thinp (21) - Kansas city, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definently the best beer Iíve ever had. Some say that this condintions well and does for the sake of advancing the brett taste, but there is nothing like this beer fresh as it is dry hopped with hallertau, and intergrates so well with the brett botlle conditioning. The nose is what sets this beer apart from every other saison Iíve ever had. Huge banana, dough, grapefruit, citra hit the nose with just enough earth funk entering as well. Taste straight up coresponds the the aroma 100%. Big juicy grapefruit, citrus, banana and pine. These flavors give way the big Brett cream mouthfeel that finally part with that classic saison finish. Wow, some say Ann is a revelation to the saison style, but beer is all I need in the saison arena.
jar72404 (419) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours cloudy orange with thick white head. Aroma is pear, apple, musty, and funk. Flavor is the same. Delicious saison.
joes (66) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2011 vintage). White head, clear (light) golden color. Very nice, soft and rounded aroma. Like Orval, but fruitier and with some (more) pine. Taste is fruity (ripe, yellow fruit), flowers and bret of course. A bit more body and this would be a + 4.5. As an Orval-fan, I say this is a great beer.
meerbier (1197) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@Home. Citrus and funky Brett aroma. Yellow, white head, good lace. Light sweet, citrus, bitter, Brett, bit thin finish. So pleasant, so balanced, so flavourful yet easy going. Wow!
khoffman43 (844) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice bright yellow with some white fluffy head. Aroma is malts and some citrus. Flavor is bready malts with a peppery aftertaste. Nice saison.
mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Falling Rock Tap House for GABF week. The pour is a beautiful light golden color with a huge bright white head that has a lot of lacing power. Great Aroma. Brett dominates but there is also a fruity bready malt note, and a sweetness. The flavor brings more malt and more fruitiness. Brett is there with some funk that melds with a low but noticeable bitterness. Very drinkable and well made beer. Full bodied.
poisoneddwarf (1307) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage, Bottle #11107. Pours clear golden with floating impurities and a huge white soapy head that recedes slowly, leaving patchy lace. Aroma is awesomely bretty; smells lilke dusty old books, lemons, barnyard funk. Taste is sweet and finishes dry and bitter. Highly carbonated with a foamy mouthfeel. Smells better than it tastes, not that it tastes bad. Itís a good beer.
jonas (5041) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 25166. Cloudy yellow, offwhite cream. Pleasant light citric and perfumed aroma, really well balanced fruityness to dryness, great mellow citrus notes, the lightest hint Brett in the flavour. Medium body, good chewyness, mellow mouthfeel. Great understated Saison, would love to try a aged sample some day.
crossovert (4548) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Feb edition.
The pour is a beautiful light golden color witha huge foamy bright white head that has a lot of sticking power. The only detraction is the large amount of floaties. Other wise a perfect-looking bretted golden saison.
The smell is great. Brett dominates but there is also pineapple, bready malt note, and residual sweetness.
The flavor brings more malt and more fruitiness. Brett is there with some funk that melds with a low but noticeable bitterness running through this brew. It is a bit sweet but that helps balance the brett a little. I still will take an orval but this is close.
jackl (2547) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Cheers, Paul! The pourís deep golden amber with a massive white head. The nose is dusty sweet peach, earthy saison yeast, plenty of funky brett and light white grape liqueur. The taste is pillowy marshmallow, mild woody brett, some sweet orange marmalade. Lovely brett and barnyard, rustic flavors. Light, nimble body. This is a wonderfully expressive beer. Overall, pretty fantastic. Highly recommended.