tfontana (975) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn’t as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isn’t great, however.
S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, it’s mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.
T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison that’s only let down by occasional overt sweetness.
M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. That’s never good. Otherwise, it’s easy to drink.
O: This one’s nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.
Bottle pour into tulip glass from the brewery. Aroma is bready base with muted esters, yeast, and some alcohol. Appearance is hazy golden yellow with noticeable floaters; fizzy, effervescent (loud) transient finger-width white head fading to tiny white ring with no lacing. Taste is lightly sweet with some tart (reminds me of a Chardonnay). Palate is light bodied with thin texture and soft carbonation; airy finish. Overall, this is fairly disappointing on all fronts. Everything is really restrained/faint except for the fizzy pour--this may have been a bit old, I’ll have to rerate at some point. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a hazy yellowish/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus, and yeasty. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste. zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bomber. Pours a cloudy orange with a dissipating white head and sweet fruity, spicy aroma. Taste is full of spices and fruity notes along with yeast into the peppery, fruity finish. jjgmd (2162) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
With Z, a bomber, pours a dark rusty orange with a very small beige head. Nose is yeast, spice and cloves. Taste is yeast with good funk, with spice , cloves and alcohol . Ends on the same tasting notes with a moderately long alcoholic ending . Nice saison ! Quaff Score 7 / 10 madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2015
2013 purchased at Kenny Road Market in Columbus, Ohio for $2 in 2015 and enjoyed September 9, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.
Look - Thick bubbled white head was there but gone before the picture. None left. No lacing. Very clear cider like body.
Smell - Sour. Apple. Pineapple. Strawberry.
Taste - Cider like apple/sour. Yeast. Malt. Cinnamon.
Feel - Carbonation surprises me with look. Heavy.
Overall - This is a two year old farmhouse. I didn’t have high expectations. Mainly a cider compared to saison.
DialSquare (5029) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Bomber from Kenny Road Market: murky gold pour, thin tan head. aroma of sweet lemony, yeast, background candy banana. tastes are malty, honey candy, belgian spices, dough, little funk, earthy. some late bitterness. feels heavy - yeasty, sweet sipper. kind of weird and all over the place. cheap (5858) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at hollywood during the spring Harley tour of 15. Looks like pale lager, has a stronger sweeter almost volatile smell. First taste is not as rude as I was expecting considering the alky content, hides it well. Rather smooth and well behaved. Even has hints of wildness on the tart side if you look fer them. Now a slight aroma of mildness sticks its head upa as well. Civilized and one of the better higher alky saisons I’ve had. Nice job smutty. ceason (30) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy orange-gold with a small white head. Aromas of yeast, spices and a variety of fruit. Tastes quite fruity along with spices and a good amount of sweet malt and yeast. Medium bodied. Well done. rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Solid, but boring saison. Appropriate hay, yeast, pepper, slightly tart, minimal barnyard. Just fine, TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bomber compliments of Phatdog1. Poured an unfiltered golden color with a white top and lacing. Taste of lemon grass, spice, earthy, and a touch of sage. Lively carbonation, medium body. Overall it’s a little watery on the palate, but Smuttynose did a fine job of hiding the alcohol!