taste is also dominated by solid rustic malt with balanced sweetness level and light peppery notes with some good floral ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering and I’m glad the pink pepper notes were not overly dominant as it would have been a shame to hide some of the nice characteristics of this beer. zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head and sweet aroma of peppercorns and spices. Taste is sweet, nice spice and fruit notes with a touch of peppercorn and lemon zest leading to a dry finish. Very drinkable, nice saison
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle from Binny’s Marcey. Guess I’ll be the first... Pours an attractive and hazy orangey gold with a huge rocky head, white, that persists to the end. The nose presents as quite fruity with a light white pepper slant, citrus and a vanilla thing. Some banana comes through as well. On tasting, it is again very fruity. The bitterness is really high here, perhaps a touch too much, particularly with the pepper and spices. Nice citrus and banana. Earthy black pepper brings some complexity. A bit sweet and bigger body than expected which kind of pulls it out of saison and into a just plain good Belgian beer. I can dig it. BBB63 (6567) - 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?). msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 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.
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. 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.
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.