Stone Saison de Buff



Stone Saison de Buff, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that leaves some spots of lace

Smell: Fruity and herbal, with floral lemony taste and rosemary, thyme and herb dominant

Taste: The floral lemon/lime elements kick off the flavor fest with the peppery yeast and herbal (rosemary, thyme and sage) aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal tone grows medicinally bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, but the aftertaste is too medicinal and leaves it lacking compared to the other versions of this beer

North Coast Le Merle



North Coast Le Merle, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with an huge white head that eventually dies down and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is driven by the cracker and bread malt aromas along with a strong yeast presence. Some light citrus zest along with some pepper and banana. Not all that much that says saison.

T: The flavor is similarly boring. The intense carbonation mutes what flavor is there. Again, this beer is mostly wheat bread and yeast (almost doughy) with a light citrus component.

M: Over-carbonated to say the least. The body is medium, but the intense carbonation is just a bit too much.

D: This is a rather mediocre beer. North Coast gets a lot of notoriety because of Old Rasputin and Old Stock, but I’ve found most of their other beers to be mediocre.

The Bruery Saison De Lente



The Bruery Saison De Lente, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Poured a clouded, dirty blonde body with a large, white head.

Smell: Lightly doughy maltiness with notes herbs, green apples, musty leather, sour lemon.

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a mingling of whole grain crackers. Very subdued, very fleeting sweetness. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice saison but not one of my favorites in the catergory

Serving type: bottle

St. Feuillien Saison



St. Feuillien Saison, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Really light deep yellow. Strong head that fades and leaces lace.

Smell: Not much of anything, not a funky saison

Taste: I don’t remember anything that stood out other than a light saison that was somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel: Light body not much carbonation for a saison.

Drinkability: Average beer in that it forgettable. Not good enough to be talked about but not horrible either. Will give it another shot when its not the last beer of the night. Had it at Friendly Spot

Serving type: bottle

New Belgium Lips of Faith Prickly Passion Saison

A: Pours a golden hue, clear, and a light 1/4 finger worth of head. A good amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass, light lacing as it recedes.

S: Nose is of green apples, Lemongrass, a very light acidic note, and in the end I’m getting some Belgian yeast (although I know it’s French yeast).

T: Taste is a bit tart. Tartness is smoothed over by earthy yeast and citrus notes. I’m not keen to the passion fruit/prickly pear in this saison, but I’m definitely picking out some citrus and pear notes.

M: Medium- bodied, light and refreshing, as well as perfectly carbonated. Great hot summer day drink, but at 8.5% ABV, it was well disguised.

Saison Imperiale



Saison Imperiale, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A- Body is a cloudy dark amber color. Much darker than most saisons. Pours with a 2 finger, creamy, slightly off-white head. Head fades slowly to 1 finger but has perfect retention from there and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness has medium thickness and is dynamic as yeast sediment and the cloudiness can be seen moving about in the glass.

S- Smell is on the sweeter side with peach, maybe some mango, and apple and pear coming through first with a slight floral accent. Some yeasty funk can be found in the background.

T- Upfront is a mix of sweet and tart fruitiness. I can definitely detect apples and pears, and maybe some peach and mango also (as there is definitely an exotic presence here). This is softly accented by a floral hop presence and a slightly funky, yet bready yeast looms in the background along with a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt. The finish is more tart and bitter than the initial flavor and the floral hops and yeast really make their presence known here.

M- Low to medium carbonation and nice, smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is an awesome beer and is definitely not typical of the style. I’ve never seen one this dark before and the exotic fruit presence is a great spin on this style. It is a bit sweeter than most but still very good.

Serving type: Bottle