Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had tap at the Solemn Oat beer dinner at Wild Monk. Served in a pilsner-esque taster.
A: Pours a clear golden color with a thin whtie head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and it leaves some sticky lace down the glass.
S: Some light pear, stone fruit and yeast all show up in the nose. The yeast is slightly peppery and phenolic. Some light cracker malts are present as well to give it a litte edge.
T: The taste follows the nose. Nice stone fruit and pear flavors mixed with some spicy, peppery yeast. Lighter malts show up on the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied, this is definitely heftier than most other saisons. Nice medium carbonation level with dry, almost chalky finish.
O: I actually really enjoyed this. The 6 oz. pour I had was perfect and I’d definitely try this again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-28-2012 kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draught at the brewery. Pours a dark orange amber with a thin creamy head. Not particularly funky with a little yeasty esther, more dry and earthy aroma. Flavor is dry, tart with little sourness. Finishes dry, nice crisp carbonation. Solid.
DrnkMcDermott (3201) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 oz. taster at S.O. "Plain" saison funk in the nose… I say "plain" because I’ve the white pepper variation in the next glass. Taste also has that happy rustic ale funk and fruitiness of a warm ferment. Not so tart as they claim, but instead some stone fruit and dubbel sweetness. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazed, golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity and somewhat spicy with a lightly sweetened, bready malt backing. Some citruses with a light tartness, Belgian yeast pepper, a light floral note, and a few melon fruits. Flavor is similar. Fruity with a somewhat spicy Belgian yeast up front before a lightly sweetened, bready malt backing comes in. A bit earthy with some pepper and melon before this finishes fairly fruity and lightly tart with some yeast spice and a moderate bitterness that dries this out with a light malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid saison. Fairly fruity with a nice, dry, somewhat spicy bitterness balanced with a firm, bready malt backing. I like the light tartness in the finish as well. Nice beer. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Draft at Belgian Fest. Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. light haze. The nose is softly Belgian and fruity. White pepper and rubber. Faint pils malt, hopping seems low. Alcohol is noted. On tasting, quite fruity with more of the rubbery notes. A firm bitterness is there but the yeast is distracting, drying it out with some astringency. Light bready grain notes and some hops on finish. Okay.
tmoreau (4888) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 On tap at the annual CBS picnic and self served to clear plastic with a lightly hazed, orange/amber color, moussy, cream colored froth to the lingering head, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The aroma presented some dank grain pungency, moderate fruit & citrus, and some yeasty spice & pepper. The flavor contributed smooth malt, some sweetness, medium hop bitterness, a bit of acidity, and alcohol content that didn’t hide, resulting in a strong and dry finale. Started out questionable but ended up rather strong. Pun intended! Next time, on tap at Ellyn’s in Glen Ellyn, IL. Dispensed to a fluted snifter with a clear & bright, deep golden color. The hop bitterness was earthy, with some lingering quality to it, and followed by a bit of tartness. Again, the alcohol was definite and warming. +.1 TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Draft on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a richer glowing hazy golden hue, some honey deeper darkness, haze, big cakey offwhite head cakes big, laces ok. Aromsa are gentle spice, yeast, and doughy sweetness. Apple, pear, gentle growing earthy hop bitterness. More spice, orange rind, and cereal elements, dough. Initial is medium bodied, preaching a lively white peach, apple, pear, lemon, grapefruit feel up front. Some spice, florals, and fuzzy peach. Middle grives more yeast, spice, doughy and cereal malts, bread. Dryness still remains on the palate, dough, apple, pear sweet fruit elements. Backend and finish remains a bit spicy, doughy, mellow cereal sweet. Tart fruit, orange, rind, spicy yeast, doughy sweet and bready malts keep on in finish, a firm hop load, lingers on a bit of tart, citrus, fruit, dough. Pretty solid, fruity, dry and bittter nice hop profile for how big it is. I liked this. Kinda in a similar wheelhouse to the FFF Zes Zes Zes offering that is also out.