Big thanks goes out to OHLRangers for the hook up on this one. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours up an apricot colored, orange tinted body. Held to the light, a little more orange color comes out with just a touch of red coming out as well. This puts out a really nice color. The body has a good amount of haze to it. Just a few line of carbonation bubbling up on the sides. The head was only about half a finger and it falters to a very thin ring. No lace to mention.
S: At first, I wasn't getting a damn thing out of the aroma. But after a while . . . it opened up. It starts off with the Belgian yeast and the sugary malt presence. Then comes the fruity goodness. Picking up on some peach, but apricot comes out a bit more. A little bit of pepper and spice makes itself known. Sadly, it just wasn't as aromatic as most saisons I have had. Its got some presence but it is a little muted. Would love for this one to open up just a bit more.
T: This is what I was looking for. The Belgian yeast comes out with a very nice honey presence. Its sweet but its just enough, doesn't get out of hand. The fruitiness comes out wonderfully. Dried apricots are the most present, but there are notes of peach, pear, and a little bit of apple. All these fruits come with a good bit of hops bite cutting through. This beer finished with an oat and grain presence that works beautifully with all these other flavors (espeically the honey). Peppery notes linger in the back but it does pop you from time to time. Just a well put together flavor profile.
M: Medium in body with a lighter medium carbonation. This beer does bring just a bit of heat on the throat. Little bit of bitterness and bite to it, but it really plays on the sweet portions of the palate. Aftertaste is the oats and grains, some apricot and pepper.
OA: Its just damned good. The aroma was a bit disappointing but still solid. The flavor just really steps it up for this beer. Its just very well put together and it works very well. I could drink on this all day given the opportunity. Just damned good beer.
Served In: Pint Glass
Natasha, I can't thank you enough for this one!
Let's do this.
One knows a quality Saison at the *crack* of the can... I love cans!
A moderate pour reveals a tawny, golden amber Saison being relinquished from it's aluminum prison. Upon being liberated, this elixir immediately adorns a Sahara-bleached, ivory white crown... if only for a moment. What was once one finger in height quickly fades to a thinnish cap. However, a picture perfect collar washes to the sides of the glass, leaving foamy residuals that weave their lacy magic in intricate patterns as a reminder of the once triumphant head. Very subtle carbonation rising within let's the aforementioned collar slowly slip away...
Aroma is almost candy sugar sweet - but not quite. More of a fully ripened fruit-like sweetness... and speaking of fruit, a few spring into mind: Golden apples, soft over rippened peaches, woody pears, sun dried apricots, orange rind and soft cantaloupe. Some light spices sprinkled into the mix - white pepper with a pinch or two of coriander. The real beauty of this lies in the doughy yeast funk - love it. Think bowls of bread dough rising on a dusty hot August afternoon in a farmhouse kitchen - now you have it.
The taste caught me off guard a bit. A good amount of hoppy bitterness grabs at the tongue first... but segues rather quickly into a nice peppery punch - I love it when tastes battle for domination of my tongue. Not that this is huge in anyway - just there is a lightning quick transition from one taste to the next. A certain degree of fruityness lies midway on the palate - not to the sugary extent that the nose implied - but it is here - apricots, cantaloupe, golden apples and a twist of lemon for garnish - all without the sugars. Both black and white pepper near and through the finish, pricking the gums. Very subtle yeast funk here... stronger notes would make this outstanding.
Moderate in body. Smooth yet crisp, dry and peppery mouthfeel. The dryness is superb! Carbonation is lax - more zing would be most beneficial here.
Good Saison. Extremely drinkable, crisp and refreshing. Love the pepperyness, and the cotton dryness is outstanding! More carbonation - both visual and tongue tingling would help the overall experience and score.
The aroma is very fruity and different - not quite to style IMO, but I enjoyed it all the same. What this really needs is more of that barnyard funk in the taste... and it would be fantastic! Saison in a can.... love it, wish I had a case or two of it.
'Tash - many, many Thanks!
Served In: Snifter
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-4-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Many thanks go out to metallitone1 for giving me a can of this beer as an extra.
Served into my Duvel tulip glass.
Cynic pours a golden, dried apricot color with two fingers of foam. Large bubbles form around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is very yeasty, and also peppery. Some apricot and sweet aromas come through after the spiciness. Some hop, pine aromas round it out. Good malt presence as well.
Malt sweetness upfront with the spice and yeast flavors in the finish. There is also some bitterness on the tongue at the end, very interested to have on a saison.
Mouthfeel is very good, the beer has a good dose of carbonation and it is easily a beer one could drink all day.
IPA meets Saison, and it’s a good marriage.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pale orangy gold with a slimming off-white top of semi crunchy foam. Lace is minimal in a few spots.
Aroma is of orangy sweetness and zesty spicyness. Kinda pale in its sweetness, definately orange in tone, but its fairly big and present with a spicy little zest of orange peel, corriander, and yeasty dryness found in most other Saisons'.
Taste is fat and happy with nicely rounded areas of orangey sweetness and semi tangy, perhaps paled, sweetness. Spice is there, mostly of orange zest, a tint of lime, ghostly white pepper, and corriander. Thicker on the buds then a hefe; kinda like a double hefe, much like a Saison should be. Well-rounded malt profile allowing the orange flavors and zesty/peppery, hoppy things to do their part as it cruises into the finish with a bit more complexity and length with a very mild, but eager finish of balanced spice.
Feel is medium over thick with a super fun and easy goin' soothing smoothness thats silky and bold. Finish is just right, not overpowering in the least; spicy, citrusy, zesty, and peppy. The thickness proceeds its overall cleanness as it tends to have a cloying little backing of malt base. Nice!
Gone in no time. Given its thick, smoother frame, its tamed spice, and moderate to bold, heavy, uncomplicated flavors, it goes down quicker then it ought to.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours gold in color with some reddish tones to it. Very nice inch of head from the pour sticks around for awhile. Smell is floral, yeasty, and peppery.
Much more spicey and peppery in the taste. Very good mouthfeel. Wonderfully biting and carbonated. This could use a touch of sweetness and funk. Very easy drinking and very delightful.
Served In: Snifter
(notes: June, 2006)
appearance: hazed amber in the glass, clearer near the foot, under a good, staying 1/2" cover of beige-toned foam. A duskier look than other saisons I've sampled, but what's wrong with that.
Aroma: nice spices, and sleek citrus. Very fine. Tickles the nose with ethereal pleasures. Lively hop play. Gorgeous.
Taste: a phenomenal blast on the palate, that sits and lingers deliciousness in the mouth. Hops, yeast, and spicy malt combine to deploy just the right amount of spicy notes and light fruit. (Lemon and lime with a side order of orange.) Dries near instantly, and demonstrates perfect balance, almost never showing sweet, not too hoppy, not too hot, nor too spicy, just spreading this ingenious, beautiful, utterly satisfying flavor.
Light bodied, like any saison should be, but so substantial in flavor, so sophisticated...tea-like, at times, broken up by hop happiness, and a malt character that takes turns at juicy and peppery. Exquisitely drinkable, massively enjoyable.
Also, I find myself admiring a certain sublimity I don't often encounter in other saisons, Belgian-brewed or otherwise.
Lordy, it's lovely!
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours brilliant orange-gold with a white head that fades to a lace after a little while. Belgian yeast esters and bread dough maltiness, hints of banana, pepper, apricot... like the aroma.
Like the flavor better. Starts with a citric bitterness over which flavors of black pepper, apricot, coriander (slight), spices that I can't quite identify (nutmeg comes through especially in the finish, but more complex than that) and a fluffy, breadlike maltiness appear. pepper pops in more in the finish. Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation for what it is. Could enjoy a lot of these in the summer, and since it was 60 degrees outside today, no time like the present! Some sort of Belgian hybrid that really works.
Thanks to Tip Top for the can!
Served In: Tulip
A - Pours a clear, clean golden body with some tight bubbles rising to the surface. One inch off white head is made of varying sized bubbles and has nice retention.
S - Belgian spices and yeast. Coriander and nutmeg. Big bready maltiness. Slight citrusy odor along with apricot sweetness. Black pepper.
T - Much the same as the smell. Big bready maltiness. Spicy with black pepper, nutmeg and coriander. Belgian yeast. Apricots.
M - Medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
D - As with anything surly, you can't really pin them into a particular style. This is a saison meets belgian golden ale with their twist. Super easy to drink and would be even easier if it were hot and sunny out.
Served In: Other
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