hirigalzkar (2357) - 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 (3812) - 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 (1771) - 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 (1745) - 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 (6769) - 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 (6812) - 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 (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - 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.
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear amber, medium off white head, great lacing. Aroma is a bit smoky, yeast, biscuit, lemon peel, spice. Flavor about the same, light sweet, very light bitter, spicy, but not really definitive as to what, a bit grassy, earthy. Medium body. Quite nice actually.
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clean, heavily carbonated amber color with about a 1/4 inch cream colored head. Aroma has a mild fruity note, light apple, grape with a strong earthy note to late in the nose. Flavor starts off with some yeasty esters and moves into a light bitter herbal flavor late. Light cherry fruitiness comes in late with some noble hops like bitterness kick. Body has a lot of carbonation, modest body with a sharp dryness to finish. Overall a pretty good brew. As it warms, the fruitiness mellows a little and the dryness subsides a bit. The earthy kick pairs well with the nice fruitiness.