ineedbeer (1218) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moving my review from the Non-Brett beer.
Aroma is a balanced blend of tropical fruit and wine barrel with some light malt character in the background. Could perhaps use some phenolics to balance out the fruitiness, but I think the oak does that fairly well. Appearance is a super clear yellow-gold. Flavor is similar to aroma with tropical fruit, wine and oak dominating. A nice assertive bitterness in the finish helps cleanse the palate. Once again, phenolics are lacking a bit. Perhaps a touch too tannic. Overall a very enjoyable Saison. I am very happy to have discovered this beer when I was in Seattle for NHC. I wish I had brought back more than 3 bottles.
tcon25 (251) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at brewery. Pours like champagne, and smells like a white wine, hit of sour aroma and taste, slight grape and orange taste wood finish.
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle with gold wax, thanks to Nick. Clear gold pour with white head. Winey bretty (Belgian) pale ale comes to mind on the nose. Somewhat floral, lightly tart, cracker/biscuit and some mineral. Light+ body, oily texture, average carbonation.
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at SB. Pours a clear golden color with a very small white head on there. Nose is sour and floral, with a good bit of that saison funk to it. Taste is slightly sour, but very light and fresh. Nice brew. Good summer drink.
ACHops (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from Met Market. Pours pale orangish copper with thin fizzy white head. Aroma is very light malt, juicy apricot, melon, lemon, and tangerine; with lightly floral tart notes throughout. Taste is clean, thin malt body; quite dry. Some of the light fruit notes from the nose, but much more oaky and vinous. Hardly any sour flavors come through in the taste. Clear viognier flavor. Very interesting beer - there’s lots going in here. Not sure it completely comes together, but there’s enough here to overlook that.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden honey colored with lively head. Mild notes of Brett funk, green apple, white grape and lemon in the aroma. Flavor of white wine, citrus rind and toasted grain sweetness with a bit of oak and wild yeast at the end. Medium-boded mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Overall, a solid BA Saison with a subtle Brett presence.
Bulk_Carrier (2711) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I received this in a trade. I poured this into a tulip.
The appearance is a somewhat hazy golden yellow almost orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dies within less than thirty seconds. The lacing is slight and tight clinging differentially in spots around the sides of the glass.
The smell is a blend of vinous materials such as wine grapes up front and tries to add an earthy funky element of some wheat and barley.
The taste is vinous and dry very much like wine. There is no aftertaste and it has a super dry wine-like finish.
On the palate, it sits about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality to it. The carbonation is severely harsh as I can tell its pounding my mouth and tongue into submission.
Overall, this isn’t exactly a good saison. Its more like wine in disguise. It was nice to get it in a trade but no way I’d have this again.
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with Kevin - thanks! Not understanding the mixed reviews on this one - it’s great. Clear orange pour with a small soapy head. White grape and mild apple nose with some yeast, tannins, and slight funk. Fruity taste with some sour funky Brett. So yummy!
andrewje41 (1334) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Pours copper with a nice, tart aroma. A wheaty, slightly sour flavor with a spice finish. A little bland overall, but not too bad. Different. Enjoyable.
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Left4Beer. Pours a thin, dissipating white head atop a clouded gold body. Nose of stinky sweatpants. Strong cider front with tannins. Green apple. Somewhat one dimensional. Okay.