Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Courtesy of northernbrewstectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate sweet tarts, citrus, and light lemon. It pours a hazy dull gold with a small white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tropical fruit and citrus. The finish has light-moderate lemon/orange peel, light florals, oak, faint apple, and a touch of sweet tarts. It’s light bodied with light carbonation.
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Hazy, bright straw & pear colored. Kind of yellow. Soapy white head that fizzes out into a super thin collar in just moments. Aroma of lemon, green apple, farmhouse must, light oak, vinous white grape, & some damp bales of hay. Flavor is more on the vinous side of things with a strong white grape wine-like essence & some semi-acidic, tannic oak notes that flow through with a slight bit of boozy heat. Lighter notes of grape, lemon, lacto yeast, & mild hay. White wine finish with some oaky dryness. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Rich very hazy pure golden coloured body with almost a ghostly white glow and a thin, single centimetre tall pure white head. Aroma of sour grapes, yeast, brett, oak, light hops, grass, hay and some light sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong oak and dry flavours at first with a bit of yeast, grass and herbs, but the brett and slightly sour notes come through. Aftertaste shows a relatively mild complexity but no deep and harsh flavours are evident at all - this is refined and natural, in a good way that doesn’t need to overcompensate. Overall, a complex and rewarding beer that doesn’t go above and beyond like most American beers try for. Truly a beer that would make purists happy and one that hits all the high notes without blowing away IBU, ABV or kitch (you name the newest beer trend here) value. If this were made in Belgium, the brewers and patrons would both be happy. However, it is made in the Middle of Oklahoma and the whole of America can be happy collectively. I sampled this 50 cL tall (prarie-styled) bottle purchased from Small Batch Liqours in Denver, Colorado on 08-June-2014 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-December-2014. chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2014
24oz bottle. 18 months old. Poured very clear light gold. No head to speak of. Aroma reveals tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Some apple esters and minerals. Plenty of funky Brett in the nose as well. Hopping is light and floral. Light malt character takes a back seat to hops and yeast. Tastes medium tart and dry. Lightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but best if shared Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle I picked up in Denver over Thanksgiving. Quite light, bright yellow, a little cloudy. Medium head. Lively aroma, lemon, lemon peel, pepper. Taste is a little sour and a little bitter. A really nice saison.
OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s.MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
I’m not quite sure why I paid $13.99 for a 500ml bottle, but I get stupid when I get inside the door at Chucks (even if I’m not drinking) and somehow had this in my .rar want-to-try category -- so there we are.
Cloud straw yellow pour, long-lived white head. Leathery brett meets dry chardonnay nose with heavy oak recalls Russian River. Flavor is a bit tart but definitely well in saison territory rather than sour ale. Brett-driven, again plenty of oak. Esters way in the background. A bit of spice. Quite dry. Mellow smooth carbonation, a little bit oily. I’m glad to have tried it, but unless the prices drop into single figures for 500 ml I’m unlikely to repeat the experience.
tl;dr summary Russian River light--not that that’s a bad thing!
[ Bottle ][ 1/3 of 50cl ][ Tasting ][ ][ Tulip ][ 11.29.14 ]tmrmwel (2089) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2014
Murky gold, shimmering with large bubbled white ring, wispy cap. Oily ester nose, grassy with light banana, Brighter mineral front palate, sticky early with a dry end, sparkly mid, light papery bitterness in the grassy finish. Too sweet early and finish, champagne-like in body and profile, bitterness is very balanced though.
[ 11.28-29 Tasting Ranking ]
01. Saison DuPont – 4.8
02. RR Temptation (b004) – 4.8
03. Orval (03/2014) – 4.7
04. RR Temptation (05/30/2013) – 4.5
05. Blue Lobster Little Lobster on the Prairie – 4.4
06. F&M Dochter Seizoen – 4.3
07. HF Le Serrasin – 4.2
08. F&M Lunaire – 4.1
09. F&M Paradisaea – 4.1
10. HF Arthur (01/2014) – 4.0
11. RR Sonoma Pride Amasa – 4.0
12. HF Flora (b4) – 3.8
13. HF Nordic Saison – 3.8
14. De la Senne Crushable Saison – 3.8
15. RR Sonoma Pride Dauenhauer – 3.8
16. Prairie Puncheon – 3.7
17. Upright BA Flora Rustica – 3.6
18. SARA Stenciled Pages – 3.6
19. RR Sanctification (b005) – 3.5
20. Upright Flora Rustica – 3.4
21. HF Convivial Suarez – 3.4
22. SARA Cask 200 – 3.3
23. TH Paraguesia1 – 3.3
24. Upright Rose City Seven – 3.3
25. TH The Emptiness is Not Eternal – 3.2
26. Wicked Weed Bretticent – 3.2
27. SARA Saison Bernice – 3.0
28. HF Civil Disobedience 10 – 3.0
29. TH Handfarm b4 – 2.9
30. Wicked Weed Serenity – 2.8
31. Almanac Reserve Citrus – 2.4
32. Hopfarm Margo – 2.2
33. Almanac Sourdough – 2.1
Bottle. Pours yellow with a big quickly receding creamy head. Aroma is tart yeasty, with wooden barrels, brett and peppery farmhouse notes, as well as some sweet pale malts with sambucus. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavour is tart and sour, with lots of funk and bretty musty earth, sweet notes of wood, floral notes of lavender, perfume and lemon peel. Layered and quite distinctive sourness, with a lingering dry earthy finish. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear pale yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is tart, light lemon, light oak. Flavor is moderately sour, slight spicy yeast, characteristic saison kick. Light in body with a nice lingering tartness. Another solid offering from Prairie. j12601 (11706) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle at RBSDG at the Dad Pad. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft musk and a bit of acid on the nose. Tart and lively, medium bodied with bright acid. Moves into a soft musky finish, lingering acid and tartness. Lovely.