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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 0
I have been slowly drinking a sixer of this stuff over the last week - figured I should review this last one...

Pours an almost golden straw color, almost the color of a fresh apricot. One finger plus of vanilla white head - very finely bubbled - takes form. Retention is very good, and a quick swirl brings a minor reaction. lacing is gorgeous, with strands of webbing intricately taking place along the walls of the glass... Christ - but is this one active beer! Carbonation streams upward , never allowing the head to fall under 3/8 of an inch in height...

The aroma is just what the label states - fragrant. Now, this word should be taken subjectively... as this fragrance is, well, interesting. Nice wallop of dusty, musky chicken coop first hit the nose... than a pungent, almost sour, over ripened produce aroma takes over. Weird. I do get some fruits - lemon mostly, and some apple (chamomile?). Then spices - coriander, basil (again, weird choice) with just a pinch of white pepper. Very, interesting overall. Very weird overall. But, it is the unique approach to a classic that I am digging here....

Taste is sweet - sugary sweet - the nose did not segue this, and it is a nice, refreshing surprise. This sweetness lasts throughout the taste segment here, BTW. Following the sugar sweet entrance is an herbal effervescence.... hard to describe. This is better experienced through aroma than taste - taste just amplifies it somewhat. Basil and coriander, the pepper isn't anywhere to be found however. More with the lemon and green apple towards and through the finish... and ends with, yup, produce. Just weird.

Medium in body. Very smooth, lightly crisp and slightly syrupy in mouthfeel. A very light dryness to this. Carbonation is surprisingly soft.

Enjoyable and refreshing... but, yes, WEIRD. An interesting twist to say the least, and a solid effort given... but just not really my thing - as far as Saisons are considered.
I won't be buying another sixer - at least not this year.
Try it... if you want to.

Served In: Other

Review by orbitalr0x on 05/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
34 1 3 5 4 4 2009
Hazy yellow orange pour with a small off white head on top. There's some chunky sediment on the bottom of the bottle and I wasn't careful enough and now it's on the bottom of my glass. Aromas start out with soapy, floral, vegetal aromas mixed with pale malts and a wheat backdrop. Lots of chamomile...but overall it smells like a Chia herb garden was grown and then dumped into the kettle. The herbal kick is overwhelming here and not exactly enticing.

First sip brings crisp wheat malts upfront that are somewhat sweet and immediately moves into brash herbal tones. Chamomile and lemon zest accents abound with a soapy, earthy, wet vegetable flavor. It lingers on the palate as some spicy yeast hits on the way down. Basil is in there as well but it all seems a bit astringent, like a cleaning solution gone wrong. I think these herbs need to stay in the garden or go onto the dinner plate....not into the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Good carbonation, but the overall trainwreck of flavor in the brew makes this one hard to take down. I bought a sixer since I was excited to see a new Great Lakes brew....but this one is not enjoyable to me. Lingering herbal aftertaste is quite unappealing.

Price: $8.99 Served In: Pint Glass

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