bigtaster (991) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Pours a yellow orange clear with large white head. Nose is oranges, fruit, banana. Light body jumps across the tongue. Grapefruit oranges, a tinge of dryness with a finish that makes the mouth water. Like a lot of other shorts beers I’ve never had anything quite like this, and it’s delicious. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Bottle: 2011 release. Thanks, Jeff. Somewhat clear, somewhat cloudy bright amber-orange body with a soapy white head that settles quickly. Aroma is zesty cotton yeast, sharp white pepper, light funk, very light pear & lemon zest. Taste is sharp pear, melon, & zesty white pepper with notes of bready yeast, wet cotton, & some grassy hops. Fruitier with time, more juicy notes of pear, melon, & tangerine, still with heavy notes of yeast. Nice stuff.alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2013 Release: Fresher than my last bottle. Much bigger notes of pear & melon, less cotton & more fluffy, bread-like yeast. More pronounced hops, but still not bitter. I think I like it fresh better... Again, a pretty nice saison.
12 oz. bottle from late 2011. Pours a bright golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor had nice herbal, floral and citrus hops, additional pear fruitiness, yeast, bubble gum, light dusty funk. This was very interesting and fun. Nice summery saison during the winter. bpar73 (1133) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Nice fruitiness with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Solid saison. jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2013
A nice balance of pepper, bubblegum, cloves, and fruit esters from the Belgian yeast. Tastes a bit like Juicy Fruit gum.
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jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Gold in color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with malt and honey. Taste is of malt. nimbleprop (8437) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Sampled at EBF. Pours a hazy orange with some cloudy, white head. Fruity nose, candy sugar, yeasty esters. Flavor is sweet, candy sugar, apple. Full, sweet finish. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Draft at crunchy's tap takeover. Pale yellow with minimal head. Smells like tart pears and perfume. Tastes like tart flowers. Brigadier (3695) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Deciding to finally try these side by side I opened both the Half Acre and Shorts versions in order. This, the first, was not quite as good. I can’t put a finger on why. On its own it stands as a fine saison and I would have had no problem finishing it if tastybeer weren’t splitting the bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - The glowing carbonated base and minimal white head do not set it up for great things. Somehow though it works. The pears and peaches provide this nice tartness and hops that linger in the air like pollen.
Flavor / Palate - Pears and peaches sweeten the mouth. The transition carries into a dry yeasty finish that has a nice tang. Tropical in nature this was not the sort of thing I was expecting. For that I give it high marks even though the Half Acre version works better.
Bottle, coutesy Brigadier, thanks! Gold pour, white head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of pear, sweaty/cheesy hops, mineral, light dust, fruity ester. Taste is bitter, melon, pear. Palate is dry, high carbonation, bitter finish.