JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Appearance: cloudy light orangey gold, huge fluffy white head, great beading of carbonation jets and good lacing. Aroma: sweet, spicy, yeasty, herbal, with the expected gentle funk. Taste: citrus (lemon) over saltine crackers, with notes of white pepper, grass, and dandelions, with a hint of sweet-tart candies and funk. Finish: very crisp, lightly bitter, a little bready, and with a hint of herbal funk. Notes: A prototypical saison, meaning this is an excellent beer. I expect no less from Southampton, which seems to excel at farmhouse style ales. This one had a very lively palate, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. robinvboyer (4811) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle at le mondiale 2011. Great funky, peppery, citric aroma. Lots of nice grassy, hay hopiness. Great carbonation, lively and light. Light bitter finish. Great sour, funky finish, world class saison.
czar (9592) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
drank at mondial 2011 in mtl. pours bright golden, slight haze, with a towering white head, excellent retention and lacing. aroma is apple, yeast, pear, lemony. taste is honeyed malts, lemon tartness, alcohol, hint of caramel malts (shockingly with this pale blond), oaky, medium citrusy hopping, and some herbalness. very lively, microbubbly, foamy, liquid is still somewhat light bodied. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle picked up a State Line in Maryland. Currently the #6 saison. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear golden color with a thick white head that lasts for a long, long time and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bread and a mild earthy presence. Some floral character as well. The flavor brings saison yeast to the forefront, though it isn’t overpowering. Some light bready malt behind that. Mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really nice overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2011 JulienHuxley (5978) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
4 oz pour from bottle at Mondial 2011. Clear pale gold pour with abundant white head. Aroma is yeasty, lots of belgian spicyness, american hops and fresh bread. Taste is also quite spicey, crisp grain flavors, bitter finish. Tasty very american saison.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Verre de dégustation, d’une bouteille, au Mondial 2011. Arômes de levure phénolique et d’épices. Robe blonde et trouble, belle mousse et effervescence assez active. En bouche, la levure montre un caractère très phénolique et épicé (poivre). On note également une présence de blé. Finale relativement sèche, combinée à une petite pointe d’alcool et à une légère amertume. Un peu trop phénolique pour être vraiment agréable et rafraîchissante. Diogène (1214) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle sampled at Mondial de la bière 2011. Hazy straw with a thin white head with great retention. Aroma is sweet malt, slightly acidic notes, alcohol, yeast, floral and herbal notes. Flavor is alcohol, sweet pale malt, sugar (a bit cloying) yeast (mushroom), floral notes and a moderately bitter finish. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Could use a tad more attenuation. A good saison but the Saison Faucille is much better. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Straw gold with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of straw, light brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor is light brown sugar, hay, yeastiness, and bread. Medium body with nice fizzy carbonation. Very nice. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2011
750 bottle into a tulip. Aromas are lemon, coriander, bread, and some fruit. Pours a cloudy medium yellow with a thick white pillowy head with large bubbles. A beautiful beer for sure. Tastes are sweet bready yeasts up front, with hops on the back end. The spice is there but not dominant, and there is a boozy note that is surprising. Body is light to medium and the carbonation is high, perhaps a little over the top on that note. Overall, this is a very good and interesting saison, great for a summer evening. fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Aroma:Smells like coriander, lemon zest, yeast, soap. Pretty much like I would expect a good saison to smell like.
Appearance:Clear golden colored beer with enormous head filled with white fluffy bubbles.
Taste:It’s rather sweet for a saison. There’s some coriander, clove, ginger, and soap. Tons of complexity, and no off flavors.
Palate:Light to medium body. It tingles my tongue somewhat, more so than just the carbonation, which is also good.
Overall:This is a wonderful saison with lots of great flavors and complexity.