Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed brought gold after a bit of yeast disturbance; abundant, cascading foam, even with great care. Fresh meadow and cutting herbal nose, with softening stone fruit moments and a persistent lacquer of alcohol. White peppercorns, lavender, green banana also present. Minor phenols to round out a prototypical high booze brett aroma.
Blanched almonds provide a creamy, sweet flavor that balances the generally angular, funky disposition here. Bretty dry cherry and pineapple acid and gruyere like funk are always lingering. Alcohol character is slightly obese. Finishing flavors are soap-like, floral and medicinal driven. A fiery, acidic, wooden JP like impression is foundational here.
The careful pour initially yielded a mountainous rocky foam, and throughout, the palate seems to shift course several times perhaps owing to that issue. It is initially tense and thin, but with a bit of time and yeast pour livens with carbonation, zest, and depth; the final impression is somewhat washy and stretched out. The life drained more quickly from this than from the many stellar tap versions I’ve had.
dfearnley (1078) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Wheat, lemongrass, yeast, barnyard funk, daffodil. Pours a light clear amber with a voluminous white frothy head leaving loads of lacing and beer on my counter. Taste is pepper, grains, yeast, bubble gum, and green grapes.
zizzybalubba (1501) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Tasty Beverage, Raleigh, NC (March 2013 bottle). HUGE foamy off-white head. Pours yellowish-orange. Aroma of lemon zest and hay. Taste features citrus, leather, Earth, and white pepper. Slightly bitter finish but not unpleasant. The brettanomyces does not add the expected sourness one might hope for but this is still a nicely done saison.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"yee-haw. Dry, funky brett aroma, hops, light spice. Flavor and feel awesome too. Barn, a little sweet and sour, crisp hop bite, super dry finish. Loved this beer!"
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 - Drank on 9/12/14. Pours hazy yellow with a HUGE head. It took me about 10 minutes to pour the bomber into two glasses because I had to keep letting the head subside. That said, the smell is like Tank 7 with a little band-aid barnyard funk. Taste is same. Mouthfeel is medium but creamy, coats the mouth. I got another bottle, will re-rate when I open it in a year.
ACHops (759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Burgundian for Brettfest. Pours pale yellowish golden with thin lacy white head. Aroma is dry lightly tart and sweet malt - amazing. Taste is clean dry light malt, a bit of residual tartness on the finish. Lingers quite dry. A nice twist on Tank 7 - much drier and with a pleasant but light tartness. Like Tank 7, big abv is well hidden. Liked this a bunch, am regretting passing up some bottles when I saw them.
GenDV138 (1789) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes, consumed 8/16/2013. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 release. Hazy straw yellow with 4-5 fingers of off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of earthy notes, Brett, citrus. Tastes of subtle tart and tangy notes, citrus, earthy notes, Brett, funk, yeast. Medium body with a dry finish.
daleharshman (933) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased a little over a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($14.99). Bottle opens with a loud pop and a little bit of gushing. Pours a hazy yellow-amber hue with huge white head composed of what seems like quite large bubbles and good retention. AROMA of damp basement, honey-bready malts, tart lemon, floral hops, pepper and dry spice, with some additional funky brett on the end. FLAVOR of earthy-bready malts, light citrus, honeysuckle, green apple, a bit of bretty funk, and a nice peppery tang. Dry finish and the active carbonation adds to the experience. The rather high ABV (for the style) is completely concealed here. Great saison...I like that the brett is certainly present but restrained throughout. (879, 904)
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a pale golden with a decent sized eggshell head that settles and leaves a thick, intricate wall of lace. Nose involves that earthy, barnyardy brett funk along with a light touch of apple and zesty spice. Lightly sweet, fairly tart, and fairly bitter. Lighter bodied, active, somewhat oily, with a zesty yeasty dry finish. Really awesome to run into this on draft since I’ve always wanted to try it. Might just have to grab a bottle. Great example of the style with the brett twist.
Xenon (99) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A world of difference from the Tank 7, which I found good but not great. This is something special that I enjoyed a lot. Head for days and lace that will never fade... Super thick. Murky but not sedimented. Having the dank with the saison yeast is something really special to me. I am not used to that dry hop character in a saison normally, but it fits so well with this beer. Definitely worth the hype. One of my new favorites.