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.
NikkTwist (1886) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Hazy golden orange pour with a large frothy white head. Lots of carbonation. Lasting thick layer of foam - which keeps things creamy. Sour dark amber fruit with a good amount of drying wood tannins. Apricot fuzz. Cherry pineapple. Clementines. Bruised peaches. Medium-light caramels. Honey wheat bread. Duck sauce. Some of the flavors feel more artificial as it warms, but it balance very good.
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is butterscotch and wheat. Medium mouthfeel, light honey,funk, tart finish. good
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!
EdKing (2082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from GBBF 2014. Gushed when opened with a big hollow sounding pop. Light golden amber, touch of haze, lots of effervescent bubble rising up the glass. Soft bubbly large white head. Nose is funky, musty barn, horse blanket, effervescent soda, light urine, lightly sour, light vinegar, pale malt grain, fusty musty grain. Taste is light vinegar sour, light acidic sour, pale malt grain, horse blanket, tangy funky farmyard, soda water. It’s decent. My only complaint would be the body is light and a bit weak.
jbruner (2837) - 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 (1260) - Dorking, 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 (454) - 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 (2476) - 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 (13373) - 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 (5514) - 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.