FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft, steady pour produces a ˝-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of light, not quite faint, lactic acid, funky phenolics & musk, perhaps a hint of citrus, lots of dried-grass / hay like graininess, a touch of medicinal notes.
Nicely tart tasting, it manages to have a bite without being overly sour. There is a spicy, bitter, sort of herbal bite to the finish that melds with a rounded, pale malt and grassy grain character. There is a certain lemon like character to the acidity towards the finish, this seems like a departure from a typical Lambic contribution. Light bodied and quaffable, but it has a soft creamy texture to it, despite having some prickly effervescence; light but with some palate presence. Earthy spice notes mix with hay / straw like grain notes to produce something that I imagine to be a dried field of weeds / wildflowers. Hints of medicinal notes (both herbal and Lambic in character), some lightly musky notes, and a definite mustiness come out more as the beer warms up.
A really nice blend of Saison and Lambic; this plays out as such as well, with noticeable components of each; I like the soft herbal affects, and the Lambic notes certainly bring a lot to the profile of this beer.
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa. Pours very hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is massive 3F Gueze upfront, barnyard, cobwebs, musty cellar, tart fruits, citrus. Flavor is light sweet and over moderate acidic. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
TimE (3191) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy white yellow color. Frothy white head. The nose is moderately tat with citrus, leather and oak notes. The mouth is medium body, acidic, but perfectly balanced with a decent malt back bone. Fairly agressove sour finish with oak and leather persisting. Excellent stuff.
kraddel (3135) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thnx to Geus .
Pours unclear yellow, small white head
Smell is funky, sweaty .
Taste is sour , grainy , bit bitter, very high carbo . OK
DuffMan (6752) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014. Hazy orange, briskly carbonated generating a lively white head. Aroma of unripened berries, light rubber. Moderately sour and quite funky, again unripened berries come to mind, earthy/rustic character. Lighter body, quenching. Very nice.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Musty lambic drives this brew to citric splashes, as herbs and hops attempt to make room for themselves.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam settles atop the cloudy beige.
-Even though the percentage of lambic in this blend is much lower than that of the Saison, I felt like the Saison was easily overtaken aroma and flavour wise.
-The prickly, small bubbles could be softer to increase drinkability.
-Funk and sourness are rather loud throughout.
On tap at Ma Che Siete, Roma.
gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared at Kulminator. Pours light hazy yellow with a fine white head. The nose is very subtle 3 Fonteinen lambic funk, sour apples, tads of white pepper. The taste has no lambic trace whatsoever, making the saison overtake everything. Pity that the 3 Fonteinen name is used in this way.
olsvammel (3066) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa. Sour smell with grape and grass. Fruity taste, acidic but not overy sour. Refreshing.
Ferris (4254) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Perfume and medicinal, almost like a heat rub. Cloudy brown with a bubbly head. Light stone fruits and tart medicinal herbs. Nice.
dfearnley (970) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14
Lemon, mint, orange, lavender and lemon. Cloudy amber with a thin creamy head. Taste is orange, grapefruit, lemon, and sweet tarts.
kbudd19 (600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at RBAG. Cloudy yellow pour, nice finger of white head. Aroma is grape must, Brett funk, and some juicy fruitiness. Taste is mild tartness front, a bit of sour funk, light carbonation with a semi dry finish.