murran (44) - - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a yellowish body with a giant head. Hop flavours with a smoother and really nice taste.
VTHopHead (1490) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 version... As if a quality Saison wasn’t enough... the addition of the brettanomyces puts this mildly sour beer over the top... simply awesome...
harrymel (1432) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I held onto a bottle from ’09 to compare with a freshy ’11. Thanks John for making this happen.
Grades are based on the newer/fresher bottle
So, the beer is a straw yellow ale which appears to develop some haziness over time (possibly pour technique yielded the cloudiness). There are at least three fingers per pour, and at times overflowing for both years. Evidently carbonated, the ’09 turned completely to foam on my first sip; subsequent sips were not as explosive. The nose on the elder was earthy, subtly sour and grainy: meh. The youth lacked the brett action provided it’s lack of maturity, and was sweet, earthy, grassy and pleasant. Flavor wise, the elder of the two had picked up sooo much brett character, I couldn’t get past it (dry, baking soda, bitter, hollow); this is a similar experience to my aged Orval experiences: just not for me. The ’11 was really pleasant and highlighted the yeast and hops in the beer. Really noble and rustic. Finish on the old one was like a slime in my mouth, took several minutes of constant tongue action to get it off. The ’11 had a semi dry finish.
Overall this is a decent saison fresh, but I fear I might have an aversion to such application of Brett. Not something I would seek, but can see why others dig it.
Serving type: bottle
strattonspeaks (112) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vibrant yellow pour, white topper. Aroma of brett, barnyard, earth. Deliciously funky. Hay and grass, yeast, spice, light pepper. Nice dose of brett. Crisp. Terrific farmhouse.
tomer (1469) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a tasting,, many thanks kerenmk, long lasting medium bubbley head, very hazy orange colour, funky aroma of horse sweat and leather with some white fruits and citrus. flavour of peach and apricot with some citrus, refreshing citrusy bitterness. Excellent saison
hirigalzkar (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Powerful saison with heavy notes of hops aswell as the dry and funky brett yeast. Its also kind of sweet. Notes of light bread, citrus, honey and "barnyard".
DSG (4905) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks kerenmk. Hazy golden-orange with a huge white head. Great bretty aroma with barnyard, flowers, olives and zesty fruitiness. Slightly sweetish flavor, bretty, spicy, earthy, with light sour notes, a bit of barnyard, flowers, some fruits and a dry finish, a bit spicy and a bit alcoholic. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. Very good.
pushkinwow (1801) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013. Hazy pale amber with an off white head, quite the gusher. Light brett, slightly sweet cane sugar, hints of funk and barnyard, dry, some hay and a bit of leather. High carbonation that lightens the beer on the palate, slightly bitter and as things dry out you get a bit more funk and brett. Agree with the bottle that it would benefit from more age to let the Brett do its work however this was fresh and pleasant and quite nice to drink. Wish I had some downstairs to age!
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle Shared at Oxford tasting - Nov ’12
This one has been somewhat of a white whale for me, and when I spied a Batch 1 in my buddy Ian’s beer fridge I shamelessly begged him not to open it without me, and thankfully he humored me. Boy was it worth the wait. With some age on it, the brett takes this some beautiful directions.
Pours out a gorgeous hazy blonde with a fluffy white head. Aroma is exceedingly earthy, cobwebs, grass, and musty hay. The flavor after it has been cellared does not disappoint, pepper, citrus, slightly funky, effervescent long finish.
Crispy34 (313) - Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is sour pear. Appearance is a cloudy gold with lots-0-white head. Taste is sour with the saison yeast and freshness at the end. Palate is fresh. Overall, a good beer. Would buy again.
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