brokensail (15215) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazed golden color with a large white head. Really an interesting aroma. Nice floral, grassy, and yeasty notes to begin with. There is a pleasant fruitiness of raspberry, too. Unfortunately a bit metallic. The fruitiness is pronounced on the palate: nice raspberry and lemon notes. Plenty of grass, straw, and bread with a nice yeast bite. Not much in the way of pepper/phenolics, though.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very careful pour nets me a four, then five, then six fingers of head (two of which are above the rim of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip) that is a light tan color. The beer is a dark amber, red color that shows millions of madly streaming bubbles and a brilliantly clear, orange amber-color when held up to the light. The beer smells very appetizing with a mix of tart, fruit and lightly funky notes. The mix reminds me of a ripe pear and berry fruit cup that is finished off with notes of Manchego cheese and hay like, pale-kilned malt. Notes of pale wheat crackers, a touch of herbal dry grass notes, lots of honey almost mead like character and a very bright floral character that is much more distinct now that I have picked it out. There is a sort of funkiness in the finish that is more apparent in an oral / nasal capacity while taking a sip of this beer (almost reminds me a bit of rotting fruit, but in an appetizing way somehow). An earthy spiciness reminds me a bit of coriander, woody black pepper as well as a touch of rotting citrus rind.
The beer is a bit more perceptibly sweeter than I was expecting, but it seems like this might be accentuated by some of the tartness that is in this beer. Lots of floral, nectar like honey-mead notes are found in the flavor. The finish has a mix of light tartness and a fizzy, lively carbonation that contributes a carbonic bite; these notes contribute to a finish that is reminiscent of pears, a touch of floral apple character, a hint of strawberry, some tart berry notes and an at times, bright citrus character. This is very light bodied and refreshing, the expressive carbonation helps with this and there is just enough texture to this to not seem watery. The most expressive flavor in this beer is that of the fruit, this can be quite bright tasting at times. There is a background note of earthy coriander, lemon zest, a touch of mellow white pepper (though it could really use some nice biting spiciness).
This is quite nice, my biggest complaint is that this beer is too drinkable, it seems to just about disappear from my glass. This could use a bit of bite to it, either some bitterness and / or herbal hop character or a bit more biting tartness that would help to balance out the more dominant fruitiness and floral qualities found in this beer.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber, very carbonated and gushery. The nose is a little bit earthy with light pineapple and spice as well as a touch of earthy cologne. Fairly musty/corky aroma along with a little bit of light tartness. A kiss of black pepper and fruitiness on the back. Light tobacco as well as some cherry pit vanilla-like flavour. Really damn tasty stuff.
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
One of two vintages sent to me by FlandersNed - the cork explodes out of this one, much like it has out of every other Arbor 750 I’ve ever had - fizzy, cloudy, rust-colored beer - nose of moderate sourness, dank, moldy cellar, citrus peels, and coriander, with honey sweetness underneath - the flavor starts too acidic and tart, and ends too sweet - I suppose I should hand it to them for accomplishing that - a very flabby beer - some casky, oaky sourness up front - lemon and other citrus through the middle - some grainy character on the back end - citrus sticks around as sweetness develops, adding a kind of kumquat sort of flavor - lingering acidity, but mostly sweet on the tail end - not really a saison - not really sure what I would classify it as other than a disappointment - let’s hope the other vintage I have is better than this one.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A rustic (dusty/rusty), spicy and citrusy Saison-ish ale with too much bubbles
How: Bottle 750ml corked and caged. Consumed when about 6 months of ageSent to me by dmschefke. Thanks a lot Dave
The look: Cloudy dark golden-orange body topped by large beige head that quickly settle down to a long lasting small beige head
In long: The pleasant nose is very rustic (but not wild) with notes of rust, old wood chest, dusty attic. Taste of biscuit malts, strong mouldy character, citrusy fruitiness, heavy water minerals, light spicy notes, some orange peels, some grass. I didn’t like the mouthfeel on this one with the fizzy carbonation (like a soda-pop) and the very oily texture. Got better as towards the end of the bottle when I was getting more yeast, just too fizzy sharp without the yeast. Finish appears dry but mainly because of spiciness and minerals. This beer has good potential but the carbonation was just too much and destroyed the subtle flavours of the beer, if any. Bubbles just don’t only cause stock market crashes and put millions out of work, they can do a lot worse and ruin a good beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"look at that yeast stain" Moejuck....
Scotty karate DVD is in play....
Lemon and some light funky yeasty notes. Well carbonated, light citrus.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cork and caged bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a tulip. The cork popped with some serious force with a small amount of foam streaming out of the bottle.
Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head that recedes to a small soapy cap, leaving almost no lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming to the top.
The aroma is very sweet with lots over-ripe fruits, especially peaches and apricots, with some citrus as well, maybe oranges. Plenty of musty characteristics, with yeast sweetness and peppery spices. Overall, the aroma definitely leans more to the sweeter side of things.
The taste is a different beast altogether. Right from the outset, there is a tart lemony kick with an almost acidic sourness. The remaining sweetness in the taste is less of the peaches and more of a green apples sweetness with a dry, almost funky finish. The spices are present but subtle.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation, probably too much, and semi-dry in the finish.
This is my first beer from Arbor and it’s a good start with a saison that’s got a great nose but doesn’t quite have the taste to go along with it. Nonetheless, big thanks to Derek for sharing this one.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Kevin and Jeff as the last beer of our Friday night post MiBGF little tasting, I believe it was Jeff whom provided this:
Golden hue with a small fizzy head and good lace. The aroma was tart peach and oranges, lemongrass, coriander, mineral water and clean pale malts. The taste is fruity and acidic with a pale malt and biscuity background. Some pepper and corriander background on the finish. The mouth feel is simply too lively and the bottle appears over primed but otherwise it worked okay. Once you let it sit for awhile and let the bubbles go away you found a respectable farmhouse ale. Would like to try this on tap to see the differences.
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, lemon grass, pineapple, and faint mustiness. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head with decent retention. The flavor starts with citrus and pineapple. There’s some light lemon grass in the background and also some light peach. The finish has some moderate lemon tartness. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation that stings the tongue. I really like the flavor but the prickly carbonation is really distracting and a big turnoff.
jkwalking05 (4526) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Orange amber in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is of booze and grain. Taste is tart with citrus and grain.