csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 July ’07 tasting. 16 ounce can provided by theisti. Aroma is spice (clove), pepper, and a mild earthiness. Taste is spice/clove, pepper, and maybe a touch of banana.
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
Additional notes. The color is nearly gold, which places it on the dark side for a typical saison. The color means a fair amount of specialty malts were used, not something I typically enjoy in the style. There is a profound pepperiness to the beer, with all the heat you might get eating a peppercorn that has not been crushed well, as well as the pepper flavor. It seems like the beer improves after a few minutes, maybe it is purging some of the more funky volatile yeast byproducts. The beer is just a bit on the harsh side, it might be the hops, it might be the yeast, but something is amiss. It also seems like the beer is much smoother when it has a chance to warm. Right out of the fridge, it seems a bit too aggressive, but after a bit of time the fruit comes out a little more in the aroma and the thickness given by the oats becomes more apparent. This is a good beer, the best saison out of a can that I have ever tried, but I have to disagree with the brewers choice of specialty malts, they add too much to the beer, and I am not keen on the yeast selection and/or the fermentation process. It tastes alot like Safeale T58, with all the pepper. Score stays the same, but I fear I overrated it the first time around. Thanks for the can Tim.
Orange pour with next to no head or lacing. Weak peppery aroma. Loads of coriander and pepper, dry mouthfeel and very mild fruity sweetness. Overall decent, but just not that enthralling. DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma is zesty citrus and malty sweetness. Flavor has a nice earthy funk to it mixed in with a bit of bitter hops. More citrus fruits like lemon and orange peel as well. Finishes slightly dry and bitter, nice carbonation that fits well. Nice! Thanks to DJ for just handing me this at work because I claimed I needed a surly fix! dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2008
elgaucho provided can.
poured cloudy yellow gold, nice white head. aroma of subtle fruit and air. teh taste is sweet, with a trace of grapefruity bitterness. kind of a spicy finish. bit too sweet for me. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours clear deep gold with copper core and weak off white head. The aroma is pretty big to start with sweet malts mixed with lemon, candi sugar, peach, sweet apples and some mild earthiness. The taste is nice and fresh with both sweet and tart notes coming from such things as candi sugar, tart lemon, apples and mild yeast spices. Seems to end with a tasty mild malt roastiness.
Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Courtesy of Monger. Thanks again, James. Orange pour with reddish hues throughout the heart of the body. Soapy looking head, loosely constructed and about 2 fingers thick. Spotty drip lacing present once the head recedes, which takes a good while. Nose of coriander, citrus zest, clove, mandarin oranges and nectarines. Still tastes pretty damn fresh almost a year after canning. Spices dominate in the flavor department, coriander and clove are the main ones I can detect, but I am sure there are more. Also has a lot of citrus fruit and zest going on. I don’t get any black pepper or really peppery spice of any kind though. Medium bodied, very nice mouthfeel, I’m going to think that is thanks to the oats that were used. I love that they do that with their beers, it makes a Saison or a Brown Ale that much more unique and fun to drink. Finish is lengthy, some hoppy spice, lemons and a bit of perfume/floral spice. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Clear golden body with a small white head. The nose is herbal and floral hops, honey and lavender. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with lots of floral/herbal hops, light pepper, cotton candy and cracker. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation and long bitter finish. dmac (6267) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
16 oz can of pure joy thanks to artusory, thanks Ryan. This is one grat beer but a saison, where’s the driness?? I like it hte way it is so keeo that boring dry shit away from one of the best canned beers ever! Pours a super hazy orange with a small white foamy head. Aroma is(insert Borat voice) NICE!! Candied sugar, fruity(aprocot, peach, apple), bread and yeast. Flavor starts off bready and dry then a nice fruitiness kicks in along with some caramel, toffee maltiness. This is one nice tall boy, unlike Shaq, he might be tall but his table manners are applorable, NO ELBOWS ON THE TABLE SHAQ-A-HACK!! Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Courtesy of artusoryErdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Can: The aroma is yeasty, floral, fruity, herbal, and light pepper. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that fades quickly to a thin film. The flavor start very floral with some light yeastiness in the background. It finishes herbal with some light pepper. Light bodied with soft carbonation.
Looks great, pours a big head and there’s some lacing. Color is golden. Smell is just you would think a saison would taste like with the farmhouse smells, but then there’s also floral aroma hops that make a big hop character. Funky farmhouse with huge hop floral notes that remind me of perfume, then leaves a bitterness on my tongue my lasts a while. Yeah, the hops are very perfumatic with their almost grassy fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very good medium-full bodied beer. Overall I like it, but something in the hop character makes it a once in a while beer instead of a "drink many of them" beer. I think I just have to get used to grassier hops...especially since it’s paired with a Belgian beer profile, I haven’t had many of the grassy hop profile beers. Just read Surly’s website and they imported some new hops for fruity character, so that’s the perfume hops I must be smelling.