bowtiebeer (3) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly bitter with a touch of wet hay. Does that sound bad? Itís actually quite refreshing with a touch of complexity.
codfishh (16) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lemons and grass on the nose, peppery dry malt flavor. Medium high carbonation, finish is very dry. This is everything Iíd want in a saison.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Etre Gourmet, bought in March 2013.
Clear golden with a huge, fluffy white head. Aroma and taste of citrus, hay, some light funk, yeast, lemon and some lime peel. Fairly soft mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very refreshing and nicely drinkable.
BeerBaboon (1451) - FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with white, frothy head. Aroma is earthy, barnyard, flowers, straw. Flavour is light to medium bitter, earthy, straw and light sweet.
bwyu (18) - - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge head. Tropical and pear and spice in aroma and flavor. Bone dry with crisp thin finish. Wouldnít have guessed that this was brewed with Amarillo. Very crisp noble hop character to me. Great saison. Like foret but much drier.
toxichop (273) - South Gate, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Hazy gold with a huge head. S: Just like a classic saison. Wheat, spices, yeast, banyard funk, earthy and lemony. Nothing weird or anything its just seductive and complex. T: Whoa, lots of spices, earthy, herbs, wheat, lemony with semi-bitterness. M: Light with high carbonation which makes it a bit hard to get in depth with this one. O: Just a good saison.
ClarkVV (3757) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Armsby Abbey, 2/8/14 and draught at Deep Ellum, 2/10/14
Perfect Blaugies-esque pour leaves a thick, white head on top that is retained throughout, with high clarity and plentiful carbonation. Drab bronze color to the beer.
Lime-zest and very slight band-aid phenols in the nose, with a touch of cheesiness and leather. Yep, this is Blaugies. Absolutely divine and itís good to see they havent changed for the worse. I havent really had much of their stuff since ca. 2006, or rather, much new stuff. Iíve been drinking the 2004 Saison díepautre and itís absolutely stunning, even at 8 years of age.
This is very similar, in the yeast and malt profile especially, though this one has a bit of a candy-like/powdered sugar sweetness that was the only drawback I found. The hops are certainly more aggressive here than in a classic Blaugies, but still reserved and enjoyable, with very light lime-like citrus, deep, lush and juicy, leaving floral aromatics on the nose and in the mouth. Perfectly carbonated to break up the medium body, with a supple texture. Canít get enough of these guys. As far as house yeast character goes, they have to be top 5 in the world. Awesome.
devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 On tap at maxs. Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is Belgian spices with citrus and pine. Taste is crisp and dry with a bitter spicy finish
snoworsummer (1491) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Maxís Belgian Beer Festival. Pours hazy gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like dry, grassy, floral, hoppy notes. Light body and blow carbonation. Smells like bready floral yeast.
sonnycheeba (2955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Maxís. Pours mostly clear yellowish gold with fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, light citrus, light herbs, light toast, and some grassiness. Flavor is dry malts, toast, grassy notes, light herbs, and some floral notes; dry finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.