notalush (4460) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Saison au Brett," it said on the board - "oh hell yes," I exclaimed - and it’s good! - much more balanced brett character than in other brett saisons - beautiful hazy orange pour, with a lasting, soapy lace - slightly wheaty, refreshingly crisp aroma, with just a hint of brett character - creamy, yet refreshing palate - quite dry, with just a hint of bready malt - some crisp, bitter herbs - the brett is very young, and adds a gentle character that compliments the lemony tartness of the beer, as well a the slightest earth, leathery quality far in the back at the finish - there is a hint of sweetness that detracts from the dryness/tartness, but otherwise this is phenomenal.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes!! I thought I didnt take notes on this last year for the DDC 10th anniversary weekend. Pours a hazy orange with a thin head. Aroma is tangerine, and orange citrusy aroma- with a light citrusy and tropical funk- pineapple, and horse funk with a piney hop note. Flavor is earthy, funk , horse, and cheese with a bit of sweaty goat even. Medium isovaleric and butyric notes,cheese, parmesan hints, slight salt notes, and citrusy tangerine finish - and dry. I liked this one a lot!
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An extra-dry rustic “rough” bretty beer. Kick-ass although an acquired taste
How: Tap at brewpub, freshly put on tap, first (and hopefully not last) batch ever
The look: Cloudy dark-orange topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose of brett and orange peels. Body is full, fluffy and “rough”. The beer is very dry, very very dry. Taste is somewhat simple but extremely effective. Grainy crunchy cereals, some dry citrus skin, some dry orange skins, hyper-active carbonation with lots of big bubbles. Gets a bit more juicy as it warms up but overall this is a pleasantly “rough” extra dry rustic 4.4% bretty beer with the body of a big beer. There was still a tiny bit of residual sugar so I’m sure this would be even more kick-ass aged a few months. That’s the problem with brewpub beers, the only way to age a good brewpub beer is to kill the customers but that would just give yet another reason for people to call the cops on me.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Benelux. Great gold pour in a huge glass with a lovely, big and puffy head. Very horsy, dry hay aroma, some coriander and cardamom. Grassy flavor, hay, a bretty bite. Dirty and yeasty as hell. Full bodied and tough to drink, however nails the "saison with brett" style. Tasty.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first Saison inoculated with brett in Québec that I know of. Hopefully not the last.
Remarkably low ABV for all the taste it deploys. You could drink a few of these though the high carbonation might eventually catch up to you. Not VERY wild, but certainly pleasantly bretty nose with its pineapple, wild flowers and cidery, borderline leathery notes. Captivating mouthfeel, light and tight with vibrant carbonation. Fruity to your will and cohesively dry.
That’s very impressive as it is. A geographic mistake.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Benelux. Pours a very hazy, golden-tan color; significant, creamy off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Really solid brett character in the aroma: lively citrus, light acidity, and toasty crackers; nicely expressed brettiness. Lively carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: effervescent, bretty, limey-citrus notes upfront; solid core expression of lightly acidity brett; toasty malts, crackers, and lightly acidic citrus. Lengthy finish: brett, toasty crackers, and light lime.
MJGG (895) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de 20 oz, d’un fût, à la brasserie. Arômes de levure typiques d’une saison, touches citronnées. Robe orangée, belle mousse qui disparaît rapidement, belle effervescence. Goût de levure et de pelures d’oranges et de pamplemousse. Les céréales sont également présentes. Finale très sèche, avec des touches de cuir et de terre. Original.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Within a brettanomyces grove burgeons herbal hop bitterness, intelligent sweet cereals and artful fruit esters, a harmonious profile which makes this Wild Ale cuddly and very drinkable.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-That wild yeast character is important throughout, but it never dominates the flavor profile; it is quite cooperative.
-I would have imagined a lighter body for a 4.4% brew fermented with brett; a crisper mouthfeel might have made this more alluring to me, defining the malts and the hops a tad more.
-Am I imagining the doughy yeast angle?
-The fruit esters are not distinct, but sure are present.
-The cereal sweetness builds a round mouthfeel.
On tap at Festival Bières et Saveurs.
TaktikMTL (5389) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au festival Bières et Saveurs 2008 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur de levures et d’épices avec une pointe citronnée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe d’épices et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1918)
Lubiere (9035) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy orange golden ale with a thin white head. A lightly Bretty aroma wheat, very restrained. In mouth, an herbal saison, light and smooth, wheat malt. Overall, a bit light. Festival Bières et Saveurs, August 29 2008.