Over a month after bottling and 2 months after first brewing I'm finally getting around to doing a tasting of my Saison.
Appearance: Not surprisingly similar to the pumpkin spice ale with their similar malt bills with a light brown/amber with some orange notes on the sides. A 1/2 inch off white head appears initially but fades very quickly (wasn't the cleanest glass).
Smell: Wow that is enjoyable. A nice citrusy blend that feels like part hops, part yeast character and part orange peel inspired with a lot of depth and complexity. Its followed by caramelly sweetness.
Taste: Just like the nose but with more complexity. Not overly strong in any direction but the hops are the star up front with a fair amount of sweetness and hints of Belgian spicy character.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and fairly thin in body this one is an easy drinker but the carbonation is a bit higher than I intended with TONS of bubbles flowing up from the bottom consistently.
Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable I could have a few more gladly. The hop level of this beer and the subdued yeast character for the style (probably due to low fermentation temps) make this a bit more like an american pale or amber than the classic saison (the lack of attenuation to dry out the beer doesn't help either) but this is still a tasty beer with a moderate orangey character.