VinegarStroke (448) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle: Some haze, good head and lace. Lifted, fruity and fresh. Primary. Palate is a little sweet and short. It's ok but not great. Leighton (22555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Bottle sharednon CO. Cheers Duke! Pours unclear gold with a frothy, white head. Grainy aroma, some toasted honey, pale grains. Light sweet flavour with lots of grains, hints of molasses, bread. Medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Sugary finish, more crackers, honey. So so. dnstone (3592) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Pours a clear golden with suds of head. Light bodied, peppery. Light malty aroma. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2017
Notes: on tap at the brew pub, June ’17
Nice tall head with an active yeast. Not very distinguishing as a saison, but not out of bounds in any way, either. Medium weight and medium finish. Cereal, hay, black pepper, dough. PanMarek (464) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Lots of thick, white persistent foam that becomes rocky, over a clear, light amber pour. Malty nose with touches of cereal, sweetness, and some pepper spice. The taste has some lemony notes. The cereal malt is less present in the taste. A slight yeasty / ester tang that picks up the mineral touches. The rustic aspect comes out as it warms, in part with the depth of the malt and a herbaceous set of flavors. The musty aspect is faint. Thin, crisp body with moderately active fizz. A saison in the traditional mode and good in that respect.
Reid (2650) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2017
500 ml bottle from Lifesource in Salem OR Ernest (7863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2017
$5.79..on sale on a warm shelf so lets hope for the best
Pours a ever so slightly hazed bright golden colour with a huge rocky/chunky white head.
Not smelling much because of the thick head what i do get is a slight hint of peppercorn and dough.
Taste very balanced.banana, yeast, drying and peppery ..slightly acetic with a hint of lemon drops. Very nice.
Nice palate.smooth yet complex, perfectly carbonated..soft.
A very enjoyable beer..pity i didnt pick it up 2 months ago!
Bottle (April 2016 batch?). maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Head is initially large/huge, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of dried mango, cake frosting, plastic, bubble gum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/fluffy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Wow, what an unexpected surprise! IT’S NOT A SOUR ALE!!! Woo hoo! And beyond that, it actually delivers on the advertised rusticity. The aroma is close to being great, but does have just a bit of artificial character to it, kind of cakey and bubble gummy. But still, it’s not unlike adding a splash of Orval to a saison, with the dried fruit and plastic. Luscious mouthfeel and a very nice balance as well (it’s almost too sweet, but easily drank the whole 500mL with gusto...the finish of each sip certainly beckons another). And good grief, appearance does NOT get any better than this...huge, rocky meringue-like head that lasts until the very last sip, with that beautiful yeasty-hazy body. These guys have obviously actually HAD some top tier Belgian beers before brewing in their styles, unlike so many brewers in this country (or so it sure seems!). No doubt this needs a little refinement to be 4+, but man it’s close...and for all I know it’s much better when fresher, as the stamp on the label suggests this was bottled in April of last year (the ink isn’t very clear)...very weird that these just hit shelves here. Sure hope this bottle isn’t a fluke! Will definitely be keeping an eye on this brewery (and trying to find a fresher sample of this one)...Truckee, of all places! Like BFB out in Maryville TN, you never know where a talented saison brewer is going to turn up.
Draught. Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is pleasant, with floral notes and slight hints of funk, but lacks that great funk bite from a lot of saisons. Drinks very fresh and refreshing, but doesn’t hit that saison "spot" I was aiming for. TH28 (483) - - AUG 5, 2016
500ml bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Crystal clear light golden with a medium white foam head. DuffMan (10732) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2016
Aroma: Grassy, earthy, with some pepper and light citrus. A light bready maltiness lingers in the background.
Taste: Starts with a light, thin, bready malt sweetness, followed by a light tartness that turns to a grainy, grassy, citrus peel, and black pepper finish on the swallow. Fairly strong bitterness for the style really hits on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with a moderate carbonation.
Finish: Really dry on the back of the tongue. An earthy, peppery citrus comes on quite strong retronasally.
Overall: A grainy, light rustic saison that is very refreshing. Body is a bit thin, and a very light maltiness that is almost overpowered by strong saison esters and aromas of grass, pepper, and light citrus. Alcohol strength of the beer is well hidden. Really like the saison yeast character of this beer
Bottle. Hazy orange gold. Aroma is sweetly fruity with bready yeast. Flavours of ripe melon, bread, light funk and pepper. Interesting.