AcctError43480 (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours straw golden with small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is rosemary forward with some sweet herbal and grapefruity undertones. The spice characteristics come through on the flavor, but not as much as the Stone version, a little more balanced. Highly carbonated and tingly mouthfeel. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes très herbacés et floraux, la sauge est particulièrement apparente. On remarque une touche de levure. Robe blonde et limpide (surprenant pour une saison), légère mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le malt pilsner est bien présent et supporte bien la levure, légèrement épicée, et les épices (heureusement plus discrètes qu’au nez). La bière possède une belle touche citronnée. Finale légèrement sucrée et présentant une amertume bien présente. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a clean translucent straw yellow with one finger of white head. Nose is cleaner than the DFH and consists primarily of spicy Rosemary with sage in the background and a mild pineapple sweetness. Flavor shows some yeast upfront with notes of juniper, herb, and citrus zest. Mild residual sweetness. Palate has a medium bitterness. Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Botle poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of straw, sage, rosemary, pear and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, rosemary, sage, pear and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry lingering herbal finish. bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Yellow-gold pour into the glass, with a soapy head that leaves a decent coat of foam lace. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to the nose, intermingling with an underlying farmyard hay and silage. Lots of pie spices, some alcohol, sour grains, grassy hops and light herbs on the tongue. The finish has a touch of alcohol and generous allspice... decently retentive. The body is of bourbon and club soda, dried by the spice contingencies. I really like this saison a lot, and think that the combo of Stone, Dogfish Head and Victory has produced a real winner here.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow gold with thick, rocky, long-lasting white head that leaves heavy streaks of lace on the glass. Bready aroma with a very strong spiciness and hop punch that is inviting, mesmerizing, and very spicy. Flavor is funky - earthy slightly funky phenols combine with spicy and very herbal hop flavor and spicy doughy bread. Distinct yeast flavor up front with hints of acidity (not tart, but very dry - not unlike a dry white wine). Oddly fruity esters toward the finish that accentuate the funky character of the beer. Finish is dry and bitter with grassy - almost vegetal - hop notes. Very wine-like finish with slight acidity, slight must, and dry fruitiness (like grape). Mouthfeel is brisk and medium bodied with a slightly solvent texture - very dry with touch of tannin. Overall, a very unusual beer. Mostly pleasant but funkier than expected. Different and kind of fun. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop crystal clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/yeast, straw, orange, some candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, spicy/yeast, candi sugar, some orange. Medium body, light stickiness, fairly drinkable. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear yellow/gold pour with a medium white head. Malty aroma with rosemary that is more dominant then the other herbs and more pronounced than the Stone and DFH versions. A little cleaner, as the sage is more muted and there’s no eucalyptus smell. Flavor is malty with bitter, piney hops and muted herbs. The best aroma of the three and only a hair behind Stone as the best tasting. notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Despite my dislike for the Stone version of this beer, I picked this up anyway, hoping that Victory could turn it in to something good - and thank god they have - in fact, I refuse to believe that this is the same recipe as the Stone beer - in that one, the spices killed everything, and the yeast character was crushed along with the snappy, crisp malts - none of that is the case here - the herbs are there, but they take a back seat to the crisp, dry malt base and light, earthy, mildly estery and phenolic yeast character - a little bit of melon - sage comes to the fore for a bit through the middle, but the finish is a lingering flinty character and grassy hop bitterness - it really is quite lovely - the spices perhaps could be toned down just a tad, but otherwise very tasty. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This snappy Saison’s yuzu-like fruit character, delicate honeyed malt sweetness, herbal hops and ginger spiciness are all in sync, offering a very drinkable and elegant example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear blond.
-The finishing bitterness is quite green and firm.
-The body is well attenuated and carbonation is prickly, making for a refreshing mouthfeel.
-I preferred this one to the Stone version I had had on tap in SD, but I suppose the main reason is that the Stone was on tap and I prefer bottle-conditioned Belgian styles.
-The ginger personality is a little too strong for this to be world-class, imho. The malts could be more evident too.