Travlr (13738) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hopduvel. Cloudy golden yellow color, huge fluffy white head with nice retention and spiderweb lacing. Aroma of dusty grains, meadows, nectarine, qumquat. Taste is grass, scallions, earthy herbs, spice. Very nice.
The_Osprey (2251) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Pale yellow, hazy, small white head. Aroma is plasticky, citrus (lemon), musty malts. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dry and crisp, touch of citrus, quite spicy, medium bitterness.
Habanero (2818) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours hazy golden with an average white head. Aroma of sour oranges, grass, funk, yeast and spicy notes. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry, tart and bitter. Medium bodied, watery texture and soft carbonation. Avery nice Saison.
BlackHaddock (4275) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24th Jan 2015: shared 750ml bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Cheers Fin for this. The beer had been passed around a bit before I got my grubby hands on it, so my misty golden pour and wispy headed sample may have been towards the sediment end of the bottle, so the look was ’iffy’. The taste and aroma of course were intensified by the said sediment and I had a nose full of sour citrusy lemon esters and a tart, yeasty, lemony flavoured drink in front of me that maybe others would have enjoyed more than me: toilet duck came to mind.
tommann (2923) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours very hazy gold with a small head. Aroma is smoky, peppery yeast. Taste has sweet farmhouse yeast. A touch peppery.
imdownthepub (10777) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, sampled at The Cotteridge Convention, many thanks to Fin for this one. Hazy pale yellow with white head. This tasted like a rich man’s Saison, there is the tartish, lemony citric flavour with a bretty yeasty background, but also with rather a sumptuous, bitter lemon hop character with some tangerine thrown in. Very decent indeed.
DanielBrown (3966) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cotteridge Convention 2015. Yes, yes I drank this. Lovely lemony buzz. Dry and condimenty. Nice Saison.
RichTheVillan (3709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; hazy straw yellow pour with a thin white head, aroma has zesty lemon and yeast, taste has sharp citrus, sour action and some funky brett.
Wim (2946) - 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 (2397) - 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 (6430) - 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.