NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 (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?). msante79 (2225) - 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.
Travlr (24930) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser, thanks! Hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma of peppery straw, hay, grass. The black pepper comes into the taste late, but it’s very obvious once it appears. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!
The beer is hazy and golden yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings fruity esters, earthy tones, yeast, bread dough, light spice. The peppercorns emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Light sweetness with freshly cut grass. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A tasty beer and solid example of the style. Tmoney99 (14503) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Poured a hazy pale copper color with an averae frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate pepper, lemon and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. I shared this with friends. 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.
markwise (5441) - 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.