FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head that forms a bit of a varied surface and leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a orange-tinged, straw gold color that shows a clear, orange / pale amber color when held up to the light (I don’t think I have ever seen a beer this exact hue before, it is quite striking). The aroma is quite nice, it is very aromatic, satisfying, even appetizing and it is a nice mix of subtle spices, pale malt and yeast character. The individual components here work together to form a quite harmonious whole, with no components really over-shadowing the other aromas. Notes of sage, hay, lemon zest, orange peel, anise, peppermint, lightly toasted wheat, herbal coriander, . The peppermint note is quite distinctive at times (really more of a toothpaste smell now that I think of it) and very interesting for a beer that does not have this added.
Dry, lightly tart and has a lightly fizzy texture all of which combine with the light body and make this beer quite quaffable. The beer has a nice backbone of spiciness that is distinctive, but not overwhelming; touches of coriander, thyme or perhaps rosemary, lemon grass, sage, mild arugula, a hint of pepper in the finish and that sort of peppermint / toothpaste note is here in the flavor as well, but I am starting to think that it is actually the chamomile that I a tasting (which makes me a bit perplexed with my palate). The malt provides a touch of palate fullness as well as lending flavors of wheat crackers, grassy grain, pale malt. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness that accentuates some fruit notes of pear, aromatic apple, red currant and a touch of plum. Notes of clove, young ginger, a touch of spicy phenolics and the fruitiness seem mostly contributed by the fermentation character.
My second pour of this beer reinvigorates the carbonation, which adds both a touch of carbonic acid as well as a bit more of a peppery bite. This is just a very nicely balanced beer all around; it hits the spiced Saison ideal for me quite well as the spices definitely influence that character of this beer, but are not really individually noticeable and don’t’ detract from the other important characterizations of a quality Saison. Softly awesome, I really wouldn’t have thought so much of this if I had stopped after my first 10oz, but this beer just works quite well and is thoroughly flavorful without being obvious.
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a huge white mostly lasting head and some lacing. Aroma and taste of malts, herbs and pepper. Strong peppery finish.
HenrikSoegaard (11278) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Moderate malty heavy hopy spicey aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Very spicey (pepper, coriander) moderate bitter flavor. Long wonderfull pepper-finish. Creamy palate. Great stuff.
saxo (14457) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Torben Matthews tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt, hops, herbs, yeast and lots of pepper. Long peppery finish.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber orange with a foamy white head. Spicy aroma with hints of pepper, flower petals and citrus peel. Very quaffable with a spicy citrus character. Crisp and smooth up front with a spicy peppery dry hop finish. Very interesting beer with a mix of citrus, floral and hot peppers.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a largish, white heead and a hazy golden body. The head sticks around quite well. Aroma of light pear, a sweet note, ginger, honeysuckle, chamomile, and pepper corns. Taste has strong lavander, and peper corns with ginger towards the finish. Quite dry tasting. Dry mouthfeel with light carbonation and a slight pepper astringency.
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky yellow pour with a thin white head. interesting nose of peppers. bold yeasty flavors with some spices and an easy finish.
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Italian Tasting at FOF, Gyngen, Aarhus, DK
Amber with white head. Aroma of flora and sour fruit - bubblegum. Flavor complex of special malts and spices: Pepper and berries.
thewolf (11383) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 Bottle. [thanks to the Italian guys!]
Pours a great amber golden with a fine, frothy, staying, white head. Aroma is peppery at first, then some sweet herbal notes. Both ginger and chamomile is clearly discernible. Very nice, frothy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet at first, good maltiness. Then the sweetish chamomile takes over lending a more spicy feel to the overall experience. Both the yeast and the green pepper takes over at the end, finishing lightly sharp. Very fresh, very different and very nice. 7/4/9/4/16 = 4.0
Second rating @ YNWA, Kolding.
Wow... it blew me away this time. Hazy yellow with an impressive creamy white head. Sweet aroma, light honey, camomille and pepper. Low carbonation and super oily mouthfeel. Flavours include flowers, malty sweetness, dry hoppy and spicy finish. Pepper, vanilla, tulips and honey. Long lingering aftertaste! Great!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Nuova Mattina
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: hazy yellow, fine white head, sudsy lacy,
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma with a touch of soap,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: sweet and peppery flavor, light bitterness from the spices,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 11/20