slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014 ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too many draught samples at Sunset Grill, freshly tapped and all between June and July 2008.
Pours fine, though somewhat dark. Clear....Very little aroma, with light caramel and rich honey.
Saison??? Not that I expected much from these guys, but come on! This is pathetic. The cherry flavor is muted, and at least isn’t candyish or overdone, but there’s no barrel-aging apparent (or very little, gotta love that it is aged with "oak staves"....). Mouthfeel is just sticky and completely opposite from crisp and refreshing. Sweet, absolutely uncomplex and boring.
They call this Southern Tier Cherry Ale, and it gets a 3.6 or something like that. Put the word "Saison" on the label? I don’t think so.
this is one of those beers that i’d buy a lot more often if it wasn’t hard to get (in Reno/Cali) and cheaper. big woodsie slightly sour oak and cherry aroma. nice feel, with some spicy zest to the flavor, with more of a sweet cherry presence than sour. nothing artificial tasting at all. a nice beer, just not quite worth the premium price." generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
It had a hazy body with a cool orange amber color. Its head was thin, white in color and faded fast leaving some slippery lace that slide down the glass. The aroma was no doubt Belgian. It’s full of doughy and earthy yeast with mellow spicy wood tones and just a hint of cherry. The flavor is bold and attacks the tongue with spicy oak wood, herbal hops and funky doughy yeast and malts that add some sourness. The alcohol is quite noticeable throughout and tart cherry is picked up in the finish, which is quick and dry. Carbonation is modest leaving the mouth feel somewhat flat but smooth in the medium to full body.
boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
22oz. bomber: This one was hiding at the back of the fridge, where it has been since I got it. It pours a fairly clear, golden color. There was very little head on it, and left no lacing. Interesting aroma. Hint of sour cherries, some oak, faint spices. Earthy, a bit funky, but doesn’t smell infected. Taste is interesting. Some tart cherry, bready, some candi sugar. It’s not very sweet, but there seems to be an underlying subtle sickly sweetness to it. It should probably stay retired. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2013
First bottle at the ba tasting. Light cherry nose, sourness, blue cheese, earthy acidic. Chewy body. I remeber having fresh, it was bad then. It improved slightly. hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
In bottle. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Saison yeasty aroma, musty hay and honey. Tastes of lemon rind, cherry, and a little metallic quality. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. One of the better cherry beers i’ve had
daje (4436) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden body, medium white head. Aroma of fresh hops, cherries, spicy and some sourness. Taste is fruity with oak, cherries (and other berries I think), bread and yeast. Dry finish sweetened by berries. MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden with off white head. Spicy aroma with notes of cherries, yeast and dirt. Slightly salty flavour with some sweetness and a decent punch of bitterness. Very flowery and fruity flavour with caramel and syrup notes and palate. Nice and complex beer. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Thanks to Ralph for sharing this at Woodshop 2012. A cherry saison is an interesting idea; however, the cherry flavor in this beer was barely present and it was a medicanal (cough drop?) cherry flavor. Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a thin wispy white head. Cherry, banana, and barnyard aromas. Sweet spicy flavor with cherry, lemon, orange, and barnyard notes. Light and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish. ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bomber. This beer is apparently retired, so not sure how old the bottle is. Pours a hazy amber orange with finger width white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an acidic frutiness. Taste is initially tart, then sweet. Fruit notes abound, but the alcohol is apparent as well. Interesting, most likely better in the summer months.