McGarnigle (650) - 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. 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.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Opens with a POP! Dark murky chestnut brown; effervescent body; thick
billowing khaki head. Very nice aroma, like lightly spiced with cinnamon
and nutmeg; brett. Not quite cold enough. Tastes funky, light sweet malt
flavor, like brown sugar. More than a little spicy. I would prefer somewhat less carbonation. Very similar to Jolly Pumpkin’s offerings, and if you slapped their label on this bottle you would have me fooled. Overall, good, and I appreciate what they are doing, although I think it has potential to be a lot better than it is. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Just got done drinking this gem, sent by JCB in the Near Perfect trade. Fairly close to a wit. Pours a murky orange color with a nice thick head. Aroma is full of spice and sugar, with some candy thrown in. Flavor follows suit; spice, candy, sugar, grain, with touches of yeast and toffee and caramel. Lots of clove and honey. Its best feature is that the flavors are light enough to swirl and change as the beer is drank. This beer is fairly ever changing. I ended up liking this one a lot. A great sipper. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 750 ml bottle courtesy of SoLan. Thanks bro!! Much anticipation upon opening, as I loved the Saison Athene by this brewery. Pours an appealing honey-orange body underneath a small white rim that disappears quickly. Nose qualities are similar to a saison: honey, citrus, and a subtle yeast skunkiness. Mouth flavors are almost subtler than the nose with similar notes of honey, estery spices, pear, and apple cider. Soft/medium carbonation, medium body. Extremely drinkable; no trace of the 8% ABV in the palate or character. A great beer. stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
cork says 2010 bought early 2011: amber orange pour with tan head that dissipates quickly with lots of bubbles still. light haze. aromas of apples, cinnamon, cherry cough drops and raspberries. still lots of bubbles and carbonation but not much head. cherry apple cranberry taste, not what i was expecting or remember last time i tried this. very effervescent with lots of medicinal cherry flavor. the beer almost disappears in your mouth with all the carbonation, it would like it more if it was more tart or funky. no hop character and not much spice. This beer might be a bit past its prime and not as good as i remember, I shouldn’t have waited too long to drink the bottle. some of the flavors remind me more of a quad than a saison. I’ll have to try this again with a fresh batch. elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Reminded me more of a Quad then a Strong Ale. Very sweet. Hints of caramel, candied sugar, molasses, dark fruits, spices. Finished sweet and carbonation danced on my tongue. Loved every sip of this beer.