bartlebier (1480) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Backlog ZBF 2013, ZO 28). ¿Bottle? One of the day’s more simply standout brews in the still understated undercategory of US-dryhopped BE saisons (cf. Jandrain, De la Senne). Spelt-dry hayish malts lay a fine, yeast-chalky base for the Amarillo citrus rinds to liven and freshen up. Subtle balance between exotic bitterness and the majestic dust of the terroir. Hinting at my ideal sessioning beer. More saisons like this with broader distribution please, quick.
VsXsV (2140) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy hay yellow liquid with medium white head. Aroma of white pepper, tangerine, bubblegum, bread, grain and banana. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of white pepper, tangerine, bread and bubblegum. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.
daniele (5172) - ITALY - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden cloudy good head citrus citric yeasty cereal soapy medium high bitterness good dryness hint citric hint spice
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 7K/5K. Pours yellow gold with white head. Nose/taste of spelt/grain, white sugar, lemongrass, spicy yeast and hoppy pine. Medium body.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed golden hue with a massive white head. Aromas show an initial reason to not send bottles long distances in green glass. Light struck (a bit), funky, grassy, peppery, tangerine, a bit carbonic. Some spicy notes, yeast phenols, coriander, grassy. Flavors are dry, peppery, delicious yeast character, dried apricot and white pepper. Floral, lightly candied orange rind. Lively carbonation, crisp, dry. Very nice to drink other than the light struck character. Better than expected.
jredmond (5194) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought to clockworks. Pours a bright hazy golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is super dry yeast, lemon, grass and wheat. Mouthfeel is really dry with notes of yeast, lemongrass and light sourdough. Nice super dry saison.
Dogbrick (7570) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a thick and fluffy white head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of funky citrus, hay and grainy malt. Light to medium body with flavors of herbal yeast, citrusy hops and bready malt. The finish is floral with a peppery yeast and hops aftertaste. Good beer all around.
Beerman6686 (4167) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a hazy yellow color with a wite head. Aroma was of light spices, grassy, fruity notes. Falvor was similar, yeast, pale malt, grassy and rustic. Pretty solid saison.
ineedbeer (617) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle.
Aroma is mostly yeast driven with citrus, especially lemon but also some overripe stone fruit and pear. Moderate bread notes with some phenolic notes of white pepper, lemongrass and cilantro. I don’t really get a strong Amarillo kick in the aroma.
Pours a fairly cloudy, pale, yellow-gold with a big pillowy white head that had really good retention. High lacing with faint legs.
Flavor has a light tartness to it with some sweet stone fruit and citrus fruit notes upfront. Mid palate you pick up the phenolic notes and malt character - bread, coriander and lemongrass. Metallic, hard water quality that you can taste in the beer. Medium bitterness that dries out the taste and lingers along with some lemongrass and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice Saison, but I don’t pick up much of the Amarillo character. Instead I get a ton of citrus and phenolics from the yeast along with some mineral notes from the water.
Tide (1636) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at bar. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, mango, hops, earthy notes, grass and resin. Bitter finish with hops, citrus and mango. Excellent saison.