hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of spices, wood, musty, some funk, pile of straw, and light citrus. Tastes of citrus, vinous, spices, and brett.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Royal, in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a hazed orange, with a thick one inch slightly off white head which is lasting. The aroma is Brett earthiness, light resinous lemon citrus, wood, and a toasted malt character. The aromas are nicely vinbrant, well balanced - the Brett plays nicely with all else. The taste is similar tot he nose, with the Brett present, nicely accenting the citrus grapefruit hop notes, and the earthy toasted malt which carries some sweetness that was not noticeable in the nose. The finish is long, and reveals a bit of pepper character, along with some lemon peel. The palate is medium bodied dries out a ton on the end. The alcohol is present in the dry finish, detracting a bit. Nice all around beer, though certainly not a typical Saison.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange golden caramel with a thick and creamy cream colored head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of Brett yeast, sour oak wood, wine barrels and spices. Taste of Brett yeast, sour oak wood, spices and wine barrels.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice head to it. Has a bretty, floral smell to it. Taste is similar but with some oak in there and bitterness that last through out. Pretty nice but I would like to see what the brett does to this in another year.
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a rusty brown color with a thick lasting head on top. Some decent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass the whole way through. The aroma, surprisingly, is somewhat reminiscent of the Bitter Monk Belgian I had not too long ago from these guys. Lots of french oak and wine character. Iím picking up a lot of white grape though, not unlike a scent found in something aged in chardonnay. Citrus peel, flowers, lavender, and funky "wild" yeast join in to a really nice scent. Smells a touch more hoppy too than expected but Iíve got no issue with that. The flavors are lightly spiced with lavender and chamomile. Again, thereís lots of oak and wine here. Pinot Noir is red, right? For some reason this smells and tastes like itís been aged in white wine. Thatís not a bad thing, just an observation. I actually think more of a more berry flavor wouldnít work as well in this. The finish shows bitter citrus hops with some notes of resin too. The 8% doesnít completely hide but this is very drinkable and doesnít have any of that overly sweet, tangy, and alcoholic flavors often found in higher abv Saisons. Itís an interesting take on a Saison but is complex, drinkable, and very tasty. I would have never guessed this beforehand but I like the Bitter Monk more than this. Regardless, this is a great beer and I am really impressed by this new brewery. I canít wait to try their next offerings!
adnielsen (7573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of gooovikings. Thanks Jetson! Batch 1. The highlight and the finale of my impromptu Monday night beer tasting. Somewhat cloudy, a touch burnt orange appearance with an off white head. Somewhat spicy, tangy, vinous, bretty, tart citrusy, ilight barnyard, Belgian yeasty aroma. Tart, bretty, citrusy, Belgian yeasty, vinous, spicy/peppery, tangy, slightly floral flavor with a dry, spicy finish. A touch tangy, tart citrusy aftertaste. Pretty cool beer. (3.8)
Bottle in Vail, shared with Jetson for Christmas. Batch 2. Pours a milky, dark orange appearance with an off white head. Zippy, zesty, spicy vinous, organic/herbal, dark berry aroma. Pretty funky, grainy straw, white peppery, tart grape, dry oaky, vanilla flavor that dries out a bunch on the finish. (4.0)
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of alcohol, menthol, gum, lemon zest, oak, sour apple, band-aid, pepper.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A difficult beer to rate, since itís not really a saison (too big and boozy), and Iím also not fond of raw/green hop odor. But then again it doesnít fail the style in the other usual ways, so itís not too hard to mostly forgive its New World aggressiveness. Think of this more like an Americanized tripel, but one thatís dry and yeasty like it should be, not syrupy sweet and banana-heavy like most American examples. A "super saison" if you prefer, but Iíve never liked that term for the same reason "Imperial mild" is silly. Credit to the aroma for sure, itís complex and rustic...wild, woody, and quite enjoyable other than the crude hop stink (the aroma could easily score a nine if only the hops were less brutish). I would have guessed white wine barrels, though...I get absolutely none of the usual pinot noir fruit character like strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, etc. And thankfully the added spices are difficult to pick out, even though thereís a vague sense that itís not adjunct-free. Very dry in the mouth despite having plenty of starting sweetness...itís big, but at least the finish is clean and bitter. Very noticeable alcohol burn, but not out of the norm for being 8%. Overall I like it quite well as a Belgian-styled strong ale, but I am naturally disappointed that it isnít a saison. Also, the fact that this is $16 means I will never buy another bottle (Saison Dupont is almost half that, as one example...I realize this is barrel aged, but would I rather drink Dupont regardless of price? definitely). Itís obvious the brewer has it in him to make a decent straight-up saison, though, and I hope he does so one day (and prices it more properly).
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, dense color of orange marmalade, has a really nice bretty tropical aroma with flavors of pine needles, chalky sour fruits, really good
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Cloudy, deep gold body. Off-white, fizzy head. Big aroma of grapefruit, mustiness, lacquer, citrus, spice, orange peel. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The funky brett combined with citrus results in a taste of grapefruit on the edge of being overripe. Hints of biscuit, oak. Too juicy in the finish for a saison. But style aside, this is an interesting beer. And really enjoyable to drink. Thanks wnoble.
wnoble (1088) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy and medium light amber with some creamy head. Nose immediately brings on musty, spice, and funky Brett with, a good blend of resinous dank and citrusy orange hops. Flavor is sweet but finishes dry. Again musty and woody wine barrels. This one is really nice.