pivo (2660) - GERMANY - JUN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lavender nose, hazy gold color, fluffy head. Rosemary and spices all through the profile. Honey sweetness. Really complex and interesting, and it all holds together something. Not a session beer or something I’d even want to return to immediately, but an impressive showing nonetheless.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe blonde légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes de sauge. Saveurs de citron, de blé, de levures et de sauge.
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color with a large and foamed straight white head. Aroma is mainly a lemony sense, with just a tiny bit of spice tossed in there in the back of the nostrils. The flavor is surprisingly good! A medium thick malt lemon zest starts this one off, moving then into a pepper spiced body. This one definitely has a tang to it while maintaining a fairly yeasty and doughy thickness. Somewhere in the body a sage presence comes out, surrounded by slightly bitter hops, which then cover the sage and finish out the taste. Hops linger, and interestingly enough the sage and pepper comes back out on the tongue a bit after the finish. Like I said, I was actually impressed with the depth of this beer. Its not excellent, but the sage really does come through quite well for a minute (especially if served around 54 degrees). I would definitely buy again if I was looking for a spicey kick!
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden colour with mostly lasting white head. Acids and sage exploding from the glass. Acid´s almost astrigent in the aroma. Slightly sweet malt in the rather weak aroma (compared to the aroma anyways). Runs oily on the palate. Lasting finish (acids). Admittingly im kind fund of astrigent acids.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330cL flip top bottle.Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Sweet aroma with strong sage and oregano aroma, with some lemon in the background. Sweet background flavor with a hefty dose of spice. which lingers on the palate. Some citrus and hops present as well. Really interesting - i like it.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
I didn’t care for this beer. I saw sage on the ingredient list, which sounded good, but came off to me as quite medicine tasting...like an anti-septic grape sudafed.
Warning, this beer is dangerous to open! I flipped open the swing top (the bartender refused to) and a good amount of foam rushed out along with a pretty good "whoooosh!" noise. The beer had a golden color which was fuller/darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom. There was lots of billowy head that couldn’t stand up and kept flopping over the side of my glass. Aroma was of grape medicine. Flavor was a bit brandy-ish, but those notes were overwhelmed by a grape medicine flavor. Later, as the beer warmed, it came off as a bit minty. I didn’t care for the flavor and found it not very drinkable. Mouthfeel was very dry and astringent, and didn’t make me want to drink any more beer.
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle drunk on 4/28/07
Is it pizza or is it beer? No, just kidding, I dont get the pizza thing at all, really. It’s a damned fine beer and the sage isn’t overdone. Sure, it’s well-present and you’re not going to miss it in the least, but it’s no different than using hops in beer, and I think there’s a pretty strong movement for those. Granted, hops are probably a bit more enjoyable than sage, but I’ve always enjoyed gruits and the like and this is a nice change of pace. The unfiltered texture and natural carbonation give it a creamy mouthfeel, while the pils malt is tremendously soft, chewy and full of flavorful, rich honey suggestions. Some doughy yeast inevitably gets in there too, but everything is smoothed out and balanced by the sage. And add to that some very lovely, reserved belgian yeast esters of apricot, peach and nectarine and you’ve got a fantastic blonde ale a la sage. Crisp on the finish, with appropriate attenuation. Very quenching, no sign of the alcohol, nor any flaws. Lightly hazy blonde body has plenty of off-white head that laces well and shows strong retention.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale yellow with a full head. Had all the promise of a decent belgian but came up very short. Soapy finish.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Overly carbonated, one dimensional beer with an astringent finish. Rather a disappointment.
eaglefan538 (3020) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a pale cloudy yellow color with a huge and hard to manage white pillowy head, very nice belgian rings of lacing. The aroma was floral, lavendar, juniper, and yeast. Flavor followed suit, but the juniper spicy flavor was a bit too much. Finishes with a nice peppery, hoppy bitter touch (malts underplayed). Mouthfeel was moderate, crisp, a little bit refreshing, if not for the overly junipered flavor. An interesting and decent beer, but not much more than that, especially at BFM’s prices here in the States.