Freaky_tiki (705) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy canola with a generous champagne style cap. The nose on this brew is some serious funk. Pop the cap off this bottle & George Clinton will be jealous. A beautiful sipping saison that gives me crisp white wine, tart apple cider, fresh goose berries & lemon zest on the tongue. This is a serious brew by maybe the most serious brewery in Toronto. So serious it’s got me driving across the city on a sunny Saturday morning for more.
thorongil2 (1491) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) hazy pale yellow colour with a tall white head; aromas of champagne, sour fruit, bit of barnyard; lightly sour, balanced flavour, nice
shaynsawchuk (613) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Lightly hazed straw with a voluptuous, soapy, white head that persists. Brett forward on the nose, funky, preserved lemon, apricot, straw, grain and a bit of barrel. Dry as a bone, crispy, moderate body and heavy plus carbonation. Shares some similarities with a good Cava. Thank the good folks at Bellwoods for having this available so frequently.
jkwood04 (4431) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of dry Brettiness, some pale malts, light wine and oak notes, some fruity notes from the Brett, and some light tartness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A really cool beer.
Luk_ (223) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy blond body with decent white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly funky from the brett’s presence, citrus and honey along with some yeast and dough. The mix of brett, citrus and oak gives the beer a cedar impression. Oak and white wine is much more present in taste. There is a nice brett tartness, also rich belgian yeast and dough flavor. Full bodied and fluffy, lively carbonation but small bubbles and falls off quickly.
An interesting take on the saison style. It has the american experimental personnality (brett, wild, barrel aged) with the belgian tradition (full bodied and yeasty/spicy). Unfortunately, It falls short on both ends as it is not as complex/spectacular as the best American saison/sour ale nor as impeccably executed (especially for the carbonation) like the best belgian example of the style but still a good and unique experiment. Overall, this is a good first impression from Bellwoods and I’m looking forward to try more of their offerings.
mathieuc (1818) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 This bottle says 7.2% ABV, thanks to Hammy78 for this one! Pours a really hazy pale golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is fruity, spicy and a little dusty. Taste is indeed fruity, dry. Some fresh cereals in the flavor department but it is mostly citrusy and fresh. Gently tart. Finish is lightly bitter, drying. Body is light to medium, mouthfeel really airy with the higher order carbonation. Not bad at all, just not as good as I thought it would be. Maybe the brett didn’t develop as much in my bottle?
Oakes (13155) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little footy/yeasty, has a nice thick head though. Sweet, a bit fruity but with sticky pale malts. Maybe a touch of spice. The brett does not seem to have kicked in yet.
Lubiere (10734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazed blonde saison with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with pineapple, Brett, lemon, very nice. In mouth, a smooth sour puckering malt with light acetic notes, Brett, very nice and fruity yet complex. On tap at brewery.
Cuso (5558) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my Secret Santa, huge thank you robinvboyer. Hazy yellow colored beer with huge white head towering over my glass. Tart aroma lemon, grapes, yeast, spices funk. Tart taste with medium sweet malty base, grapes, citrus, oranges, yeast, spices, wood. Alcoholic bitterness in finish. Delicious beer, nice complemented potato pancakes.
Bendrixian (1259) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
abv says 7.2%. Golden hazy colour with a white frothy and fine bubbled head. nice big rich aroma and very well put together, woodsy, esters, honey and some green apple and hint of some herbal notes. Rich palate that is amplified by carbonation, but it does have quite the peppery bite and is made in a very balanced styled despite the ample amount of tartness and citric acid like notes. Very nice and balanced brew.