BillKismet (4060) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Sparkling golden tanned body with a luxurious fluffy head. Exquisite olfactory symphony of spiced floral hops and prickly yeast arc into a transcendant apex of piquancy. The body is spicy and yeasty and hoppy, but has a strong green dankness of skunk cabbage or cannabis. The finish is perhaps too green with youth. Perhaps this will mellow and improve with age? On reading the description, I think the the spices may need time to mellow and perhaps the tannins will too fade a bit. Aroma promises too much, but perhaps the rest of the beer will shape over time, in which case, this may be worth revisiting. Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2010
bottle at Beer Engine, sample thanks to thelizard. slightly hazy golden pour into shaker. Definitely get the rosemary on the nose and a bit in the aftertaste, there’s almost a minty taste right before the rosemary that is not at all bad and very refreshing. This was a favorite of the table and an unexpectedly great beer. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle. Bottle pours a clear golden with a faint amber hue and a whispy film off off-white head. Aroma has a grassy spicy character. Some faint barnyard funk. Nice flavor with rich spice character and some sweet floral notes.
Knownfactor (9) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2010 does not count
pours cloudy golden with a light fluffy head, looks really good! Aroma is spicy/floral with a hint of herbs. Taste is powerful, lightly bitter/hoppy with spicy, grassy, herbal perfume notes. Medium bodied. moderately bitter aftertaste that is also herbal. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
[Draft @ Frisco Grill] Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, floral hops, citrus, toast, and spices. Taste of citrus, pine, lemon, bitter hops, and more spices in the finish.
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 (12oz bottle via trade with BA pastradul) clear pale yellow with a few off-white bubbles. Nose has tons of rosemary, cotton candy and other herbs. Taste is floral, perfume, rosemary, grassy, herbal, and spicy. Well carbonated finish, long herbal linger. Unique! The best of the 3 beers in this series. Stone nailed it. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2010
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. You know what would go well with this beer? Pork, baby. Splash some of this on the pig and it’ll come out succulent and sharp. In other words, the nose is straight Simon & Garfunkel, with the emphasis on the sage and rosemary. I am not opposed in principle to such additions in a saison by any stretch. But the base beer was like an unfinished version of the solid (but not spectacular) Victory brew which got, for lack of a better term, Calagioned. Again, not opposed in principle and I enjoyed this beer in stretches. But there was way too much rosemary and bitters, and the beer at times tasted like Brazil nuts to me. IainOg (75) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2010
a good one. complex and multi-layered. pale golden hue with a big head and some lacing. the herbs are first and most dominant in the aroma, particularly the sage, though you get a lot of phenolic quality from the yeast as well. that comes through even more on the taste -- some parsley, but mostly yeasty saison funk with some orange and even more pepper, light malty breadiness. light body, well carbed, and apleasant, dry finish where the hops come through a bit more. very refreshing. nice lingering herbal quality with notes of thyme. RedSox2004 (1895) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Straw color with a slight haze, strong bright white head that held forever, and terrific lacing. Strong lemony herb and pepper aromas, accompanied by other citrus and cloves. Flavor matched the aroma, perhaps less intense, and included a bready chewiness. Light bodied, but plenty of carbonation to fill it out, and a crisp citrusy aftertaste. dogfish120love (1331) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a bright straw yellow with a billowing lather of foam. The aroma is highly floral with notes of pepper and rosemary. The parsley and sage also shine through in the nose. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but by no means cloying. Du BUFF shows hints of lavendar and the palate is moderately dry.