lefossoyeur (612) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden blonde with a thin white head. Sweet aromas of belgian ale with some spices coming trough (cinnamon) and some esters. Medium body, medium level of carbonation, hint of tartness in the attack, some minerality, but a grapefruity bitterness rapidly follows and it finishes on an almost harsh grapefuit peel bitterness. Lingering bitter finish. Nice beer, altough a-typical for a saison, but label says "american saison", whatever that means...
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep orange with loads of carbonation. Light spice and citrus in the aroma. Tastes of spice, bread, citrus. Great beer for the changing season.
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized white head with fair retention and some spotty lace. Lightly hazy gold/orange color. Nicely spicey nose, citrus, grass and some coriander. Body is almost medium, good carbonation. Dry malt flavors, light breadyness, some funk?, lemony zestyness. Dry lightly fruity finish. Nice quaff! Thanks to NYbeer for the bomber.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle from Zipps - Pours a hazy golden with a massive off white head...aroma is nicely phenolic, spicy, grainy, plenty of lemon...flavour is similar, tart apriot and lemon, coriander and slight shampoo, plenty of chalky yeast...a very refreshing interpretation on saison...
finol (3295) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with a firm white head.
Hops, grass, hay, yeast and oranges.
Good but simple.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 9 bottle from miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a clear golden-orange color with a dense, billowing off-white head that slowly receded to a coarse layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma of wheat, lightly spicy (peppery) yeast, soft peach skin, orange, and some floral hops. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with a soft fruitiness (apricot and peach) offsetting the crisp wheat maltiness before giving way to a dry, earthy yeastiness with notes of the same floral hops and pepper found in the nose lingering into the finish. Moderate carbonation and crisp, balanced mouth feel. Overall, it isn’t quite as delicate and layered as some of the more traditional examples of the style, but it is one of the better American made saisons I have tried. Solid, subtle beer that grows on you as you drink it. Thanks again Mike.
mcberko (16647) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Firefly, pours a hazy golden. Aroma of fruit, citrus and orange peel. Flavour is complex - tart bitterness, fruit, citrus, light malt sweetness and well-balanced with hops. Really great saison.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange gold pour with a thick pillowy white head.
aroma is fruity, grassy, apricot and light lemon-orange.
Flavour is tart and crisp, fruity bitterness, light malt sweetness. softer floral bitterness towards the finish.
hirigalzkar (3068) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with an enormous white head. Light citrus hopiness, light sourness, light spicienss. Fresh. Something about it reminds me of a pilsener. A laid back beer that still has got some character.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Awesome extra. Definitely my most wanted beer from this brewery. Pours an effervescent, medium-golden color; huge, textured, medium-bubbled, off-white head with great retention and lacing that sticks; awesome approach. Pleasant dusty and doughy yeastiness in the aroma; appropriately nonchalant malt core, nicely charismatic yeast character, and well-integrated lime and citrus hoppiness; very pleasant aroma. Medium-full body; lively carbonation, moderate acidity, and certainly very much alive in the mouth; slightly more prevalent core maltiness than the aroma suggests (hay, honey, light sugar) along with those same lovely yeast notes (dust, dough, hints of earthiness) and lime / citrus hops; a touch (just a touch, honestly) sweeter than I’d like, but this is still very much on the dry / well-attenuated side of things; nice balance between the dusty yeastiness and the American / New Zealand hops (hard to say at first, but the interwebs tells me Cascade, Nugget, etc.; very much on the citrus side of things, but multi-dimensional hop flavor); the presence of the yeast here really hits the right notes for me; slightly juicier hops and a touch drier at the core are all that I’m really missing here; a great saison example. Lasting, lovely finish; yeast dust, lime, very solidly dry.