smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle from summer secret santa 2011 (ragesaq). Pours cloudy pale golden color with big white head. Floral and perfumey hops and herbal aroma with doughy yeast. Light doughy flavor with lots of citrus and herbal notes. Very earthy and a little peppery. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Aaron.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Golden colored brew. Spicy aroma. Flavor has spices, yeast, some hops, soapy. Ok. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2011
At ACBF 2011. Pale gold, coludy. Saisony aroma. Some lemon, touch of peachy soap. Touch too soapy maybe. Good dryness though. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Pretty cloudy golden pour. Beautiful herbal nose with great yeast and pepper components. Flavor holds awesome spice, yeast, and citrus. Awesome crisp palate. Wonderful saison. iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Pours a fairly clear light golden color with big white, effervescent head with lacing that recedes quickly. Aromas of spices, hay, and earthiness, some bananas. Taste is mildly sweet with some light bitterness. Palate is a little fizzy with a dry finish. Overall, tasty brew that is true style. Like the sage addition.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle at Olympen. Hazy golden with a big head. Spicy fruit nose. Rich herbal and fruity flavours, quite complex. Hints of vegetables and oregano. A nice refresher. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2011
I like the label, blair witch wanna be .. . Pours a dark gold tan, decent foam, really good lacing .. . good dose of yeast, earthy, and light over ripe fruit, peaches and pits .. . light to medium mouthfeel, could be cleaned up abit .. . i did enjoy it, but pulled me around abit .. . are the poatoes exploding yet?? FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a prodigious, four-finger thick, pale head that forms an interesting, varied head as it slowly subsides as well as leaving lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a hazy, honey-amber color that shows a deeply hazed, orange, straw color when held up to the light. The aroma has an earthy back note of Dupont-yeast like spiciness and I think the sage comes in here as well. Up front the beer has a citrus character as well as a fruity, almost tropical fruit character that perhaps reminds me a bit of juicy fruit bubblegum character; it is interesting that the hop fruit character really melds with the rustic spiciness and it transforms the hop character to be something completely different than one would find in a cleaner IPA. Specific aromatic notes of Meyer Lemon, lychee, candied lime, woody sage, a musty woodiness, a touch of phenolics that isn’t quite medicinal or plastic like. I like the juicy hop character here, it really works with the hint of sage and rustic yeast aromatics.Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2011
The beer is quite dry tasting, and nicely light bodied; the body still has a touch of viscous character, just enough to keep this from being watery. There is quite a bit of zippy carbonation, though it is not on the high side for a Saison. The beer has quite a bit of up front hoppiness that has flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo, Meyer Lemon, and Curacao orange zest. This up front character is not quite dominant, there is a strong, woody sage note and a touch of bitterness in the finish, and a deep earthy spiciness and yeast phenolic character towards the finish. The sage is actually perhaps the most dominant character in the flavor, but it couples quite prominently with a spicy, peppery fermentation character. The finish really has a sharpness and bite to it, this seems to be a combination of the hop character, the sage and the fermentation character. The hops and fermentation spiciness combine to form a sort of Japanese, pickled ginger character, as well as a spicy herbal character. There is an earthy, yeast character here that seems to suggest that quite a bit of the haze in this beer is due to yeast (I really didn’t give this any time to settle), but this is certainly not a bad thing and adds to the rusticity.
This is quite a nice Saison, it is certainly a bit rough around the edges, but that just adds to the character. The balance towards rough is caused by the ample hop character that I am quite enjoying, so I definitely wouldn’t want the hops to be reduced in order to make this softer / rounder. This is definitely my type of “Americanized” Saison.
Nice carbonation. Interesting sweetness in the flavor, somewhat dry but not completely. Fruity, spicy (pepper), herbal (pine) in all large measure. OK, but not great. Looks lovely in the glass. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sample from a bottle at PIB. Pours translucent yellow with a fine white lacing. Aroma of yeast, cider qualities, floral. Falour of yeast, coriander and floral tones. Nice flavours. Medium bodied. Complex.