yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
Growler. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is slight grassy and herba. Bitter and grassy. Slight peppery. Mild fruity and hoppy. Lingering fruity and dry herbal. Bitter and dry finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Growler, RBSG bus. Clear amber body, small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, rye/spicy, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some spicy. Light-medium body, watery. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2011
(Growler) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of nuts, grain, coriander, and yeast. Flavor of florals, yeast, banana, coriander, and grass with a dry, moderately bitter finish. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@Princeton-on tap-pours a thin off white head and dark amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt with some sweetness, fruit, some perfumy/spice. Taste is light/medium malt with some sweetness, peppery, secondary spice hops. Semi drying finish. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Mode: Hand Bottled
opaque orange, thin fine head, drippy lace,
sweet and spicy aroma with a hint of lemon,
dry with lots of complex flavors, nice spices, light bitterness, touch of orange
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Growler on the RBSG bus trip. Pours gold with an off white head. Spicy yeasty aroma with light floral notes. The flavor has spicy yeast, lightly sweet malt, and floral hops. Pretty good. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Draft @ Triumph Princeton.Orange white hazy pour with some light white head. Spicey saison with some black pepper, coriander and floral notes taking forefront to citrus and light pine flavors. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Hand-bottle courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, sampled in November of 2006: Pours a hazy copper with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Complex earthy floral peppery spiced aroma has a good sweet biscuity malty presence. Body starts sweet and full with a floral hop flavor and bitter earthy balance with lots of bready yeast. True to style and enjoyable. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 2006 bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer at BCTC ’06.Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
A white head descends atop a hazy brass-golden body, and is initially large and somewhat stable, but fades rather quickly to partial cover, while providing some adequate lacing. Very low clarity.
Hints of dry esters and light acids quickly succumb to spicing. All too quickly for a saison, as the yeast is not able to be fully grasped in the aroma. Fresh and peppery, with hints of vanilla notes from the yeast and a touch of lemon, but there seems to be a large amount of dullness working against the otherwise well-attenuated, fairly dry nose. Could be a heavy yeast presence, could be wheat or other adjuncts, but whatever it is, it dulls the snappiness and I can find little excitement in what the coriander provides in overabundance. Hops are herbal, with trace amounts of bitterness and there do some to be some lightly tart fruity notes, but it just dosent have that noble, wise, distinctive yeast character so often lacking in American interpretations. Tends towards fruity and spicy and less crisp, dry and tart. Even the malt is somewhat subdued/jumbled, without the usual soft honey suggestions.
The flavor, while certainly not exhibiting any flaws, again leans heavily on the coriander and what may be other spices (not sure). Certainly it is chewy, lightly astringent at times and rather acidic in combination with the peppery coriander, on the finish. Hop crispness could provide relief, but instead, there is a lightly tart, fruity note on the end, that is entangled with almost bready malt sweetness. Seems more like a wit mixed with a Belgian golden ale. Don’t get much of a classic saison here. I agree with Paul, the yeast strain used is questionable. Still, for an American "spiced ale" or "American saison", it serves its purpose, further supported by the fact that the brewer’s intentions seem to make nothing more than a refreshing wit-hybrid. Still could use more dryness through and through. Slightly creamy after warming is the mouthfeel, whereas the carbonation takes a little while to calm down to appropriate levels. No alcohol apparent in aroma or flavor.
Again, nothing against the beer or the brewer, but I judge all saisons against the classic Belgian producers to which this gives little competition.
This poured a darker cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma was of some toasted malt, coriander and flowery notes. Flavor was roasted and floral mized, with some yeast and spice too. OK.