ZShelt (7) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfection in a glass. No one does this except for Shaun. Such a nice beer.
matt7215 (2243) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle shared by jsprime. Hazy golden with a white head. Basically the perfect rustic funky dry saison. Really a stunningly simple yet elegant beer. I wish I could drink this everyday. Thx Jeff.
codfishh (118) - 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 I’d want in a saison.
SrSilliGose (3274) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 bottle. pours a hazed dark orange with a soft, lasting dirty white head. aroma of pleasant old world rustic farm and grass. lemongrass. sourdough bread. green grapes. nice. taste is bitter grassy hops. bright dry lemon kissed cracker malts. fresh herbs. when served cold, bitter grass takes away from budlight drinkability score. fortunately, hop bitterness comes much more into balance as the beer rises in temperature from rocky mountain cold to cool. quite dry. nice rustic grassy saison. see a lot of others mention skunkiness, but this does not seem skunky to me. did my best to not let the green bottle touch sunlight prior to consuming, but difficult to know the path of a beer from being bottled to ending up in a home refrigerator. pretty nice rustic grassy saison. neat beer. fun to try. does some decent chest, bicep, ab workouts as far as i can tell. curious how lenincat would tick it.
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consumed another bottle in july 2012. hoppy astringent bitterness has subsided. quite nice balance. great dry rustic saison. really good JUST NOW, not as good before, will not be as good in the future. hops just right just now. drink the beer! BREAK BREAK BREEAK. seems to be a lot of bottle to bottle variation on this one. some are quite grassy and bitter, some seem somewhat skunked, some are really nice rustic dry saisons. who knows. BREAK. These bottles getting better and better. A bit too much bitter rustic grass early on. Now just about perfect balance. Beer lifts so much.
erickok (3879) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Golden body and stable head. Very farmy, rich light malts, cereal, classically hopped. Great mouthfeel, bitter enough, very satisfying. Great French style brew, fulfilling body. Try it! (75cl bottle shared with Alex and Dodo)
malrubius (1897) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at reservoir. Pale golden with head and lace. Very complex spicy citrus grassy hay floral aroma. Mild spicy mango peach fruity sweetness with spicy herbal fresh complex grassy medium peppery dry bitternes. Highly attenuated medium light body with fine carbo. I have had heady and abner tonight and this is better. Outfuckingstanding.
Ysok02 (58) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une bière superbe avec un nez d’une rare fraîcheur et d’une incroyable complexité, des arômes de citron, de levures, d’épices, de houblon frais et une bouche digeste, équilibrée, harmonieuse. Un régal
Ernest (6417) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain / bread crust), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, grass, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of pepper, sulfur (not skunk), gum, lemon peel, hay, minerals. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Exactly what a saison should be. Very much in the Saison Dupont mold, just as the regular Blaugies d’Epeautre is, but this is even more similar due to the higher hop presence (in both aroma and bitterness). Tremendous depth and balance, like Dupont itself in a good year. I hate the green bottles, though, really shameful for a hoppy beer like this...I found a few bottles in a back room of the store that were in the dark, but assuredly most samples of this beer will be badly skunked. As with Saison Dupont, I would generally not buy this at all unless I could get a full closed-box case or buy singles from a retailer that kept them in the dark (which is very rare). When will brewers stop using green glass for hoppy beers??? That gripe aside, this is pretty much a world-beater right here...somewhat geared to New World tastes, but without resorting to resinous hops or superfluous spices or high alcohol or anything else a modern saison doesn’t need. It’s gems like this that make trying all the other terrible-to-mediocre beers in the world worth it.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Archetypal cloudy golden pour with an enormous rocky white head. Fruity, juicy orange, mandarine, floral hops are the first aroma trait I notice, but the rustic, earthy, spicy usual Blaugies yeast is not far behind and potentially ahead. The house character is all there, the liberal, borderline exagerated carbonation uplifting the acidity and refreshment as well. The hops focus probably fortunately on floral and citrusy aromatics rather than resinous, rough bitterness. There is still a good chunk of bitterness to the finish, but it is not to an exuberant IPA level. A good fusion offering with authentic rustic character and not overstated American hops.
dandeman (565) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Charles at Broue Ha ha in Gatineau.
Aroma is mainly spices and yeast with banana. clove, cinnamon, orange and tropical fruits. Superbe olfactif complexe.
Appearance: Pale blond, yellowish, slightly hazy, with an enormous foamy head lasting for a long time. Not a lot of lacing though.
Taste: Spring field freshness attack with a lot of herbs, flowers and hop mix close to perfection. Malt provides a good sugar basis with some honey flavor. Bitterness is botanical with fresh herbs, flowers such as rose water. Texture is thin, sparkling is active, balance is perfect.
Une superbe bière rafraichissante, qui sent le printemps et qui rappelles la fraicheur des herbes champêtres.