|Highest Rated||House Saizon (70 / 100)
||Average score||70 / 100 (Very Good)|
|Lowest Rated||House Saizon (70 / 100)
70 / 100
750ml brown caged-and-corked bottle purchased from Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville.
Pours a pale lemon colour, with a very faint haze to it. Head is a crackling, looming mess of white that looks like smashed meringue and soft-serve ice cream. Lacing forms in globs. It looks raucous and wild. Body is fine and light, with minimal, tiny-bubbled carbonation.
Nose is quite pleasant. It has a fresh character of peeled green apple skin, with a fragrant spiciness that speaks of cloves and cardamom. But it's all smoothed with characters of vanilla and sweet pastry. It's really quite nicely pulled together.
Taste is a bit thinner, and it doesn't hold together as well as on the nose. There's a strong sharpness in the middle of the palate, which creates more of a boozy quality, and causes some of that smoothness to be lost. There's apple on the front of the palate, a hint more dried fruit towards the back, but the delicate spice notes are lost in the face of the booze.
Feel is very carbonated. It doesn't quite get to the stage where it's "fizzy", but it's not far off.
Overall, it's okay, but the nose was very good, and I was hopeful for something really delicately and beautifully crafted. This doesn't quite get there.