thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle thanks to KTown67) cloudy bright gold-orange with lasting fine offwhite head that lasts. Nose of lambic yeast, funky, tart, bits of bleu cheese, wheat, quite spiced as well. Taste of peppercorns, orange zest that’s slightly bitter, tart, unsweetened cranberries, spices, crisp, aged hops, and more citrus flavors lingering around on the palate. A fantastically complex saison, really neat.
bytemesis (2587) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks KnobbyKnobby! Pours hazy golden butterscotch with a huge off-white head that is slowly disispating with nice, somewhat sticky, lacing. Aroma is funky, barnyard, lemon, yeast, horse blanket - very Cantillon. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet and only a light funk, lemon, floral. Dry finish. Light body, bubbly champagnelike carbonation. Quite nice and easy to drink - kind of like a starter gueuze.
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasty beer here. Like a sour for starter. Its got the umistakeable cantillon lambic oak, vanilla, sour, funk, lemon, herb flavor but also a mellow maltiness, peach, and some light herbal hops.
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at novare res. Notes of potent effervescent rustic pineapple. Lemon kissed grass. Rustic far my funk. Some pleasant dusty cellar peach skins. Dry. Big carbonation. Tasty. Very good. Bottle dated 7 2013, whatever that means.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden straw colour with only the smallest of off white heads. Lots of yeast in the aromas. Very earthy with a little vingar like acidity. Flavours are much the same. Bit disappointed in this one.
JStax (2622) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Pours a lighter copper with a white head of foam. Aroma has a beautifully tart and fruity nuance with some nice apple presence. Tastes like a sweet sourness with a touch of breadyness in the finish. Really nice. Thanks for the bottle lukaduke! This beer is great!
Dodgrblu (563) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.75 Bottle from Hot City Pizza Sourfest, farmhouse aroma, blanket, pleasant sour finish.
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b3shine (4447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster (thanks Danny). Looks good; a semi-transparent orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; tart and funky. Good on the palate too. Nice.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour only produces a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version of the same hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, oxidized malt note to it up front that jumps out compared to the Beersel Mattina that I just had; it is quite the dominant note, and sort of has a metallic, iron like edge to it. Perhaps a hint of tartness, a sort of straw like note, and even a rich, whole grain character is noticeable under the dominant notes, especially as this beer warms up.
The note from the aroma is also in the flavor though not quite as dominant; definitely metallic, iron / blood character, oxidized, nutty malt notes, and a stale beery character are all here, but there is also a soft tartness, some musty notes, and perhaps a hint of musky-animal like character that comes through. A sort of herbal note, that suggests at menthol, notes of stinging nettle, and oxidized herbaceous hop notes. The body here is quite light, but doesn’t approach watery in character.
I definitely would love to see a lot more of these Saison / Lambic blends; they end up working quite well in these “modern” interpretations, and it almost has me wondering how much different these two styles were in a historical sense; regardless, this is quite tasty as well, though I certainly preferred the Beersel Mattina / Morning. The oxidation character here definitely is a bit much for the nose, but in the flavor is not quite so dominant such that it is quite a bit more enjoyable. Definitely an experience in the end.
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle compliments of Keith at a tasring, pours hazy golden with medium head and lace. Notes were heavy brett, muscat grapes, cheese, lemon gueuze, cantillon. Medium in body. Dry, sour finish. Nice and funky offering from del Borgo.