sarahkatz (1) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First time drinking anything from this abbey, and my first French abbey beer, so I wasn’t 100% what to expect, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. The aroma was what was most interesting, as it definitely had a "skunky" (and not skunky as in old or past it’s time, skunky as in the kind you smoke) edge to it. Maybe that’s why we killed the bottle relatively quickly!
Kavu (2728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,75l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours hazy golden with a low head. Aroma is hops and lemongrass. Flavor is earthy malts, stables and some hops. Now this is a farmhouse ale!
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Au Baron in Gussignies. The first try, at the cafe, was muddy and yeasty and un-rateable, the fault of the servers glugging the hell out of the bottle while pouring. The second try finally gave us a good impression of the beer. Hazed amber with a fine white head. A combination of fruity esters (apple skin, banana, pear) and airy / dusty yeast in the nose. Medium body, sweet with low bitterness and medium acid. Juicy malt sugar with creamy texture from the suspended yeast. Rustic and bright, sweet and savory.
erickok (4127) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky light amber body and bubbly head. Belgian appeal, red fruity malts and yeast, light spice, biscuity malts too. Layered but also unfortunately a bit too sweet. Taste is in the same vain, a bit too sweet and simplistic in the aftertaste. It?s okay, not as rich as expected. (75cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
Martinus (3568) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus and malts. Malty flavour, citrus, quite sweet, light hops. Malty finish, hops.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Thanks for sharing, Seba!)
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
18/I/14 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BBE: 2014 (2014-71) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy deep orange beer, big aery white head, unstable, dissipates quickly. Aroma: bit lemony, sourish, hay, some orange peel, spicy, bit infected. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, bit infected, bitter touch, unpleasant, bit smoky, rotten fruits. Aftertaste: sourish, smoky, spicy, coriander, bit floral.
JefVerstraete (1957) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ RBBWG 2014. Thanks to Sebletitje. Blond colour, lots of carbonation. Dry and bitter beer. Aroma of spices and herbs. A bit soapy.
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 75cl. BB 20/2014, lot# 48?
Ambrée, col blanc fin devenant vite plat.
Arôme est malté, caramel qcq effluves houblonnées pour un style restant très français dans l’approche. Amertume venant des houblons porte sur qcq notes agrumes et herbacée.
Palais est bien effervescent, léger malté caramel. Fini avec une pointe de noisette? Houblonné vert sur un léger résiduel nobles. Reste correcte comme bière de garde.
ThirstyBird (2013) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Thanks to Sebletitje! Pours a hazy honey color with a small tan head. The smell is mild caramel, spice, frit. The taste is caramel, grain, spice ending a bit dry. Light/medium body with active carbonation.
77ships (5027) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Sebletitje. Pours orange. Nose is sweet oranges, orange peel, faint lemon peel, lemonade, touch aspirin. Taste is bitter orange peel, caramel, bitter yeast, plastic, aspirin, some sugar, grains, some malts. Sparkling. Okay but not that stellar. I am starting to suspect that Americans are systematically overrating everything that has the non-existing style “Bière de Garde” attached to it. What is the deal with that, too hip to admit that you are over-hyping French saisons?