abcfan (928) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Different. Pours a clear orange with little head. Aroma is smoke / cherry with some candi sweetness. Taste is a bit heavy on the smoke with some cherry notes. Smokey medicinal finish. Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
This was a great bomber to end the dinner and beer session. Strong on the Belgian flavor. Crisp with a yeasty finish. nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2014
22oz bottle I picked up at Trader Joe’s of all places. Pours a crystal clear orange with some thin, lacing white head. Nose is very interesting, some wheat chaff, a bit of cold smoke, chestnut honey, malt, some bright fruit, could be cherry, could be starfruit, some candy sugar, some spice. Flavor is a little industrial, paint, malt, heavy floral petal, some orange, some mint, straw. Odd, industrial finish. I don’t know about this. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate sweet apple, banana, Belgian yeast, light smoky notes, orange peel, and a touch of floral notes. It pours a transparent orange with a two finger yellow-tinged off-white head that eventually fades a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s a decent amount of webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of apple, faint banana, and Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate smoked meat, light-moderate floral notes, light bretty notes, lemon peel, and band aid/plastic. The smoke is definitely stronger than the aroma lead me to anticipate. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, on top of coming to the conclusion that a smoked Saison just probably isn’t my thing, the band aid/plastic notes are a little unpleasant as well. closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Golden with lacy offwhite head; aroma is sweet and yeasty; Flava is very rich smoky and fruity sweet; feels medium and silky; finishes malty dry and bitter
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Had this in the fridge for a few weeks.... decided to give it a go tonight... Poured into my HotD tulip... slightly hazed golden with a decent white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is a bit lighter than I was expecting... but when I get a good read it is apple juice/pear cider and sweet wood smoke.. I guess that jives, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so clear and also one dimensional... a bit of clovey phenol with warmth so rises sharp EtOH vapors.
The smoke really blooms on the palate, but still jives with what the nose tells us... pretty big-boned estery/stone fruit... plenty of fruitiness but a pretty sharp clove bite seems IMO out of place.. Saison? Not what I would picture, but maybe a BSPA? Smoke essence combines with the phenols and get a bit "bandaid" for my liking... Boozy.
Seems too heavy on the palate to be a saison... perhaps a big-boned BSPA, but even then I don’t care for the brew too much.
Nothing but respect and my hope for peace for Matt’s family and friends. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours golden, eggshell head. Aroma is clove, smoke, spice, and bananas. Flavor is sweet malt, spice, smoke, and light cherry. Smoke lingers in the finish. Bule (2309) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
On Tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a pale straw color without any head. Citrusy flavors, mild belgian yeast. Higher alcohol not noticeable.
mdindy (38) - Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
color is nice clear copper tint with white head and doughy aroma. strong flavors of cherry and spices, boozy/alcohol undertones. heavy malts, yeast and thick smokey taste. definitely a slow sipping beer. very strong for a saison, great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft at taps 25. Light gold with an off white head. Light cherry and funk in the aroma. Smoke, yeast and funk with a cherry aftertaste.