Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Aroma is heat spiced with a strong parfumerie and floral arrangement. High malt with a unique flavor of spices both earthy and Christmas. The hops brings a subtle approach yet is not the main achievement. A special beer nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
The aroma is fantastic with spice, incense, citrus, flowers, and perfume. It’s almost not like a beer. The appearance is amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma and almost to complex. The palate is smooth. Overall a very interesting beer. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
This pours a murky copper color with a thick lasting fluffy head on top. At first I pick up a fruit cocktail melange in the aroma with passion fruit, mango, and melons. That combines with funky yeast and quite a bit of pepper. As I go back for another whiff, strong floral notes invade the senses. The flavor follows that; very floral and herbal, like hibiscus or rose peddles are shoved in here with grassy weeds, and lots of chamomile. There’s also a definite peppery spicy hop profile to this that’s crisp and pairs well with the sweeter notes of flowers and fruit. To me, this seems like a cross between Stillwater’s Cellar Door and Southampton’s Cuvee de Fleurs. The Cellar Door connection hit me right away with the dry peppery hop thing but it took me a few minutes to realize the strong floral notes are somewhat similar to the Southampton brew. I thought this was really good stuff. Really dig what Stillwater is doing. callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep orange-amber body. Slightly hazy with quite a few floaties... Thin off-white frothy head. Just a few stray tufts of lace left behind after each sip.
S: Bold grassy and floral notes. A light zesty undercurrent of lemon. Yeasty. No funk or must. Fairly one dimensional, but nice nonetheless.
T: Floral notes start to takeover from the grassy notes that were dominant in the nose. Less yeasty, but still some citrus. Some pepper that wasn’t in the nose. Flavor profile is a bit abrupt.
M: A refreshing and invigorating saison. Medium to light bodied. Muted finish.
O: In the end, the beer is a bit too "one note" for my liking. A trap many floral saisons run into. A solid effort though and certainly doesn’t diminish my interest in Stillwater’s import series. Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle from Franklin’s in Hyattsville, MD. A bit of a gusher. Hazy amber with floating particles. Large offwhite head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready notes, cherries, big spice notes, toffee, nuts and a slight buttery note. The taste is big spice, almost coming across as eggnog spice grassy hops, citrus, nutty notes. Tart finish. Medium bodied.
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle from Riley’s in Madison.make for a floral and herbal taste combination that is interesting and different. Not great taste, but sippable and unique. Great generous retained head. Tad above average mouthfeel. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Tap at Max’s of Fells Point. The pour is a cloudy, glowing straw. Looks like witbier. Nose is cidery with yellow apple. Taste is sugary yellow apple, chamomile, weird medicinal characters with lots of cider character overlain. Big carbonation. Could be mistaken for cider. marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - OCT 11, 2011
Al Villaggio della Birra 2011 di Bibbiano; non male, ma siamo sicuri sia stata fatta negli USA? BeerandBlues2 (13199) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large, frothy white head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is huge fruity esters, grapes and vinous notes, light hay malt, and farmhouse yeast. Flavor is sage, floral hops, light bitterness, citrus and fruity esters, black pepper, light malt, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
hazy gold, heavy lacing with light white ring. Milky dough nose, light citrus and peach. Flavor equally lactic, bit of toast, citrus, and hay through the finish, bit of orange peel.