3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Pint at Zola. Medium dark orange with heavy cloudiness. Spicy, deep nose of fruit, bread, some peppery spices, and thick, old oranges. Flavor is pretty similar, with old oranges, heavy spiced bread notes, heavy hop levels. Easily distinguishable from the regular Otto’s saison, and not as good either, but not bad. Has a medium tartness, but lacks a crispness and freshness that I crave in saison. Too thick, old, muddy, and confused.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Zola’s Bistro. Busty aroma of bright fruity esters, rich with floral perfumes, coffee acid, and fresh tomato juice. Delightful, perky and rich. Pours a real tawny copper and gold, with a soapy elixir of foam atop. Flavor is a dense, sprightly minerals and fruit. Complex, floral and tangy. There’s a myriad of middle eastern spices, reduced pale fruit sauce and tangible chewy grains in a good sense. Toothy. Body is a nip heavy and sticky, but it carries the flavors well. Some heavily developed yeast character and signature mineral marker. Delicious. Finishes on the gobs of gooey noble hop resin. This is great stuff and how I like a heavier, more robust Saison.
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught as "Otto’s Farmhouse Ale" at Harrisburg festival. Light rye and grain notes, mild yeasty nose with citrus rind and some sweet, sugary fruit. Good farmhouse or biere de garde funk in there, too. Cloudy copper in color, with thin lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with light yeast and some funk. Sugar, mild floral spiciness, honey, and orange peel. Coriander. Dry chalky but smooth finish and great sweet-tang in the after. Goes down a little too easy.