Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
This one turned out be somewhat of a disappointment. Despite a promising
aroma, the taste was somehow wrong. Perhaps it was me - most other people
seem to like it. However I find cough syrup to be more of a turn off than
something to look for in a saison. It was interesting though; I was glad to
give it a try at least.
Aroma / Appearance - Apple cider, caramel, fresh spring leaves and a
funky sourness dominiate the aroma. It was unusual for a saison, but not
totally strange. The body was the color of murky river water with a thin
bubbly layer of head floating lazily on top.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression I got was of Wonderbread.
Perhaps once again I got a healthy dose of yeast but this time I am certain
it was not the bottom of the bottle. The sugary mouthfeel was not bad but
when it was followed by a feeling of cherry cough syrup I had to bail. This
one needs more balance to be enjoyable. The taste is just too sweet for me
to give it the benefit of the doubt.
Thanks to Mike.
Very cloudy copper color nice off white head w/ nice lacing and ltos of visable carbonation. Aroma of sweet belgian yeasts banannas carmelized sugars. Palate is well coated warm & creamy. Flavor is hot nicely spiced.. all spice touch of nutmeg & bannannas belgian yeast & candied sugars. Very Good. vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I think a lot of the people rating this had a different beer than I did - this was quite good. Pours dark bronze with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is spicy with slight sourness (lambic-ish) and grapes. There is also some vinious and earthy qualities. Flavor starts out with earthy wooden flavors mixed with a plum / apricot flavor. Finish has some spicy hops and viniousness traits coming out. It is medium / full bodied with semi-sharp carbonation. As it warms anise starts coming into the picture and passion fruit and hop element are more in front. Very nice saison. mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of yeastiness. Some sours candies as well. Somewhat bitter up front with some sourness as well. Some earthy almost champagne-like qualities. Some bitter maltiness. Bitter and malty finish. A little sour as well. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a clear amber with a loosely-knit white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is horsey, biscuity malts, cherry-pie, with some acidity. Body is med-light. The flavors are mealy, rustic, stinky cheese with that very recognizable bretta-bruxellensis flavor of sour pie cherries. Finish is mildly bitter but not very dry as the style suggests.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Medium brown- nice tan head-lemon grass, hay, bread, maple syrup nose- sweet, sour, brown sugar, dark sour cherries- fresh slightly bitter aftertaste FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
750mL bottle. Medium amber color with a large rocky white head that collapses quickly. Mildy musty fruitcake aroma: old citrus, cherries, and earthy spice. Chalky, rough textured cherries and sharp spiciness in the flavor. Mulling spice flavors then manifest, and linger into the finish with a peppery orange character. Mouthfeel is a medium, rather thick for the style and more astringent than dry. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Hazy reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bananas, apples, clove, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body and gentle carbonation. The flavor was a blend of spiced fruit warmed by the alcohol. Mediocre. winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Poured a clear ruby color with a full and lasting off-white head. After warming up a bit it released some aromas of dark cherries and holiday spices. Flavor starts out like a sweet cherry pie they a hoppy bitterness joins in and finishes out with a very unappealing chalkiness. The finish is hard to explain and is unlike any beer I have had before. This is definately not a saison and really not that enjoyable. marcus (10869) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
750ml bottle. This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head. The flavor is malt and caramel with a chalky finish. This was not a typical saison - it was darker and much more malty than one would expect. It was worth drinking, but not much more.