bwa5879 (949) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Graydon’s Crossing, Grand Rapids, MI. Cloudy brown with red tint, poured into a snifter. Ring of white suds and bubbles constantly rising. Aroma of muted but pungent, sour berries. Low carbonation, oily thin mouthfeel, finish leaves the back of the throat dry. Light taste. Tart rye-like belgian yeast, pine and floral hops too. Light and carbon-y bitter, pretty nice. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Picked up at Brewforia Eagle for about $4... definitely more expensive than other places in town, but I was in Eagle, so.. oh well.
Pours with a surprisingly short lasting white head atop a clear orange brew.
The aroma shows clovey phenols combining with the citrus... quite a bit of residual pale maltiness IMO.
Flavor is more leaning toward the esters with some pear and banana.. still a decent amount of clove... the citrus and peppercorn flavor merge more toward the finish... still too malty
Body is heavy for a saison... carbonation is also a bit light adding to the heavier body.
Decent beer at a decent price if I purchase elsewhere. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
375ml. Pours mostly clear golden yellow with medium white creamy head. Smell is white pepper, orange rind, lemon, fruity yeast, light spices. Taste is interesting in a good way. Smooth mix of spices, fruity, citrus, eastery yeast, pepper, floral. Finish fruity with some lingering spice and sweet. Refreshing dryness. JDBaker11058 (2310) - Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Appearance: clear bright orangey bronze with a smattering of soapy bubbles quickly vanishing. Aroma: typical saison citrus funk, with perhaps a bit more orange notes than usual. Taste: tart and mineral up front, with pronounced citrus bitterness and slowly building heat from the peppercorns. Finish: lingering tart bitter citrus and some funky spice; dry palate and very dry on the back end. Notes: On tap at Birch and Barley. I really like the regular Ovila Saison, but didn’t care for this one overmuch. A little too bitter and mineral, although I appreciated the additions of the oranges and peppercorns for complexity. Could have used a bit more sweet funk to balance.
Drake (14045) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
My 8th Sierra Nevada rating this week, and the only one not bought locally. C&C 375 mL bottle from Bestway. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of bubblegum, citrus, floral notes. The taste is bright, tart citrus, spice, including a bit of pepper, stone fruits. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer.
TheBeerGod (6244) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Rusty amber with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is grainy with light pepper notes, sweet fruit, oranges, yeast and straw. Taste is fruity with sweet malt, grains, straw, yeast, oranges, light spices/pepper and flowers. Body is medium but slightly chewy with a moderate, dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more oranges, toasted malt, grains, straw, light earthy notes, peppery spices, ripe fruits and flowers. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle..Pour is golden with a medium white head..Nose is nice citrus, spice,honey, musty yeast...Taste is nice citrus, sweet,smooth, slight pepper, soft and balanced..Not getting much peppercorn MaBeer1972 (2126) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2013
On tap at Doherty’s. Served in a tulip glass. Comes in a medium clear amber - not like any saison I’ve ever seen! Nice frothy head. Very smooth, slightly fruity and peppery. Goes down nicely. Very, very good! Not your typical saison. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Not a huge or typical saison. There’s a noticeable fruity character that is typical of a hop profile, only that it doesn’t finish with an especially strong hop bite or bitterness. Some spice in my tasting. The mandarin isn’t really there, and the orange is somewhat marginal. (on tap, Church Key, Washington DC) DocLock (10841) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
300 cL bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy orangy copper with 3-finger off-white head and spare lace. Nose is resiny hops, yeasty malt, orange zest, black and white peppercorns. Tastes of yeasty malt, orange zest, bready, and peppery. The finish has a bit of an odd flavor note, so that is a minor deduction. Overall good but not great, as the ingredients don;t seem to meld well together.