ketchepillar (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge foamy white head. Aroma is very very similar to 1 year old Orval. Flavor has more fruit, more twang, and more bite. The bite is a little too much, which is really my only problem. The bite seems like a combination of alcohol, tartness, and maybe minerallyness. The tart could be fine, but with the other too mixed in, it is a little much. Maybe it just needs a year or so.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at Pike Street Beer and Wine. A little pricey, but I have been waiting to try this thing for quite some time. Nice haze orange with a rather fluffy head that fades away SLOWLY. Nice looking saison. Lovely lemon sour funk with some brett aroma. Some nice light fruit aromas, maybe even a little acidic/citrus fruits are noticed. Lovely aroma that is decently pungent. Wow, a fairly carbonated beer. I wish it were a bit smoother. I do like carbonation in some beers, but I am deciding whether or not this is pissing me off. Funky fruit aroma with the brett hitting your taste buds throughout the experience. Lemon/citrus sour arenít really coming through, but this is not a sour. Some grass flavors going on here as well (going towards the lemon grass). Fairly nuanced flavor, but I have had better saison, and for a better price (would insert smiley face but not in the mood). Overall, pretty good.
ders0 (28) - , Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am fortunate enough to have this bottle available to me in the Twin Cities. This is No. 7391 out of 13,400. Pours a real cloudy orange with a massive head. Itís like the movie Twister in the body of this beer. A massive tornado of bubbles swirling around up from the bottom of the glass. Itís hard to smell the beer through the head, but what aroma is there is quite pleasant. The taste is kind of citrusy with a slight sourness. Quite good. There is something about this though that just doesnít jive with me though, but on that note Iím not too well versed in Saisons.
mmmbeer (1187) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle (93/13400, 2009 batch 2) served in tulip- poured a 75 % cloudy sunbeaten orange color, hearty carbonation, frothy white head formed and tried itís best to lace. Aroma of various citrus, hops, and a mild note of brett. Hits the mouth with a light flowing body, malt is very light, various spices (pepper and allspice- my guess) come rolling in the middle along with some citrus, finish is very dry and has a slight acidity from the hops. Although Iím not crazy about the style, and detest anything with brett & is liimited production, even I have to say itís decent.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 6597. Beautiful color with supreme head - dense carbonation. Hops were noticeable in aroma but not too strong. Flavor is sweet, spices, light fruit, and some bitterness - quite complex. The high carbonation yields a pleasant mouthfeel. Very nice.
rader58 (740) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 3784. Pours a cloudy yellow golden color. Aroma of flowers, pine, lemon, autumn leaves. Quite a plethora of different aromas. Lively mouth feel. Taste is very interesting. Iím not familiar to the Saison style. So, I find it quite different. Flavor is yeast, citrus and floral. Some underlying earthy tones in the finish. Good
allfreej (540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 5884 of 13400. Clear, golden pour, dense white foamy head. Floral, spicy, nose with a hint of barnyard funk. Flavor was citrusy (grapefruit, orange, tangerine), spices, caramel malt, barnyard yeastiness, lemongrass. Bitter, brettanomyces finish. Excellent.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Diomede. Pours a very cloudy goldenrod color with a wet off-white head. Aroma is pungent with brett and sharp spices. Fruity with apples and lemons, with some cinnamon and pepper notes as well. Flavor starts off with tart lemon, hay, grass, and dried stone fruit, then melds into a sweet honey/vanilla note before finishing dry, clean, and earthy. Nice soft mouthfeel, complex yet drinkable.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared by Diomede. Opaque gold with yeast chunks floating around and a white, frothy head. The aroma is just straightforward citrus and brett with lots of lemon peel, grass, and hay. Not really intense though, and seemed to dissipate after awhile, needing a top-up to kick back into action. The flavor is relatively clean for a saison, but gets all the nuances in there, with dry malt flavors, soft yet spicy bitterness and hop flavors, and a nice light bretty funk. Medium-light body with higher carbonation and smooth bubbles. Nothing really amazing about it, but it is no doubt a quality and well constructed saison. Iím not sure how old this bottle was, but it did have a relatively bright, fresh quality to the flavor and aroma, so maybe more time in the cellar would add some interesting stuff to it with the yeast developing a little more. Definitely worth seeking out again.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep cloudy yellow orange with a billowing white head and nice lacing. Aroma is very earthy and grassy, just a bit of spiciness, plenty of light citric fruit zest and a nice yeast banana character. The Brett is really nicely placed in this. Flavor starts with a nice lightly spiced citrus character. A lot of the yeast comes out in the middle with a light fruit and honey floral note. Finishes crisp and clean and the Brett again gives it a really nice earthy horse blanket character. Medium body and a softer but active carbonation. Really nice balance and so refreshing and complex. Well done