vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours lightly hazy copper orange with a large beige head. The aroma has a very ripe fruitiness, herbs, mushy malt, caramel malt, cream and a bit of fruity Belgian yeast. Not what I expected from a take on the saison style. Medium / full body that’s a bit rich and has a bit of huskiness with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts off very malt with a cellar mustiness, leafy herbs, hints of alcohol, pepper/clove spice, caramel and overripe nectar fruits. Finish has a funky weird fruitiness and lots of phenolic spice. Okay beer, but not up to what I’d hoped.
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a decent, bubbly head. Light, citrus aroma with a thick sense of malt. Citrus zest with some spice. Strong malty presence as well. Nice little ale.
hirigalzkar (2569) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ In de Wildeman. Semi-dark maltiness. A bit sour. Notes of cookies, chocolate and marzipan. Tool heavy for a saison.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a medium amber with a solid off white head. Aroma of sweet zesty citrus over soft malt. Medium body, flavour of sweet spice, lightly roasted malt and a lingering bitter sweet end.
PotjeBier (2001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ In De Wildeman. Clear amber color. Uneven, off white head. Aroma’s of red fruit, caramel malts, with some sweet spices (ginger?) retronasal. Flavor is moderate malty sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Finishes with a slightly roasted and lasting bitter flavor. Nice, but imho more a Bičre De Garde than a Saison.
NikkTwist (2048) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Khyber. Tulip. Clear dark orange. Big-bubble foam top. Runny lace. Sugary sweet with a spicy bite. Candy apples. Caramel corn. Varnish. Sugar cane. Agave. Green banana. Pepper. Sweet and spicy.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Soft banana and musk on the nose. Tastes of bananas with a little bit of wheat. Spicy musk with more wheat. Finishes with a little bit of spice a little bit of wheat little bit of musk. Weird vinyl banana flavor. Meh.
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at YardHouse, Cincinnati. Pours a clear burnt orange color, more golden around the edges, with a finger of lasting, creamy off-white head. Thought it was a little cloudier first, but that was from the condensation on a hot day. I didn’t choose the patio. Anyway, the aroma has nuts, toasted and bready malts, peanut brittle, mild spice, and dried fruits. Flavor of bready and caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, mellow spice, grass, and wheat. Almost thought I was getting a little clove and banana from this, and could have mistakenly thought there was some dunkelweizen character here. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Looking forward to trying the other three.
altonbrownd (3953) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Churchkey. Nice amber body with medium head. Nose is fruity, malty with caramel. Taste is also nice and malty with some spices and barley notes. Warming finish. Enjoyable.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Always fun to see that you have caught up to a series. Granted only four in the Zymaster Series, but I have had all of them! Pours a reddish orange. Nice 1/2 finger white head of foam. A crazy quilt of funk, hops and some metallic notes in the first sip. Maybe that is the Yerba Santa? Very earthy to me. A little dry at the end as well. A search finds some tea notes and vanilla in the aroma. To me closer to a dubbel than a saison.