riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Light saison yeasty spice, soft herbal notes. Golden pour, not mich head. Soft, spicy sweetness, a little herbal, some pehenols. Light carb. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Received sneak preview of the Hibiscus Saison two days before release, cask drawn at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma screams "farmhouse saison" period. Additional aroma of elderberries, toasted dark malt, a touch of apple and hibiscus petals. Taste is very floral and fruity with less medicinal character compared to aroma. Finish has a quick smooth aftertaste with some elderberry, saison yeast, and then a crisp finish. Most excellent. notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at the brewery - lightly pink pour - fairly simplistic - ligtly tart, with the.adjunct fairly prominent - little to no character from the yeast, aside from a light spice - crisp, tart finish - eh. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Draught sample at the brewpub, August 18th. Murky copper (the murkiness aided and abetted by the very low lighting at the bar) with little head...nose is dry, herbal, just light floral, faintly hoppy, not much in the way of farmhouse character here...body is mostly sweet-tart cherry, a bit of raspberry, fruity and lightly syrupy at the front, dry and mineralic to finish. There’s nothing remotely saison-like to this beer as far as I can discern, and this is not the first American "saison" that I’ve had in recent months that have failed completely to catch the qualities of their Belgian forbears, though some like HInterland have been pretty good in other respects. This isn’t, and it made me wary of the rest of my samples, which fortunately were almost all much better. edgallow (4376) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Draft pours golden with a white head. Aroma of floral, fruit and spice. Taste is fruity and a little tart.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub as Hibiscus Saison. Translucent deep amber with a medium white head that sticks. Aroma is spicy, floral and herbal. Taste in line with aroma, very herbal with floral notes. No bitterness and a spicy herbal finish. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2016
The third sample in the flight was a fruity saison with a twist. Tropical beers are good for this time of year. Even if the temperatures were somewhat mild for August this hit the spot. I can’t wait to try the saisons in the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - The warm mandarin body glowed. Earth and hibuscus share the spotlight like a floral bouquet pulled from a potting plant. There is a dry tartness that hits after a few seconds for more punch.
Flavor / Palate - Tart apple crisp, a floral middle, and sweet hay star in a sessionable beer that refreshed the palate. The only flaw is a medicinal aspect that pops up from time to time. Take that away and I could drink it all night.
Tap at brewery
Pours a pink hue however it’s very dark in this brewpub. Nose is spicy phenolic slightly astringent. Flavors exhibit the flowery spicy notes with some medicinal things going on. Long sweet tart flowery finish. Decent spiced saison. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Tap at Sugar Maple. Poured to a red hued body from the hibiscus used in it. The aroma was hibiscus and saison. That’s about all that could be said of the flavor too. HOWEVER, and I say with a strong however... this beer was absolutely fantastic. Extremely easy to drink. One would say this is a chuggable beer. This is a very sessionable beer, but also dangerous because the abv is 6.1%. madvike (3292) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
On tap at the brewpub - Pours ruby red with a fine-bubbled white head. Smells soapy and perfumey (I’m assuming from the hibiscus). Floral, with light, dusty yeast. Tastes lightly sour to begin, then cherries come in. Lightly sweet, with malt taking over in the finish--bready, with some nice dusty/earthy yeast. Light perfume and floral layers in the finish. Has a nice balance between dry/sweet/floral--does a nice job of not tasting like a bottle of perfume.