Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
I always enjoy the Scratch series brew’s and this one was no exception. I poured it into a snifter and it produced a nice two finger white head that sat on top of a murky golden slightly brown colored body. I got some wonderful fragrant spice notes flowing into my nose of citrus, pepper, coriander, and green apples. The Belgian yeast was also present in the nose as well. Flavor’s of fruit came to the front sweet pineapple, orange and apple. The spice’s blended in there well it reminded me of a good tropical cocktail in a lot of ways. The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation for your tongue. This was another in a great series of brews from a fine company. Easy to drink and it would be a pleasure to try again
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2010
The aroma is sweet with vanilla and honey, and thick with some floral notes. The appearance is dark banana amber with a huge foamy and creamy head. The flavor is awesome starting sweet, then a bit of funk and the Dupont yeast, then back to a sharper wild flavor of mild sweetness. So much respect for this beer after it warms up and you sense the connections to greatness, like the elderberries in the Zwanze on top of the Dupont yeast. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks Armin. Pours to a lightly hazy coppery body with a thin white head. The aroma is really nice. Full of elderflowers, light coriander, subtle orange peels, honeysuckle, and some malt. The flavor is honeysuckle, elderflowers, orange peel, and subtle coriander. Sweet but moderate palate. Very delicious. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks to Armin for bringing the bottle! Poured deeper amber with a thick cap of whitish head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up peppery spices, medium-skinned fruits, and cloves over a rather nondescript pale malt base.. spicy and engaging.. liked it very much! The flavor found deeper caramel and fruity sweetness at the core.. floral notes, honeysuckle, and cloves surrounded.. spicy and sticky-sweet on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly aggressive on the palate (but in a controlled and good way).. really good stuff! DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured into a tulip.
4.0 A: Hazed dark orangish brown color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head with good retention and moderate lacing.
4.5 S: This is just great. Orange peel, corriander, and a wonderful bouquet of herbs. Peppery yeastiness and a mild funkiness. Apple fruitiness. Sweet, but not too much so. Really nice.
4.5 T: Funkier than the nose. Same spice base with orange peel, lots of corriander, plenty of herbs, and peppery yeast. Wild apple and maybe a touch of peach. Overall, quite earthy with a good contrasting fruitiness.
4.0 M: Medium body. Higher in carbonation, but not irregularly so. Bubbly on tongue and otherwise smooth.
4.0 D: Definitely a solid saison. I might have to try to get more of this. For the price, there might not be a better example of the style out there.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-18-2010 01:48:58
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2010
I love the aroma of honey, flowers and Belgian candy. When cold, the bitter saison flavor seems to dominate but the complex flavors really come out when this warms up with a nice mix of what I sensed in the aroma (no need to repeat it). Medium-dry finish with a nice peppery bite in the end. The carbonation is here in the bottled version but the body is a bit too light for me. Otherwise, its a fine example of the farmhouse saison style. arminjewell (9687) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Hazy reddish orange pour, white head. Aroma has notes of clove, darker fruit, caramel, some lemongrass. Taste has notes of spice, with clove, lemon, fruity honey, lemongrass, and a sweet finish. You get the tripel mixing extremely well with the saison style, really liked this one. Nejhleader (1559) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Has a sweet, honey,slighty spice aroma. Taste is a nice blend of spice, coriander and honey blended with a bit of citrus hops. A nice complex taste. Body is full and chewy, a mouthful. Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Pours amber. Aroma is yeast, florals, clove and other spices. Taste is sweet with honey coming through on the finish. An enjoyable saison.
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazy pumpkin colored pour, tons of frothy carbonation and an aroma of sweet honey. Flavor is pleasantly malty and full of peppery clover, herbs and finished with a little sweet banana lingering on the aftertaste. Very good!