drowland (6257) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled during CBC 2013. Hazy golden pour with a nice off-white head. Lightly funky aroma, farmhouse yeast, spicy and estery, dry and fruity, some doughy raw grain character. Nice flavor, fruity and dry, a touch of spice and banana, lemon, light funk, doughy pale malts and wheat. Tasty.
Wim (2941) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
along with Yves at my home 0.75L bottle of sparkling golden blond colored body with a white head and a spicy yeast citrus hop aroma a spicy hops yeast dry bitter taste with a bitter finish
Yves (2391) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with wim at wim’s place. Slightly hazy blond colored beer with medium white head and medium carbonation. Herby cooked vegetable aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is herby spiced ending a bit bitter dry.
Ernest (6418) - 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.
ksiwzos (48) - GREECE - JAN 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Belgian e-shop
Hazy very light color with big white head, lasting and lacing. Aroma is amazing and very intense. Very hoppy but very funky too, strange but amazing combination. Very spicy, tropical fruity, flowers and meadows. Flavor is hay, very hoppy-grassy, some general and indefinite funkiness, light tartness, light to moderate bitterness. Medium bodied for such a dry beer, light to medium carbonation.
One of the best funky examples of a saison, hoppy, funky and amazing.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014. I brought this bottle to the festival. Purchased in Portland, Maine in June, 2014. Opaque yellow color and a substantial white head. Dry aroma, brett yeast, grass and flowers. Flavor has more yeast, capers, dry malt and dry, bitter hops. This is an excellent saison.
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
botella. @Cimmeria ................................................. Oviedo 16/01/2014
Lowenbrau (2339) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 16-01-2015.
BBD: not found, supposed to be fresh.
In short :citrusy funky ale.
Pours hazy bright gold with frothy white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Citrusy, fruity, tart aromas. Light body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is quite citrusy, some tart, zesty, fruity. Ends dry and some tart. Quite refreshing and enjoyable.
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear pale straw color with huge white head. Funky aroma with some lemon, grass, and bread dough. Funky, grassy, and doughy flavors with light grains. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
Gription79 (2378) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Mikkeller bar. spicy, fruity, dry, astringent, tropical fruits/mango, firm bitterness. Solid
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