radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$10 for the .5 pint/8 oz. pour on tap at the Grog yesterday evening. Hazy, dark tangerine; sustains a thin, sudsy, whitish head half a finger in length. Aromas of Playdo, kelp, pilsner malt, sea salt, fresh cow enzymes, and chewed hay. Tastes the same with the addition of spicy peppercorn, coriander, coconut flour, Kaffir limes, and rolled oats by mid-palate. Farmhouse and wild yeasts, Bible paper, sawdust, pluots, and cherry tomatoes by swallow. Tart, bittersweet, and astonishingly refreshing. Would have again.
Beerenberger (1590) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ahhh, funky barnyard aromas abound! Wonderful nose. Notes of citrus and tropical fruit are also present. Pours a hazy orangish-amber with a thin, none lasting, white head and no lacing. The taste, like the nose, is marvously funky. Brett, citrus, leather, toast, hints of tropical fruit, and somewhat of a nutty yet hoppy finish. Complex. Medium-light body and crisp carbonation. Crisp, dry mouthfeel. Overall, a exceptionally crafted and tasty Saison with a nod to the "funky" side. Will drink again.
arsol (830) - NORWAY - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gul uklar farge med hvitt skum. Lukter som vin. Syrlig og musserende munnfølelse. God!
Vighals (2648) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gulbrun tåkete med hvitt skum. Sure bær, sitrom og noe halmlukt. God syrlig sur smak. syrligheten sitter godt i ettersmaken også, medium kullsyre.
tore_pettersen (195) - - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Korngul, uklar/tåkete. Lite hvitt skumlag. Aroma av åker og strå, sitrus, syrlig. Masse kullsyre, sprudlende/boblende munnfølelse som i champagne. Fruktig og veldig syrlig. Bitter, lang og god ettersmak.
ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 750mL bottle drunk at Deep Ellum on 1/18/14
Hazy apricot colored body has a tight, peach-flecked white head that is moderately well-retained, though some of the barrel acids knock it down a bit.
Before I can even smell it, my girlfriend smells her glass exclaiming "Olive Juice!!". Son of a bitch. I hate when that happens. Someone say something that is actually spot-on and you can’t shake it the rest of the way through the beer. Despite this being a really nicely made beer, with a reserved wildness and good body, I was never able to get past the olive aroma of it. Obviously the acetic acid, possibly the hops and some other notes from the barrel combine to create this "olive"-like note, but it’s hard to escape it once you start thinking about it. With some breathing and warming, it starts to open up and you can tell that it’s just a very concentrated barrel aroma. It never completely disappears though...Heavy vinousness, what seems like rosemary (though there is none in it) and moderate tartness are found behind this olivey note. No alcohol, no happiness. Light pepper phenols and lots of wood tannin keep it quite dry.
The flavor is mostly free of this persistent olive note seen in the nose. Nutty, chewy, bready malts are well-attenuated, while barrel and wild yeast notes produce suggestions of cherry, raisin and plum. Lightly watery, yet a very engaging carbonation and bready maltiness give it a decent body through the middle. Some odd phenolic character on the end (more rosemary, dill pickles, light anchovy??) and greasiness from the barrel detract. Strange, yet well-constructed beer. Definitely demands drinking another bottle. I’d guess the AdSBC character it pulls from the barrels dominates the beer a bit too much.
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, lemongrass, herbs and sour citrus. Herbal flavor up front, giving way to sour citrus before a malty sweet finish.
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright yellow with thick white head that diminishes into sticky lacing. Smells light lemon, grass and funk. Taste is more of the same, lemon, tart, dry, balanced, intensely drinkable. Great saison.
Rune (10516) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Bestillingsutvalget shared with friends. White foamy head, dissipating. Unclear, golden body. Fair lacework. Smell of dried lemon. Taste of tart juicy fruit, grain and mid-dry yeasty fruitiness. Bitter fruity ending, dry on the swallow, still very fresh and soft. Maybe a bit unvaried. Fine with spicy food (Tromsø 11.01.2014).
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during the Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting - London. Big thanks to Bruce for this one. Pours hazy gold with a creamy, white head. Tangy citrus and peach in the aroma with subtle hints of funk. Light sweet flavor with decent funky twang, lemony tartness, barnyard edge. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Moderately dry to finish with some funky brett, tangy lemon and lightly bitter citrus rind. Solid stuff.