tmzl (95) - SLOVENIA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: (maybe some gushing at start - happens some times with saisons) Pours with thick, fizzy white head. Slow retention, mostly diminishing, leaves a very thin thick layer. Sticky fair lacing. Medium carbonation, colour is yellow wheat (with light orange hue). Cloudy as fck but the yellow is very intense and looks marvelous, very lively.
Smell: Consists of medium fresh lemony, citrus, wild berries sour and leathery funk. Freshness is very nice and the funk is low-medium, goes along, good balance. Hidden in the backbone lurks light sweetness and some floral notes.
Taste: Lemon, berries sour hits you first, continues with good medium-light funkiness. Just before it goes down there is a small spike of mushroom, wood, earthy tart. Medium sour and light brett funk stay with your at the end. Very light sweet backbone.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, high carbonation - but isnít annoying (bubbles small enough). Light, dry and fresh.
Overall: Great beer, if funk and sour please you - do yourself a favour and grab this one. Fresh and good balance.
AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a friend I think in the DC area. Enjoyed myself on a lovely afternoon amidst a nice snow-fall at 55 Degrees F in a wine glass.
A - Almost gushed on me but I saved it. I had this sitting up right for a few months before opening in the cellar. Pour was light but the head produced was profoundly 4 fingers of sticky almost whipped meringue head. Beer itself was a golden orange, hazy as the dregs entered the glass. The head took about 5 minutes to subside enough to take a sip.
S - Wow. this is probably the first time Iíve smelled a beer like Hill Farmsteadís saisons. It has that chewy orange skin paired with peppery spice and a tart effervescent medicinal quality. Smells like a lot like Art, Flora or CD 6..somewhere in that realm. Very nice nose! On a longer sniff, more lemons, wheat and pineapple.
T - This is where things get interesting. The taste is not as great as the nose but in a different way. Grassy, peach juice and lemon juice. A slight hint of cider vinegar, leather and funk with an arching sweetness that greatly contributes to the taste. Iím not a fan of íjonge lambicí and much prefer the oude so a lot of characteristics are not that good. It lacks wood, oak tannins.
M - The bottle conditioning yields a wonderful mouthfeel. Itís other-worldly. Very much on par with great Fantome beers and every Hill Farmstead saison especially the tart Brett Clausenii and Lactobacillus that linger for a very long time after each sip.
O - I am permanently ISO more of this beer. Itís really incredible. Great tasting and Iím sad that this was my only bottle.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle. Gusher as the cap came off. Huge pour with this one. Nearly 3/4 of the glass was foam. Hazy yellow pour with bubbly carbonation. Aromas of lemon, sour funk, grass, hay, and some spice. Flavor is tart but refreshing. Lemon, acid, grass, yeasty funk, and a medicinal hint all inside. Funky and interesting.
tastybeer (1804) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks for the rec GT. Pour is clear bright gold, white head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of dust, herb, floral, grass, light medicinal, light lemon. Taste is tart, lightly bitter, stone fruit, light medicinal, grass, lemon, light perfume. Palate is dry, higher carbonation, slick, light tart/bitter finish.
JBPortland (964) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle opens with a small gush and pours hazy pale yellow with a couple fingers of foamy head. Nose is lemon, straw, funky pine, citrus, dank wood. Taste is tart orange, peach, lemon, funky barrel, citrus, farm, yeast, straw, hay. Finish is sharp crisp lemon lime funk and tart earthy hay. Really nice.
jayzz (418) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Murky golden bubbly color with a good head, and tart aroma. Light fizzy sour taste, but not too sour and without a bitter finish.
Reynolds314 (2484) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this quite a bit. The cantillon lambic is the major element with lots of dusty lemony yogurt and funk. Sharp acid with a rich spicy saison backbone with some peppery notes and good creamy mouthfeel.
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy golden with a huge lingering white foamy head. Aroma brings out loads of yeast, farmhouse notes, and a little funk from the lambic. Flavour brings out tart dry fruits, Belgian yeast, and considerable funk that leaves a lingering dry tart finish. Extremely complex, yeasty and dry. The lambic addition is very well-done, without stealing the show. Lively carbonation, without being detracting from drinkability.
Ernesto987 (4070) - Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tiny ass genie bottle, awesome saison and barnyard lambic flavors, pretty carbed, awesome stuff
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Oranges, pepper, cloves and lemon pulp ride fiery bubbles in this dry, compelling Sour Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy pale amber.
-This bottle gushed a bit... which isnít surprising considering the high carbonation.
-This is gentler than your average Cantillon, for example.