willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
20110514 12oz bottle from Ronnie’s in Forest Hill. Cloudy golden with big, fluffy, clingy, off-white head that lasts. Aroma is immediately bready, sourdough rye, and herbal, tarragon and thyme, with mild lemon and coriander. Full bodied and almost creamy, which is nice but not very saisonish; I would enjoy a bit more carbonation and a somewhat lighter heft. Comes across as quite wheaty and almost hefe-like, but does crisp up a bit when served colder. Gleefully lacking in sweetness however, this beer is firmly focused on a spicy Belgian yeast and baguette-like maltiness. Very mild hoppiness could be bolder to dry up the finish, but as it is there’s a pleasant yeasty spice to clean it up. Not a terribly focused beer, but pleasant enough to not regret having five more to work though. Suttree (6521) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Cloudy gold, thin ring of foam. Bready, toasty aroma, with some light spicy notes in the background. Odd flavor - dry white wine, some odd herbal note I can’t quite place, and I gonna say oregano? Maybe? Sessionable and tasty. nimbleprop (8808) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy deep gold with a lacing, creamy white head. Nose is very floral, very sweet, melon, rose petal, yeasty esters, banana, clove. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little grass, something a touch medicinal, honey, banana, spice. Full bodied but dry. Too much yeast, needed to be toned down a bit. robiannelli (599) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2011
12oz bottle pours golden amber with full sticky head. Aroma is bright fruity and a bit of spice. Flavor is cloying sweet with candied sugars and a real belgian taste. Medium body and sweet finish. DiarmaidBHK (5948) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
On cask at Max’s on Broadway. Interesting pepper aroma. Pours golden with a serious white that doesn’t dissipate even after 30 minutes. Nice spices on the tongue. Very refreshing and crisp.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2011
Nice, cloudy, thick, citrusy saison. Hoppy, foamy, delicious. This brewery keeps getting it right. strap (977) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - APR 23, 2011
golden pour, a bit cloudy. sweet aroma. sweet, fruity and peppery. refreshing summer brew. jsmerig (1700) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
Pours a hazy golden yellow with an off white head. Aroma is of spice and straw. Taste is distinctly Belgian with overtones of fruit and gingerbread. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
In short: A not-so-rustic but very satisfying blonde American Saison Capa (3500) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
How: Tap at BCTC 2010.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is moderately rustic with refreshing notes of fruit salad. Taste is more nourishing than expected. Pleasant relatively thick body with banana cake, pineapple upside down cake, flower petals, a bit of bubblegum, light notes of white pepper. Grassy hops bring a mild dryness. I don’t think I ever had this new version (2009+) in bottle but on tap this was very nice. Underrated like most session Saisons. I which I could buy this locally, I would make it a regular session beer. But I can’t. Yards are unheard of in Canada. We use the metric system up here.
Glowing blonde with a firm, lasting white head. Yeast, light banana, some clove, and other spices make up the aroma. Highly carbonated body adds a hefty bite on the tongue. Flavor is much like the aroma with a bit of lemon zest, as well. A solid saison that is quite refreshing. Wouldn’t hesitate to pick one up when in need of a saison.