aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
The color was hazy deep amber brown. The head was foamy, off-white, and creamy. The aroma was very spicy, sweet, some hops, and malty. The flavor was spice, jello, dark fuit, and raisin. The palate was medium-bodied. The finish was warm and spicy. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Red brown pour with a foamy beige head. Aromas of candy sugar and pepper. Taste is primarily yeast with some sugars and a dry apple finish. Tastes more like a double than a saison. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle from Iowaherkeye - thanks Joey. Sweet apple and honey aromas with some roasted scents. Caramel brown with a flat head. Dry roasted malt, light caramel, apple juice, fruit cake, and a light spiciness. Creamy and somewhat flat with a light dryish finish. Good. bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of beerlando...thanks Bryan. Murky amber color with a massive rocky tan head. Pleasant bready malts, belgian yeast, spiced citrus notes in the nose with hints of clove. Very quaffable, heavily carbonated mouth feel...flavor consists of some biscuity malts, clove and bananas. Very good stuff. McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2010
750 ml caged cork bottle. Big pop, and then the beer flows and flows. A gusher, and even after my first pour foam keeps rising out of the bottle opening. Cloudy amber-orange pour, the head fades. Fizzy at first, then a bit flat, maybe because of the gushing. Taste is very fruity (tangerine and whatnot) and too sweet and not tart. Cloying, really. I have to think I may have gotten a bad bottle that screwed up the carbonation and took away any balancing tartness. I’d like to give it another shot, but I paid $13 for this.
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Caramel brown....big, fluffy head. Aroma is funky....and fruity. The flavor is dark fruit followed by a nice sour bite. Great mouthfeel.....crisp, but full. My only complaint is the alcohol presence. A few years in a cellar would be nice. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Tampa RB Gathering Beer #5....pours a caramel brown body with a small, lasting dirty white head....nose of candied sugar, yeast, plums, malts and dark fruits....flavor very much the same, nicely done balance between the very sweet sugars and the balancing malts....medium bodied, sweet on the palate....medium finish....good stuff, the Saison is better AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a very light orangish/yellow in color. Not a whole lot of head forming on the pour or sticking around. Smell is fruity, spicy and very floral. Taste is somewhat spicy, again very floral. There’s some light fruit as well, maybe a pear or slight apricot. A little thin on the mouthfeel and at 8% the alcohol is more noticeable than I expected. Drinkable, but nothing I would seek out. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2011
A - Extremely hazy orangish brown color. Good sized, creamy, very sticky, foamy, off-white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, creamy lace.
S - Definitely sides more on the dubbel/amber than the saison part. Ripe fruit is very strong with apple and plum being the strongest. Strong spices as well with ginger, clove, and orange peel leading the way. Touches of raisin as well. Very much a Belgian amber aroma.
T - Starts with a fruity flavor like the aroma along with a slight malty/bready flavor. Mid sip more spices come out with the ginger, clove and lemon/orange peel. Has a bit of a saison taste toward the finish. Finishes with a slightly tart and funky apple flavor. Jam/preserve like flavors are pretty strong.
M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Zesty feel.
D - Sweet and spiced but not too difficult to drink. I enjoyed it but one is enough for a while for me.
Notes: 2009 on the cork. Huge gusher, twisted the cage twice and the cork went shooting off with about half of the bottle gushing out. Not really a saison, reminded me more of a Belgian amber. Sweet fruit mixed with spices reminded me of a spiced preserves or jam. I enjoyed it but probably won’t get it again unless it is on sale. kopher (593) - New York, USA - FEB 29, 2012
aroma is interesting, like a sharp fruity prickliness (similar to Cigar City’s Guava Grove), maybe what some would call nail polish remover, though i didn’t think of it as negative until i read that. pours a pretty copper with no head. flavor is on the sweet side with some alcohol warmth and lots of fruit: prune, apple, currant, tropical stuff. this is delicious, despite the odd and maybe solventy sharpness.