Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Hazy orange-yellow with a white head. Aroma is yeast, wheat, spices and oranges. Flavor is wheat, saison yeast, pepper, coriander and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2012
My last bottle from standing in line in the freezing cold, January 2011. Pours golden orange with a huge bubbly whitish sandy head. The aroma and flavor both bring spicy white wine notes, like a spicy Chardonnay. The silky mouthfeel described is quite notable with the carbonation being prevalent but working well with the palate. The flavors also bring some citrus notes in the background, with a bit of bitterness to complement it. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Sampled March 2011; RBWGmadvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2012
The beer pours with a hazed, pale amber color and it is topped by a thin, white head. Sweet apple aromatics are balanced by a yeasty note and some earthy spiciness.
The beer is tart tasting up front, it is very apple like in many ways, and the finish has spiciness to it that is quite earthy with a touch of pepper like character to it. The fruitiness accentuates the sweetness that is in the middle and finish of this beer; upfront this beer actually starts out quite dry. Earthy, pale malt cracker notes are noticeable and there is also a touch of Saison-like mustiness at times in the finish.
The green, apple like fruitiness is a bit much here, and the spiciness can’t quite balance things out.
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - This gusher pours hazy amber with a huge white head. Nose is peppery, with tropical fruit and a malty, sweet, rustic grain backbone. Taste is apple cider, honey, and white grape, finishing with a mineral dryness, white pepper, and pineapple. Smooth and well-carbonated--a very nice beer. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Friday evening addition. Pours a richly deep golden pour, mellow haze with glowing deeper hues, gold and touches of dulled orange. Well carbonated with a big cakey offwhite head that sticks around big, laces well overall. Aromas are touches of dry yeasty elements, some spice, pears and apples with some touches of banana, suntan lotion, grass and gentle touches of sweeter malts. Bready, doughy, touch of citrusy hard candy. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering touches of florals, dandelion, kiss of apricot. Grass, mellow perfumey and melon element. Touches of spice, banana, and a touch of tropical fruit. Really rich complex flavors as the middle gets a touch sweet, quickly moving into touches of white grape, white peach, gentle spice and yeasty element. Really rich (but not in any way too sweet) fruity flavors and gentle yeast, bready malts, spice and nice flavors. Quite the standout offering here.
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2012
750ml foiled and capped to the very top. Golden with huge dense white head. Slightly lacto/tart, lemon, spice from the rye, hints of pepper. Slightly skunky and some metallic...maybe from the poor fill? Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Big thanks to callmemickey for sharing this one at last Saturday’s Philly tasting. Serve din a mini tulip.
Pours a moderate golden color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of citrus and light spice. A touch of earth as well. The flavor has some light grain character along with a bit of citrus peel, spice, and a very light floral character. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This doesn’t live up to Peconic, but is still quite good in its own right.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pours a transparent pale golden orange, very active bubbles with tons of tight white head. The nose is fruity, yeast notes behind with a touch of peppery spice. Lemon, peach, zesty. The taste is a bit sweeter, still has the bright golden fruits but a touch sugary. The zesty spice and yeast is underplayed but still nicely integrated. Te body is light, fairly dry. Assertive carb, a touch juicy in the palate. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
lightly effervescent dark gold, pussy white head, heavy lacing. Nose is dry paper and grape skin, white pepper. Flavor is more grape and dough, less of the pepper and dryness, would prefer less sweetness but grain finish is enjoyable. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Tasted on 12/3/11 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy golden orange with a massive, rocky white head that recedes very slowly to thin lace. The nose is classic saison with a lightly creamy note, tons of spicy aromas, cereal malt, and very floral hops. The flavor is the same, with a lightly creamy note, spicy flavors that derive from rye and hops, cereal malt, and very floral and lightly bitter hops. The body is medium with lively carbonation creating a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a long, spicy and floral finish.