Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with medium white foamy head.
Aroma : Spicy and yeasty nose with malt and herbal hops. Yeasty esters with some wheat maybe. Rich malt and yeast.
Taste : Yeasty esters with malt and herbal hops. Some spices. Dry finish spices and yeast. Malt on finish. Late finish has yeast and malt. Light earthy notes on the finish.
Palate : Lively carbonation. Rich body with dry and rather crisp finish.
Overall : Very nice saison. Nice spices with the nice typical saison yeasty profile. Nice dry finish. Classic indeed, very well made. Complex and engaging. Nothing really special but a solid and faithful example of the style.
Lukaduke (1497) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep hazy orange brown color with a big frothy eggshell foam. Aromas of doughy bread, fruity yeast, roasted grain, floral honey and rotten apples. The palate is rich but refreshing, nice clean complex flavor profile... Doughy citrus, honeyed sweetness, fruity yeast esters, tart apple, rustic grain... really nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Steve_0 (1931) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pour is hazy orange with a one-finger, long-lasting white head. Yeasty, grassy, somewhat chalky aroma - light funk, straw, earthy, fruity, and doughy. Taste is easy-drinking, grassy, fruity, light banana, white pepper, green apples, Belgian yeast, clove, and coriander with a lightly spicy finish. Medium body with huge carbonation. Pretty tasty - very reminiscent of a Tripel.
tastybeer (1490) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark orange pour, hazy, some retention/lace. Aroma of fruity ester, lemon, light floral notes, light spice. Taste is sweet, light to moderate grassy/floral bitternerss. Palate is dry, lightly oily, somewhat bitter finish. Closer to tripel than saison.
mathieuc (724) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden with a big white head that settles into a nice blanket over a lively carbonated beer. Aroma is kind of classic, with grassy notes and a general hay feeling... like the fields during harvests time, really. Taste-wise it is pretty dry, with a really light sourness and no real bitterness to speak of. Body is on the light side, to good effect as I think that saisons should never be hard to drink in large quantities. It is not quite watery, but it’s coming close I think (and again, not in a bad way). Overall a really nice product, one that would do well on a hot summer afternoon on the deck.
lefossoyeur (394) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper blonde with a big white head, fading, leaving a thin veil. Aromas are a bit muted, but some belgian doughy yeast emerge. Light to medium body, intensely carbonated, tartness growing rapidly to create a great tart fruity palate. Very tasty, fresh, finishing on a more classic saison yeast signature and a mineral water note. This beer grows on me with every sip. Very good, the 8 degree of alcohol are never a bother here. Really classy strong saison.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL c&c from Total Wine VA Beach. Pours a clear, deep golden orange, billowing/volcanic white head has ridiculous retention and ice cream scoop retention. Huge clouds of lacing. Nose is apple pie, sweeter Tripel like esters, more akin to La Chouffe yeast, fresh lemon, something metallic like copper penny. Taste is denser, some Tripel like booziness, sweet apple, and white alcohol. Chalk, mint, typically Belgian yeast centric with candi sugar. Cinnamon schnapps, apple strudel. It’s good, but it is not the "saison" I’ve grown to love. This is higher abv, more dessert like, and similar to Abbey Tripel. Has a lot in common with Dupont Avec les bon Voeux. It’s good, but not really in the same category of the top American saison rivalry breweries like Upright, Tired Hands, Hill Farmstead. Perhaps this could be billed as holiday saison.
RABinVA (995) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
C&C’d bottle. Pours hazy gold with a big pillow of white head. Nice sweet tart aroma. Taste is a bit cloying sweet. Sticky, yeasty, funky. Taste would do well with a bit more tartness.
_angst_ (2093) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle bought @ beerplanet.be. Gusher! Pours hazy amberish golden with a huge frothy and bubbly goldenish white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a sticky trace on the glass. Smell is malty, fruity and slightly funky with cereal, hay, cloves, white pepper, barnyard, dry wood, lemon zest, red wine and hints of dried tropical fruits. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and tiny fruity with crackers, cereal, hay, bread, barnyard, dark grapes, overripe plums, dry peppery yeast, dry wood and hints of canned pears. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, tiny tart, round, slightly champagne-like and medium bodied. Finish is dry, tiny fruity and slightly spicy with crackers, dry wood, grapes, plums, lemon zest, cereal, hay and canned mandarin oranges. A great balanced and subtly funky beer..
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
Gusher! The beer is a very hazy yellow, nearly filling the glass with fluffy white head. The aroma is fruity, with some yeast, malt, and spice notes. No funk presence. Lacks the complexity of a Fantôme beer, but still enjoyable. Medium bodied, pretty light on the palate. Overall, pretty good. Easy to drink. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-12-2011