peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky glowing orange/amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is dry spices, brett, melon (perhaps peach), and a touch of oak. Taste is dry and clean with mixed spices, brett, pepper, and dry oak with a lingering bitterness. The body and mouthfeel on this beer is spot on. Excellent beer and certainly one I need to grab a second bottle of for some time in the cellar.
thornecb (4404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazed amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to skim surface. Summer fruit and earthy funk aromas. Crisp with sweet caramel upfront turning to tropical fruit before the lasting brett finish.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml big thanks to pintplease.
Appearance : Hazy pale amber with big foamy and creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Big brett with nice spices and wood. Very nice fruity notes. Light citrusy and light leathery notes. Nice herbal hops.
Palate : Carbonation is very soft. A little bit too soft for me especially near the end of the glass.
Taste : Lots of brett with spices. Big fruity brett on finish with leather and wood. Barnyard. Very fruity, nice hops. Nice herbal notes. Light tropical fruits. Finish is a bit sticky and resinous.
Overall : Wow what an elegant beer. Very complex, very nicely balanced. Awesome brett profile with great hops. Very cohesive, nothing is overpowering. Very dry and rather drinkable at first. At the end it got a bit too much with the hops and the big brett. I think the lack of carbonation made it a bit cloying after half the bottle (we were two on it). Still an amazing beer. Really complex, really well made. Iím impressed.
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with malt notes of grain and straw, flowers for the hops, barnyard and musty for the yeast, and background notes of grape, wood, berry and a huge mix of spices like allspice, cardamom, mace and cinnamon. Head is huge, creamy turing rocky, mostly white with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy yet sparkling amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter and sour. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, slippery, with a lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent finish. Great aromas and great balance in this Saison, and the barrrel aging is very noticable.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my favorite of the three available in SoCal. Nice wood barrel notes contrast against the sharp grape/wine character. Some pepper notes linger as well. Pours a red/orange color. Big Belgiany yeast aroma and barnyard flavors too.
AmEricanbrew (5847) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant copper kettle color with lasting off white foam. Awesome dry wood, barnyard piss and dung, dry spice, dusty pale malt aromas. Light to medium body with average co2. Big citrusy hop flavors with dusty pale malt, dry hay, dry spice, rose hips, other herbs--very tasty Saison
wedgie9 (1946) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 11/13/11 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Binnyís Lincoln Park. Pours cloudy, dark orange with a very thick white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of even lace. The nose is tart red berry fruits, very dry, funky yeast, a bread malt aroma, and some nice spiciness. The flavor is, once again, very dry and funky with a nice spicy character, bread malt, and a very balanced red berry flavor. The body is medium with lively carbonation, and a long, funky, earthy yeast, and lightly bitter finish.
Sammy (8663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Starts with a gorgeous pour...hazed dirty orange color with thick, dense, and quite lacy cream colored head. Nose is quite nice as well...really get the pinot barrel influence coming through here..grapey and a bit earthy over some saison/belgiany yeast tones. Flavors bring forth a lot of the pinot grapey/oaky nuances and combine them with a nice, spicy yeast character and a relaxingly crisp saison-esque, spritzy body. Remarkably light and refreshing for something boasting 8% alcohol. Whatever spices were used certainly do not come forth very strong or overpowering, which in my opinion, is a great thing. The brett is subtle but you can tell itís really helping bringing out that oaky vinous quality. Iíve heard all the hype of these guys and to be honest, iím starting to recognize that itís well deserved. These guys are definitely a solid addition to the craft beer world. Nicely done....canít wait to try more from them.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line :
This bountiful Wild Saisonís floral intricacies lean into tropical fruitiness and pine-y brettanomyces, while oak tannins tag along the enjoyable dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam crowns the misty pale amber.
-This rivals some of Jolly Pumpkinís best efforts, execution-wise, for a Wild Ale.
-Effervescence could have been higher for such a brew. Although that would have made it dangerously easy to forget about the alcohol touch.
-The flavor profile is highly cohesive even with all the variables in play. Great complexity and harmony.
-The resinous hop bitterness is well levelled with the rest of the brewís moderately high intensity.
-I canít really perceive the Pinot Noir signature in here, but the oaken sagacity is perceivable.