GoufCustom (927) - HONG KONG - DEC 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015
(Re-rate on 14-Feb-2014):
Rationale: the last one I had on 28-Dec-2014 was obviously infected while it stills kept the nice saffron-honey blueprint there. So for one last time, I want to know if this saffron beer is for real, or just some amateur craft brew failure so common in Italian craft beers.
750 ml bottle at abv 6.6%, with expiry date 9-Oct-2015 bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Preparation: for better head and retention, friged bottle stands at room temp for 10 minutes before opening as recommended by official website.
Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong honey, strong canned pineapple, light jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, strong Belgian yeast, lemon and light grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with moderate to strong tartness, light honey, pineapple esters, molasses, Bel yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter grassy hops; Mid to light body. Slick palate; Mouth feel is really like a strong
Biere de Garde - very malty, strong hops and bitterness with underlying sweetness. Good malty body, no infection this time, but with pretty strong tartness which tags closely with hops. Underlying floral background, with sweetness beinglight thick molasses, with pineapple ester from Belgian yeast. Strong hops dominate as in BdG. Pretty mean but nice!.... Hoppiness is lemon and light grass in nose. Strong lemon and very grassy in taste. Bitterness is strong as in BdG, but not quite German Pils or IIPA for a lasting, strong astringent finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very bitter and very hoppy to mouth.
Comments: Without infection I can finally see its true colour: a saffron-honey ale resembling a Biere de Garde but without the cellar. It has pretty good honey floral and estery aroma, good maltyness, fair Bel yeast, and pretty mean and lasting hops. It does have some farm house feel and fairly enjoyable. A smaller dose (say 330ml) will suit me just fine. A neat one.
(Original review on 28-Dec-2014)
750 ml bottle at abv 6.3% bought at CitySuper in Time Square, Causeway Bay.
Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpet white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and notable small carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of lager malt, with very strong honey as soon as it was popped, plus strong canned pineapple, jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, and
strong Belgian yeast; Sweet taste of malt, with sourness, strong honey, pineapple esters, vanilla, floral molasses, Bel yeast, lemon and moderate grass; Mid to light body, slick palate; Mouth feel is saffron-dominated honey sweetness in background, plus rather strong sourness (maybe infected as my bottle). More honey sweet floral over the Bel yeast fruity esters, and together the tastes seems unbalanced… Hoppiness is no nose, lemon and grass taste. Notable moderate bitterness for a light astringent semi-finish; Quite dry after taste. Honey-and-sour plus quite bitter to mouth.
Comments: It could have been a good one were it’s not the infected sourness (my bottle one month pass the expiry date). The nice saffron-honey in aroma and taste is certainly there for sweet teeth like me, if only they have better QC and taste balance. Will re-rate this one again.
AROMA: 8/10; APPEARANCE: 3/5; TASTE: 5/10; PALATE: 2/5; OVERALL: 9/20. RB Score: 2.7 / 5.0.</0>
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
ABV: 8.5%. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully to mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, keller, toasted - caramel, sweet malt, flowers, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, earthy, crocus, fruity, flowery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
50belair (2639) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the PBC tasting. Cloudy straw pour with a foamy white head. Florally nose. Effervescent with floral and saffron notes. Medium in body..
KyotoLefty (6877) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Taste Firenze. Strange vegetal nose, but with a flavor of sweet orange and saffron, and peaches. Dry, minerally finish. Smells awful but comes around to be interesting in the end, if not exactly nice.
Bov (9960) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - cloudy blond-orange colour with a white foam left; citrusy and fresh flowery hoppiness in the nose; medium-bodied, sweet and slightly almondy aftertaste with notes of celery
omhper (20288) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Almost clear golden, small head. Saffrom dominates heavily in the aroma. Sweet and phenolic, medium bodied with fairly clean mouthfeel.Fruity, but above all dominated by saffron. Rather peculiar, I’m not really sure I like it.
Ungstrup (29985) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, malt, and saffron. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, vanilla, and spices - among them saffron, leading to a dry spicy finish.
yespr (33187) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is dry saffron and mild floral. Sweet, citric and slight floral flavoured. Dry saffron seasoned. Dry malty and saffron flavoured finish.
KnutAlbert (6298) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong saffon aroma, with associations to fish soup and rice, of course, but that’s just how I’m trained to percieve it.
A full bodied golden ale is used as a base.
Does it work?
No, not really. The saffron flavour is too strong for the beer. It overwhelms everytung, leaving nothing but a warm spicy saffron flavour. Some apricots and clementines in the background. I think there is some ginger, too, but it might be the saffron having the same warming effect.
fiulijn (15410) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 2010-03-09, bottle, courtesy of Gennaro from Amiata, 1 year old, 7-4-5-2-10=28
Beautiful color, hazy, light gold; small head. There is surely saffron aroma, still, sweet, but also malt, and the two clash a bit. Light malt flavor, with light sourness and vegetables (the bottle is now too old), but still with a shade of saffron. Short final.
2009-03-22, draught at IBF 2009, Milan, 7-3-6-3-13=32
Now it shows a mixed aroma of saffron and plastic, some alcohol too. Medium sweet flavor, low bitterness.
2009-03-20, draught at IBF 2009, Milan, 7-3-6-2-12=30
Cloudy blond color. Intense aroma, saffron, malt, hop, alcohol; nice. Medium body, dry mouthfeel, simple flavor. Weak final, but with shades of saffron. Original, interesting, but it would be better if sweeter.