rajendra82 (1105) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Cloudy, golden amber colored body, was nice to look at. There wasn’t a big head, as it rose up to one finger thick at most, and then died down fairly quickly. The smell had a lot of citric character, which is understandable considering the use of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel. There was also a hint of floral hops. The first taste is where this beer really started to excel for me. There was an explosion of sweet and citric flavors as soon as the beer touched my tongue, and as I swallowed it, there was a lingering spicy-herbal finish with a slight numbing sensation, which I suspect resulted from the pink peppercorns. The body was medium dense, which is pretty typical for a Saison. I wish that the beer was more carbonated, as it would have improved the feel significantly. Although the spices used are unusual, this was a typical sweetish Saison. dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Troegs Saison glass. Purchased at whole foods Devon. Pours a blah hazy gold. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Little head and zero lacing. Vert nice Belgian aroma with spices, dough, coriander, and flowers/honey. Mouthfeel is too carbonated and kinda slick due to the high abv. Taste is actually very Saison- like. Weird huh? At 10%+ it still tastes like a Saison. Very much like the smell, floral, rose water, syrup and hibiscus. Overall a solid beer. I couldn't deal with more than one a month but I did like it.
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12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Cloudy golden color with a steady medium white head and some floating particles.
Super Belgian yeasty nose, with sweet fruitiness, some alcohol and floral hops.
Big citrus flavors, grapefruit mostly, super sweet maltiness, low bitterness from hops, but some present from the peels.
Heavy, full bodied, creamy, alcoholic, cloying and hard to consume. Celebratory but far from exciting.
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color. Straw gold. Smells very peppery with strong citrus. "Dances on the tongue". A nice bite to it. A bit boozy but not too overpowering. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. The whole imperial saison thing just doesn’t work for me, I think. Cloudy dark gold pour, with medium carbonation, not much lacing. Nose is strongly yeasty, with notes of citrus and pepper. Fairly promising but the taste - while it hides the ABV well - was muddled, and just a generic mix of esters, dry hops, and some tartness.
ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. kerenmk (5270) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2012
Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale gold body with a small, thinning, essentially white head.
Smell: Sweetish, ethanol-laced wheat malt sitting atop squelched notes of varied citrus rinds and peppery spices.
Taste: Malted wheat with a light pinch of powdered sugar. Some initial floral tones (until the numbing alcohol kicks in), but that’s right around when the citrus peelings roll in. Spicy, peppery qualities from the yeast, presumably from the alcohol as well, and the peppercorns, with a lingering spiciness beyond the full finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: "Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv." It also destroyed my patience right off the bat. Harsh, flabby, boozy. Happy Anniversary.
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours cloudy blond-yellow with white film. Orange, coriander, bubblegum aroma, yeasty, slightly sweet and ripe banana taste. Full body, soft carbonation, long, fruity finish. Very nice. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
12 oz bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Poured half that was clear gold, and the second half was cloudy and a tad darker. Could have used some swirling perhaps. Nose of bananas, Belgian yeast, orange and lemon rind and faint white pepper. Taste adds quite a bit of sweetness and booze. A little harsh. Better as it warms and settles a bit. BillWyce (1110) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
From notes: Poured hazy golden-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is stereotypically earthy, with a strong citrus backbone. Medium body, with a mild thickness. A lingering tartness to the finish. Earthy yeast flavor, with a nice note of citrus underneath that becomes more like the pith/rind in the finish. DSG (15312) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Cloudy yellow. Earthy aroma, spicy, fruity and a bit funky. Spicy flavor with light sweetness, yeast, earth, fruits and a dry alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied. Nice but a bit too alcoholic.