FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / honey color that shows a bright, but hazy, orange-tinged, straw hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal lemon zest notes, Meyer Lemon, or perhaps mandarine orange. This is backed and accentuated by a solid tartness, and a funky, not quite ripe cheesy, but definitely oaky / woody character. The aroma gets more complex the deeper you dig with lots of mustiness, toasted oak, summer baked straw, and woody leaning soft pepper notes.
The beer has a light tartness up front that accentuates some fruit character, but finishes with a balancing, funky, sort of woody, medicinal leaning phenolics that linger pervasively on the palate long into the finish. Denuded peppery, spicy aok charactermusty, funky woody notes, slight curing plastic flavors, . There is a solid bite of bitterness to the finish that is accentuated by the funky, phenolic yeast notes. The body of this beer makes this impressively quaffable, yet not overly light or watery; there is just enough viscosity to give this some texture, and the oak character definitely contributes a tannic heft. As the beer warms up there is a solid, pale malt cracker like character that also accentuates a dried hay like character.
This is a really nice beer; funky, yet soft, complex, textured, tartly quaffable, but not overly sour, nicely malty, even some hop character. Not as tart or funky as I might have expected, but it makes up for it with its balance of flavors and complexity.
degbert (1105) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
TPSA. Today’s word, boys and girls, is sharp. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin, off-white head. Really spicy and sour on the nose, with a sinus-smarting tingle to it. Sharp and lactic on the tongue, with orange and white pepper notes; it has the same bite as aged hard cheese. The finish remains clean, but turns acetic. Intense, and swings darn close to being a sour, but definitely worth checking out.
Damico (2562) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear orange honey with a sandy white head. Aroma is amazing bringing sweet tart funk from the barrels. Body is crisp with nice tart funk and wild yeast flavors from the barrels rounding out the saison yeast, so refreshing.
bbertels (40) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hardly a saison as this is really more down the vein of a gueuze. But a fantastically interesting brew nonetheless: sour, fruity (apples, grapefruit, plums) and a woody or nutty taste.
acaffar2 (36) - - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Serious farmhouse funk. Slightly sour. A little sweet. Best served super cold
TET (1619) - FINLAND - JUL 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy, golden, strongly bubbling beer, a head is clouding, big and blond. The nose is fruitfull, strongly sour, citrusfruits and green apples. Very refreshning beer that temptates to taste. Taste is strongly sour, green apples, also hint of other fruits. The end is quite dry, some spices. Medium bodied, strong carbonation. Strongly sour saison where the fruitness is playing the side-role. Refreshning and good.
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart crabapple nose with ketchup and currant overtones. Cloudy amber, thick head, good retention and adherence to the glass. Oak, crabapple, cranberry, and brett. Quite a sour saison, but hey, it’s BFM.
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@PBF IX. Hazy yellowish golden colour, small white head. Aroma is spices, fruits, hazy stuff and mild yeastiness. Flavour is citrus, some herbs, spices and mild stuff. Balanced and pleasant.
olio (6142) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ PBF IX.
Pours hazy golden color with a large head. Spices, lemon, some yeast and wooden notes on the nose. Citric fruity flavor, some herbal notes, yeast, funky earth notes and some mild gooseberries also. Nice and refreshing.
lusikka (6207) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle @ PBF IX. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. Aroma of strong lemony sourness, some yeast and wood. Flavour is rather citrusy with Saison yeast, wood, some berryish, black pepper, white wine, floral notes and orange zest. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. Rich and citrusy, with some nice white wine notes. Refreshing.