NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle picked up in WIcker Park. Pours a hazed pale gold with a big, fluffy offwhite head. Nose is somewhat subdued, herbal hops, faint white pepper, restrained yeast. Resin and pilsner malt. On tasting, some light vanilla and medium bitterness. Clean overall. Malt forward with a hint more of fruit. Faint pepper again. Nice enough beer but not a particularly wonderful saison. AWISLguy (3429) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bomber from the brewery brought by ck1, thanks bro! Digging into another FFF creation with a lot of anticipation. Pours a lovely oranger-than-pink-grapefruit with a spongey white head. Excellent lacing just coating the glass. Aroma has spices, fresh fruit and a yeasty presence. Faint citrus. Taste is of many fruits - lemon, orange, grapefruit, apple, melon - plus chewy resin, a spicyness and some malt. Quite bitter and very dry as you get down through the glass, with some alcohol presence. This is not your father or uncle’s saison - much more assertively hoppy and strong. Liked this one a lot. Another win for Floyds! rxeight (3334) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Glowing cloudy amber orange color. Spices dominate the aroma. Also has a bit of a sweet alcohol on the nose. From the aroma I would have guessed barleywine, certainly not saison. The first suprise on this beer are the massive amount of hops. Lots of citrius and tangerine come through. I had some Alpha King prior to this and you can immediatly notice the relationship. the finish has a bit of spicyness and bitterness. I have to admit that I havent had may of this style, but this seems to be quite a departure from the typical Saison I’ve had. I didnt get nearly as much of the banana and spice flavor but rather strong hops wth a spicy finish. Not sure if this is just better or it is just the result of the 3 floyds combination of lots of hops high ABV. Overall, a quite enjoyable beer. Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
Bouteille 22oz, courtoisie de Johnsense. De couleur ambrée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (raisins blancs fermentés, notes de fruits tropicaux, de poires vertes et d’agrumes) aux notes épicées (poivre doux) et terreuses, moyen de pain, léger de grains de malt sucrés et de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses et citriques ainsi qu’avec des notes d’alcool. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses. Goût moyen-amer et asséchant (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) semblant provenir à la fois de houblon floral et citrique (pamplemousse, pomelo) ainsi que de levures fruitées et terreuses (agrumes, traces de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de levures épicées (poivre, faibles traces de clou de girofle) avec des notes de céréales sucrées et de pain. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger-moyen goût d’alcool réchauffant (incluant de faibles traces de sirop contre la toux) jusqu’en finale, où l’amertume de houblon se fait légèrement herbeuse. Post-goût long et sec, moyen-amer de houblon floral, légèrement citrique et herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées et assez terreuses (zeste d’agrumes) ainsi qu’avec un léger goût d’alcool et d’épices (poivre doux). Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a cloudy, orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty fruity up front with lots of tangerines and orange florals as well as a bit of a candied pineapple and grapefruit. Bready pale malts with a light sweetness, some straw, and just a touch of spicing. Flavor is similar. Creamy tangerines and oranges up front with candied pineapples and grapefruits. A light yeasty spicing with a bready, medium sweet malt backing. Sweeter resins, florals, and pines grow a bit towards the end as well as some yeasty spice before this finishes a bit sweet and really fruity with a light spicing and a dry, moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a creamy, medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was pretty enjoyable, but definitely didn’t drink like a saison. Lots of fruity, somewhat candied citrus hops, a light yeasty spice, and a sweet bready malt backing. Pretty hefty when it comes to the ABV%, but no hint of alcohol. I’m not the biggest fan of this, but it definitely has a FFF stamp on it when it comes to the hopping.
bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Hmmmm. Was skeptical about this one as I wouldn’t associate either of these breweries with the saison style but that was part of the allure as well as the hieroymus bosch meets robert crumb like label. Anyway lets start talking about the actual beer... pours a medium copper color with three fingers of sticky khaki foam. The nose is more of a barleywine... cornpop cereal, butterscotch, taffy and copper pennies. Hmmm. WTF, this has to be full of diacetyl infection after looking at other reviews there is no way I could pick anything close to traditional saison flavors... and it seems some people actually did get a saison in this bottle... butterscotch, copper pennies. Drainpour ! merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Tropical Fruit Explosion (passion fruit, pineapple, oranges), Grapefruit, Mild Corriander
T: Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Mild Corriander
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Spicy
Overall, a really solid saison with a strong tropical fruit nose and taste..but worked. Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Hazy orange pour from a bomber with nice white lacing and head. Floral nose. Nice mouthfeel, hoppy, citrus, spicy and refreshing! jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bomber. Deep, cloudy golden body. Big, frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Big aroma of tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, toasted grain, alcohol, pepper, The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Lingering bitterness. Like a cross between Dupont Posca Rustica and Dreadnaught. Fruity, aromatic, juicy. Finish of peppery alcohol and less dry than classic saisons. But overall, this is one enjoyable beer. savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 21, 2012
22oz bottle from lemonhead. Cloudy rusty amber with a small off white head. Aroma of honey, milk caramels, peppercorns and lemon. Flavor is very sweet, lots of caramel and butterscotch, there is some mild spice and bitterness. Medium body with a syrupy, flabby mouth feel. This is supposed to be a Saison???, really? This beer is a flabby, under attenuated mess.