BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Draft at Obriens. Brillian dark orange hue, modest headband creamy lacing. Nose is spice-tastic.... Jasmine, coriander, orange peel, honeysuckle. Flavor is light fruit esters... Pears and apples... Matched together with those delicious summer spices.... Jasmine and cinnamon and birds of paradise (literally), amidst underlying grainy malt with hints of hop bitterness, finishes with a touch of goldenrod dipped in rosewater. Light-medium body, modest carbonation, slick texture. Cry freedom Belgium, the Americans are coming to emancipate you(r beer styles)... Sam&Co have done it again, opting to play inside the boundaries of the saison style instead of peeing all over it, all Hail the Buff!!! zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours gold, with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, spices, and yeast. Flavor is herbs/spices, grapefruit, and some sugar. Surprisingly easy to drink for 6.8% scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
12 oz – The Wine Source. Clear gold, white creamy head. Floral rosemary and grassy-sage aromas warm to swirls of peppery citrus and hints of mint. Well balanced herbals round with a touch of peppery hop spice. Medium bodied, zesty carbonation, fresh herbal finish. So many possible food pairings for this, but personally a standard margherita pizza would do it just right. Very well crafted as this is quite the unique and tasty saison… jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Clear, though not sparkling yellow. Nice two finger creamy white head. Earthy-sweet herbal aroma. No typical saison yeastiness. Herbal, bitter-hoppy, bready sweet, wholly odd and not at all like any saison that I have ever had. A bit too much herbalness for my tastes and now I have the Simon and Garfunkel ear-worm in my head. obguthr (6835) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Grapefruit peel nose, moderate strength with funk undertones and herbal accents. Hazy yellow, thick fizzy white head. Tart lemon and grapefruit peel flavor with hints of funk. Bitter grapefruit peel and herb finish. Very citrusy and herbal, with less of an emphasis on the brett. Delicious, refreshing, and distinctive.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Medium bodied. All the herbs this beer is brewed with you can tell in the aroma and on the palate. I smell rosemary and thyme mostly along with sage. Decent amount of head that seems to stay around rather nicely. There is nice lacing on the glass too. I taste all the herbs mixing together on the palate. The hops and malts are hidden by them but it’s all good. Excellent, different beer. scotchzi (372) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Wasnt as great as I had hoped for from some of the three top micro brewers in the US. Sorry having said that i now feel like a dick. It was great! Saison great? No. It wasnt what i was expecting. It had none of the normal great saison sourness. It barely had that normall saison sweetness, but what it did have was a basil and sage wafting aroma. I think the basil smell came from the hops and parsley. The taste had the earthiness of a great saison. Then I got hit with all the herb flavorings. Rosemary stuck out first. Then sage with that nice xmasy feel. Then a lingering hoppy bitter flavor and a strange great weird Italian seasoning pack flavor. Once again saiason? great beer? Yes! cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2010
A-pours a slightly hazy straw colored beer with a nice tight off white head with a great lace.
S-different, tons of rosemary and sage on this, lots of herbal spices. notes of citrus and a touch of honey towards the back.
T-not really a fan, so much spice in this, the rosemary and sage really come through. probably thyme in there but not sure what that tastes like. pepper spice as well, notes of lemon and honey with a light lingering bitterness.
M-syrupy texture, medium body, reasonably smooth, lots of carbonation and a good crisp finish.
D-the spice is insane in this and lingers for quite some time. it is actually a little weird and I just don’t think it works for me. MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours an orangey gold with a big head at first and green herbal aromas. Parsley seems to lead the charge, both in aromas and flavor, which is odd and I see why parsley beer never really took off as a major craft brew movement. It’s not a horrendous disaster, but I don’t think that this is something I’ll be quick to try again. nixon66 (2) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2010 does not count
Fist official "rating" here, but this is one of the more unique beers I’ve enjoyed. Very pungent herbal aroma. With it’s Simon and Garfunkel theme of additions you get the sage and rosemary tinges right away, and it is a smooth lively sip. The herbal notes stay on your tongue for a while after the sip and it fills the mouth for a bit after the sip, but it’s not distracting at all. I’d love to enjoy this beer while having some Rosemary Lamb roast, and potatoes. I feel it would do quite well with that meal.