corkyrory66 (890) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bière de la brasserie de Blaugies, une habituée des contrastes saisissants entre ses bières.
Celle-ci est dans les hautes sphères du brassage, un véritable fleuron de ce genre des saisons,
toujours difficile à appréhender, mais lorsque vous tombez sur un exemplaire comme cette bière,
alors vous êtes récompensé de beaucoup de recherches dans ce genre qui est parfois décevant.
Bouteille de 75 cl titrant 6 % abv, à l’étiquette toujours rustique, comme la maison peut les faire.
Ici un meunier appuyé sur son sac de céréale, peut-être de l’épeautre..., qui est une céréale antique
très méritante pour la bière.
Couleur jaune paille, avec un tout léger voile, bien à sa place ici.
Bulles extraordinaires par milliers en une fontaine gigantesque au centre du verre, un véritable
Mousse blanche très haute à gros flocons, et un rien collante aux parois.
Arômes de céréales, épeautre, balle de blé, fût en cave.
1ère bouche soyeuse, avec une grande douceur de céréale et un goût de paille sèche.
2ème bouche avec un fruité léger, abricot, pomme, brugnon.
3ème bouche avec un petit parfum de fruits secs, des noisettes.
Longueur d’une très grande finesse, aux nombreuses nuances.
Alcool très bien, très correct pour une saison (et puis nous avons 75 cl …).
Levure construite, douce, complexe, splendide.
Finale avec une grande tenue de la douceur, une finale qui va en montant, de toute beauté,
et avec une fine aigreur qui n’est pas sans rappeler l’Orval.
Conclusion : la brasserie nous avait déjà obligé à faire allusion à l’Orval lors de la critique
de sa Moneuse, on recommence ici … Quelle belle habitude !!! Une vraie grande bière, aux
mérites immenses, qui mérite la plus haute note, et qui dore le blason des saisons … Bravo.
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 2003 (I assume) 750mL bottle. Surprised this brewery’s beers arent rated higher. Pours a hazy, soft fuzzy yellow, with some light whitish greens and some deeper golds swirling around in there. Tons and tons of vigorous white head pour forth from the bottle and perch atop the beer. Aroma of wheat (I guess it would be the spelt), some grassy herbal notes (light mint, thyme, grass concoction). A hint of some fruitiness, quite dry, more like dry pears. Plenty of spicy yeastiness. Flavor is soft, surprisingly, quite dry and earthy, with tons of chewy wheat, lightly peppery yeast on the finish and a pleasing bitterness, just enough to provide some variety in the palate. This stuff drinks like water after you’ve let it breath for a good hour or so (or overnight in my case). Very hydrating and drinkable!! Utmost quality from blaugies, and I’m really excited to try the rest of their beers.
2004 bottles drunk over the course of 8 years ending 2012
Wow this stuff is sublime. Perfect yeastiness. Cellar notes of mustiness, leather, lightly cheesy and bits of vinous sourness. Almost like fermented wheat meal in the flavor. But that’s just a subtlety. The main force of the beer is dry, peppery phenols, lime-like bitterness from the hops and probably one of the most creamy, tight carbonations and supple texture of any beer I’ve ever had. I’m sad I drank these all. Though the recent Vermentoise I had was reminiscent. Blaugies is the F-in best. Rating is currently based on this vintage.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just barely untwisted the wire cap and the wire snapped, hesitated about a half second then went flying across the room with a loud POP- cork and cap together. Slight foaming but nothing rediculous. Pours a massive slightly off white head- probably the closest thing I have seen to a duvel head. The spelt’s massive amounts of protiens must contribute to the gigantic head. Very hazy light gold color with a fair amount of yeasties and other particles. Leaves a massive thick curtain of lace around the entire glass. Aroma is initially wild yeasty, but not too much on the barnyard side- although later on it appears on the tongue. Moderately spicy, moderate to high phenolic, yet no clove or vanilla. Some orange notes, coriander, light pepper, and smooth sweet wheat notes. Very light salty aromas as well blend well with the light spicing. That traditional saison yeastiness similar to dupont but even more extreme. The yeast strain on this beer must be very robust as it is able to take this beer down to 1.002 from 1.048 according to Markowski. The flavor is initially spicy with a lot of wheat (33%) good phenolics, some orange fruitiness and lots of yeast. Towards the middle and end the hay/barnyard and leather come into play, but not nearly as much as brett. adds. This wild yeast is much smoother and not as intense yet very apparent. Nice finish, and despite its rediculously low gravity, this beer ends up tasting extremely smooth, and dry, but the dry side is masked by the high protien content again and actually makes for an enjoyable finish. As it warms up to room temp the finish gets slightly washed out and the overall drinkability goes down. Best served slightly chilled. I loved this beer. And at $6.25 a 750 you can be sure Im going back to buy at least 3 more bottles.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy yellow-gold with massive, flotsam, fine-bubble white head, fine lacing / Elegant, complex, dry nose of grain (spelt), biscuit, fruit (orchard, citrus, tropical), lots of funk / Light to medium body, more sweetness and fruitiness than nose would indicate, good hoppy balance, with lightly bitter finish / Flavors of pear, passion fruit, apple, lemon, splet (remarkably delicious), sorghum, coriander, light horse blanket / Absolutely fabulous.
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light yellow, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard), moderately hoppy (flowers, grass, lemon), lightly malty (light bread, toasted grain), with notes of grape, pear, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Terrific farmhouse aromas, quick/refreshing tartness complements the flavor balance wonderfully, very classy and clean. A seemingly effortless masterpiece, IMHO. The aroma conjures a nomadic fireside layover in the country at night with a loyal dog at your side dozing under an inky sky littered with stars. This is the sort of brewery I would love to visit.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle (at least 2 years old): as soon as the cage was lifted, the cork actually removed itself, no overflow, but bubbles quickly began to form and fill the neck. Crystal clear lemon gold with an enormously thick, creamy white foam on top. Sweet limestone and chalky barnyard aroma combine with wonderful leather and rose petal notes in a quiet, but understated effervescence. Soft, yet strongly carbonated palate – full flavours and everything that you can dream of for a Saison: complex peach fuzz, fresh straw, dry earth, sweet floral notes, a taste of perfume, sticky honey. A true work of art, genius…if I can be so bold.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 In short: A very dry, very wild and tart Saison. Very refreshing and very complex. Fantastic.
How: Bottle 750ml. Many many times. Usually as fresh as possible.
The look: Cloudy yellow body with an initially large white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very barnyard with fruity notes of pineapples, pears, and more. The body is full and foamy and also very yeasty. Carbonation is pleasantly over the top which really works with this beer. Taste is hay, cheesy yeast, lemon, dried pineapples, dust, and so much more. Dry mouthfeel with a dusty/sandy feeling. An overall true rustic and wild sensation. This is a beer that bridges the gap between a true wild rustic Belgian Saison and a refreshing Belgian Witbier. This beer like my cousin Louis has a dual personality disorder.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cold pour throws up its arms in a fuming fashion pushing foamy suds to the brink of my goblet where it rests as if a sleeper in slow motion. Lacing is sticky and fluffy w/ strong aromatics perfuming the whole room. This is a class act people. I can smell vanilla cream, citrus, tropicals, milky spice, and a bit of sulpher. The color is a bright creamy yellow almost casting off a light of it’s own. Medium nectar w/ expansive effers on the palate. Crisp and malty, bright and refreshing w/ a defined gunsmoke thing going on. The flavors really follow the aroma to a T. Theres a nice skunky bittering component on the finish. It’s delicate yet very complex.
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 bottle-conditioned 750ml, date unknown. early pour is mostly clear gold with a fine off-white head. mildly sweet honey / simple syrup sugar in the nose with a baked biscuit and just-toasted grain malt character and a soft, floral and soap-like yeast; dandelion and apricot esters with a mild touch of buttered bread. highly effervescent; medium sweetness; medium to heavy bitterness, especially late; medium prickly acid. mild flavor throughout, similar to the smell but with more of the buttered, baked biscuit malt and less of the apricot / floral yeast. there’s a sharp pineapple acidity that’s just metallic enough to suggest ethyl butyrate. overall a bit rough texture-wise, and a bit stale, but the nose is quite nice and improves as the beer warms and opens.
July 2014 from tap and bottle at the brewery in Blaugies. Phenolic, mineral-heavy, floral and lemon-y and gassy. Dry and bitter with juicy hops and strong carbonic acid. Long finish of hat, dried grass, baked cracker Pilsner malt.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy banana liquid. Dirty white, well retained foam. Soft, musty, mineral laced aroma. Beautiful leather notes, fresh flowers, light doughy traces, wood, pear, earth, iron, peppery whispers, vanilla, and feathery cracked barley notes. Light prickly effervescence coupled with an elegant fluffy dryness. Textbook Saison flavors with lots of complexity: Peach notes accompanied by white grape, mild coconut, lemon zest, and light nuttiness. Light herbal flavors followed by a touch of honey sweetness. Finishes with finesse: Dry and very appetizing like a Saison should be. Arguably the best/most authentic Saison I've had. Only if it had been a bit tangier. I love the fact that this masterful, artisinal brewery is located in a small garage.