boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle... Poured golden/yellow/orange with a thick, foamy white head. Rosemary and parsley screamed in the aroma. Lettuce, leafy, with yeast tartness. Also notes of basil, italian seasoning. It felt refreshing, but a little unbalanced and over the top with the spices. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
nose smells floral, sweet, spicy, perfumed, soapy, fruity like orange/apricot, but mostly soapy from a combination of the yeast I’m predicting I’m about to hate and all those herbs added to the beer, though the nose did not have any indications of any of particular herb, per se. Pours a see-through yellow color with thin, bright-white head. Yep, yeast and spice-dominated flavors and spicy, but not necessary any one of the particular herbs added... more perfumed soapy characteristics and some hints of orange and apricot, maybe even kumquat (because it kind of tastes like a kumquat saison iceman and I brewed back in the day...it was a failure of a homebrew in my opinion)...whether this beer is a failure is up to you...the more I think about it, the more I realize that although i don’t like overly estery belgian/saison yeast profiles nor do I like spices in beer...this beer, as strong as it is in both of those components, is surprisingly less offensive than it should be. It’s very homebrew-esque though as I have found a lot of stone’s belgian-style attempts to be...but really, it’s not all that bad and I should really hate this, but I don’t know if i do. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, golden colored body with a steady rise of carbonation. Big, fluffy, cloud-like, white head that collapses slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is softly spiced with a pleasant hopping. Some fresh herbal and floral citrus, lemon-grass, soft rosemary, and other spices. Some lightly sweetened, pale cereal malts and honey. Flavor is similar with a little more emphasis on the herbal, spicy hops. Lots of floral citrus and lemon-grass again with a light honey and cereal malt graininess. Still a good amount of soft spices, yet they take a bit of a backseat to the hops. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with some grass, florals, spices, and a light grainy malt sweetness that lingers for a medium duration. Light to medium body, very soft and smooth, and a moderate, creamy, lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer and a nice saison. Very soft on the palate with a pleasant floral and grassy hoppiness and mixture of spices. I liked this one a lot. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottled. Pale hazes yellow and orange with thin bubbly but lacy white lasting head. Aroma is honey, lemon maybe halls cough drops, with a touch of lighter spice. Something about it is very medicinal about the aroma but oddly in a very good way. Flavor is also spiced, wheat, still honey, still lightly acidic, all lightly bitter throughout but pretty wet feeling on tongue. A really fine brew! Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
12oz. bottle. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden hue with a small, smooth head of off-white to cream colored foam. The cap settles to a thin but well retained blanket, and it leaves solid sheets of lacing with a saw tooth edge at the top. The aroma is quite obviously heavily spiced, showing a massive herbal overtone of fresh thyme and sage. Dry, cracker-like malts and hints of cereal grain show in the malt base, while notes of grassy hops, lemon, and coriander all foreshadow the bitterness that is to come. As suspected, the first sip is extremely bitter and herbacious, assaulting the palate with sage and thyme oils, pithy lemon rind, earhty coriander, and minerals. The attack continues with aggressive, bitter grassy and sprucy hops, which, combined with the aforementioned herbs, crushes any malt complexity that might live beneath. The palate is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry, leaving the tongue more and more parche as each sip goes by. This is not my kind of beer at all. I appreciate a dry, spicy saison, but the intensity of the bitter herbs is just too much for me, and there’s way too much going on here.
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 Cheers to these three wonderful, fascinating breweries for making a beer that really captures the spirit of collaborative brewing as well as anything I’ve tasted in months. A ridiculous concept of a beer, the spices and herbs dominate pretty much all phases, from the nose and initial sip to the lingering finish that made me feel like I’d just eaten a handful of leaves. A little surprised there’s no basil in the ingredients list, but the grassy overall flavor of the beer jives well with my thoughts on saison as being a style open to wide interpretation and with some of the most surprising flavors in the beer world. I’ve got to hand it to BUFF, because I want to buy more bottles and share this one with the world. lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle. A slightly hazy gold pour with a thick and fluffy off-white head. The herbal aroma is dominated by rosemary and thyme. Sage and parsley are present in the background along with some grapefruits, rinds, and a bit of lemon. Goes down thin to medium-bodied, fairly crisp, and refreshing. Semi-sweet bready qualities upfront taste-wise. A yeasty middle with hints of that rock hard bubblegum you find in old packs of baseball cards. Finishes kinda tart with grapefruits, zesty orange peels, and some lemon. Very herbaceous throughout with all the aforementioned ingredients present here and there. THIS is what it’s all about. Creativity and quality like this always makes me wanna start brewing up my own shit. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Pours a pale golden yellow color with a soapy white head. Has an aroma of citrus, grass, and spice. Spice dominates on the nose. Has a lemon zest, citrus sweet taste. Some bitterness. Not a fan of the spices used. Too dominant. oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Good example of a saison. Smooth and light. Great summer beer. On tap at Iron Abbey. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
12oz bottle from WLV... pours a mostly transparent pale yellow brown with a moderate,fluffy soapy white head... aroma is chock full of spice with the most of it being rosemary and thyme. perhaps a little bit overdone on the spice front and might be better suited for a pizza. fruity belgian saison yeast esthers in the background but play much less or a role but add somewhat of a release to the abundance of spice.... flavors hold up a little better with the fruitier saison aspects and a dry lingering bitter finish. the mid-palate again is quite spice-centric, like the nose, and takes away from its enjoyability. exuberent carbonation gives it some life but everything reverts back to the spices.