beersearcher (2382) - 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 (6181) - 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 (2502) - 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 (9281) - 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 (8351) - 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.
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Wow, the aroma on this is really buggy with tart hints of brett and likely some pedio, too. Some sour green apple hints, and maybe some light oakiness in the nose. Underneath all of this, there is a stale urine character, which is a bit off-putting. Mostly opaque honey-colored body with a large, off-yellow head that leaves decent lacing behind. Starts pretty harsh and tart, with some bitter olive juice characteristics. The softens just a little bit towards the middle, and a scant amount of spiciness presents itself along with some yeast esters. Finishes bitter and dry. Imagine eating a mouthful of cheap pimento olives that are just a little sour, and you have this beer. Not sure why this is considered a saison on this site, when itís clearly a wild ale with saison as a base beer.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beerw ith a cream colored head. Malt and spice aroma with floral notes and red wine barrel. Red grape and oak flavor with malt floral tones, yeast, and spice. Mediumb odied. Red wine and floral tones linger with yeast, malt, and spice.
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Orange in colour with strong carbonation. BIg time bretty funk on the nose, along with notes of dried herbs, mellow red wine, and citrus peel. Very dry in the mouth with loads of brett, rose hip herbal tea, orange and tangerine peel, and red wine barrel. A bit like Orval, but with more barrel and additional spices. Really good stuff.
HonkeyBra (3655) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Opaque amber pour with a big, thick rocky white head. Aroma of strong, earthy brett, leather, dry leaves. Some oak, bright woody sweetness, honey. Some apparent tannins as well. Flavor is dry, earthy, with lots of nice brett notes. Some funky leather and barnyard. Mild oak, some grapes and sweetness from the pinot noir. The tannins really start coming out as it warms. Funky, dusty berries, some wet wool. This is one of the tastiest saisons Iíve ever had. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. This beer is an absolute symphony to brett. Lovely, lovely beer.