superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/2/2011. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a very nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some very nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apricot, herbal, grape, orange peel, lemon zest, grass, pepper, yeast spices, and light funk. Nice, complex, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of pear, apricot, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast spices. Light tartness on the finish, with lingering notes of citrus zest, pear, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great malt and spice flavor balance, with the malt being stronger. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. Nice fruity flavor and balance; and very easy to drink. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2012
pale golden with small head. the pear is a very nice addition to the flavors. not a lot of saison funk, but this is an excellent beer. hayduke (5207) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a cloudy gold with a big white head and a lot of lacing. Nose is earthy and spicy. Medium body and nice mouthfeel. Flavor is loaded with floral hops. Finish shows some bitterness and cloves. Nails the style perfectly and is easy drinking and enjoyable. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. The look is clear, white head, and golden yellow in color. The smell is mellow, fruits, hops, and spice. The taste is spice, hops, yeast, and ok. jkwalking05 (4740) - 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.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Sampled at GTMW. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Aroma of pear, belgian yeast, typical notes of grass and bread. Nice pear and grape note peak out though. Flavor is pear, bread, and peach with herbal and grassy hop notes. I prefer this to the Half Acre version as well. Some pepper comes out in the finish. I would like to spend a lot more time with this beer. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Thanks to Steve for the hookup! Mostly clear gold pour with a roiling carbonation and good retention. A pear saison with hops, very interesting. But what gives it such quirkiness is the almost rye quality from the woody spice, like a slice of pear on a black pepper cracker. Digs. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
draft, Pours hazed gold wh head nose grassy and citrus floral, flavors of bright grassy and spicy peppery hops, lemon citrus, fresh and tasty. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle, muled across the Midwest by my buddy Steve – thanks! Pours a clear golden with a thin ring of white head. Nose is an intriguing blend of pear and floral hops. Light barnyard mustiness and farmhouse yeast. At first sip, the sweetness from the pear lingers before giving way to a strong hop presence; in a good way. Piney too. The farmhouse vibe is still evident, but the use of the hops steals the show. Good stuff! Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle
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.