Phillies08Champs (680) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange beige with very funky notes in the nose. First sip is strong with saison flavor. Just a little funky tart and dry. I feel like it needed to finish more like a lambic.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like someone is boiling hard candy in a barn - sweaty horses and jawbreakers. Fairly dry. Not super sour, more of a very light tartness. Wicked bretty with a rather bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A moderately funky, sweet and flowery-hopped blonde Belgian ale. Very interesting experiment.
How: Bottle 750ml at Bir&Fud, Rome Italy
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body toped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is moderately funky with notes of garden flowers and honey. Taste has flower petals, honey, beer wax, noble grassy hops, sour white grapes, a bit of funk, a little sharp funky acidic twist at the end. If I remember correctly the bottle label says that the beer contains 10% Cantillon lambic. The lambic contribution is in fact rather discreet. This didn’t feel very Saison to me but it is probably the most fitting style to classify this one-of-a-kind wild beer. Very good, almost excellent, a better attenuation would make this a truly excellent beer. Very good but this beer is unfortunately very expensive, even by the very expensive Italian beer standards. Everyday the main problem I face is trying to reconcile my gross habits with my net income.
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hazy orange coloured body with a copper glow, a perfect (two centimetres) tan head and a lot of lively action in the glass - due to the bottle fermentation. Aroma of great sour grapes, acidic tartness, fruit, light malt and more puckering scents - awesome. Medium-bodied; Assertive carbonation with a lot of malt/wheat up front fading to a tart grape flavour, but not overly done like a normal lambic (although I love those). Aftertaste shows some sour flavours, but mostly light oaky, drying flavours, some fruit tastes and light alcohol. Overall, a very nice combination of a saison and a lambic - almost the perfect combination of style representations. I’d definitely recommend this one, a very worthwhile beer if you like either of the styles, and one that you’ll absolutely love if you enjoy both styles of beer! I sampled this 37.5 cL split bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2010.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small off-white speckled head. Aroma of florals, leather, barnyard, citrus, grass, potpourri, and herbs. Flavor is very floral, herbal, earthy, some unrefined lambic qualities, and mild leafy bitterness with a dry finish.
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy gold with a prominent white head. Aroma is florals, some funk, grass and minimal citrus. More sweet than sour, very smooth. Finish is dry.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Smitty’s. Pours deep gold with 3-finger frothy white head. Nose is heavy floral, fruity, and earthy. Tastes tart, fruity, with pale malt and sizable hops. As it warms, more citrus, tangerine, and floral tartness emerges. Stays pretty balanced, and is very refershing.
jtclockwork (8026) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange pour. Full nose of mixed fruit. Taste is complex. Some lambic, sour cherry and an orange rind finish. Rated 4/19/10
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a near clear gold orange with a small quickly dissipating white head. Aroma has a nice tart cherry note with an undertone of earthy yeast. Flavor has much more of a saison note with yeast notes that are mainly earthy and some sweet fruits. The tart cherry note does not mix as well in the flavor.
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy brass liquid under a nice, off-white head, good lace. Sour yeast and malt nose and same on palate.