FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.
jbruner (2502) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gushing bottle when opened. Pours a hazy golden orange with bubbly off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of funky must, wood, sweet grain, and phenolic esters. Taste is basically cantillon gueuze to me, which is in no way a bad thing, maybe a bit boozier. Highly carbonated, bubbly and effervescent, definitely more gueuze than saison to me, but freaking awesome.
olliejobbins (952) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle in Delirium cafe. Like their "Re Ale", this was massively discounted to about 4 euros due to being well past its sell by date. Opened it and lost some as it was a bit of a gusher (wahey). Unfortunately I don’t remember too much else as this was probably my 30+th beer of the day and I had just had 750ml of Re Ale. Anyway, i will try it again one day when it’s in date!
dfroms (355) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy deep yellow with small head. Aroma is super sweet tarts, peach, orange, cotton candy, lemon peel. Taste is sweet peach gummis, cotton candy, sour sugar, grains, slight bitterness. Pretty good.
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tim M. Cheesy, light Lambic sourness, funk and fizz. Light sourness, bit of a spritz. Interesting mix. Lychee like?
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The nose holds sweat and slightly rotten lemon. Light sweet flavor with more old lemon, grain, apple, light bready malts. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly sweet to finish with a bit of tart citrus fruits and more sweat. OK overall.
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s, thanks Dina. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aromas of funky yeast and lemon. Taste is tart, sour, light bitter lemon. Finishes crisp, lovely.
BenH (2506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks Dina. Golden with white head. Aroma of lambic funk and white wine. Taste of funky Brett, pineapple, white wine. Dry and tart.
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy yellow, nose is farmyard funk, toffee, taste is dry, sour, funky.
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home .. amber .. thin white lacing ... sofft fruits ... light floral hops ... light floral hops ... zezty dry lemon hop ... juicy fruit ... soft dtry hop... dry zezty fruits ... soft sweet fruits ...
Dr_Fellini (551) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a chunky orange color with a very foamy/fizzy off white head. Aroma is tart, citrus, barnyard funk. Flavor is mildly tart, citric, heavy barnyard. Funk lingers into the finish. Honestly I was expecting more from this beer, but still tasty.