fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to phaleslu. Pours clear gold with a huge, fluffy, cream white head that lasts forever, no doubt sustained largely due to its extremely high effervescence. Aroma is no doubt somewhat hampered by the head that refuses to die, but a nice bouquet opens up nonetheless, sharp bretty funk, big spice and floral notes, a touch of basement and the twang of fermenting leaves. Flavor is brett funk, sweet hay, wildflower floral notes, wet rocks, old birch wood, spice, pepper and basement. Palate is medium bodied, with a slick entry immediately turning dry, lighter feeling on the palate and has an odd, but awesome carbonation, light, sharp, yet somehow velvety at the same time. Great stuff, the aroma wrote a check that the flavor couldnít quite cash though... This would probably still have a place in my celler all the time if it were available locally.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy yellow pour with a big, rocky, white head. The aroma is light lemon, funk, soft honey and wild flowers. The flavor is also very light with bright citrus notes, some brett funk, floral notes and lots of peppery phenols on the finish. Medium body with lots of carbonation.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015 Corked and caged 750 from kuphish - thanks! He says itís the first bottling, so a little less than two years old (No 11302 of 11950). Hazy orange pour with a lacing, frothy white head - Iíd say Orvallish but the bubbles are much bigger and sudsier. Smell is loaded with Brett! Funky bitter orange, very dry and crisp. Taste is super dry, with dusty malt and lots (!) of peppery spice. Not really funky, just really rounded, earthy, woody flavor with a touch of darkness. Body is medium-full. A big fan, and a great way to introduce someone to the intriguing character of Brett - strong and flavorful but not extreme or over-the-top.[2010.07.20: 3.8]
Another, corked and caged (L020415, best by 02-2017). Yup, almost exactly the same feelings as before, a touch more metallic this time, but huge pepper, orange, hay, very dry, very slightly warming. Wish there were more Brett character here, and a little more leather/cherry than hay, but thatís just me. A special commendation for extreme carbonation, very crisp and refreshing, alive! [2015.09.16: 4.0]
omhper (22883) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, bought in Spokane, WA. Cloudy golden, lively head. Grassy hoppy nose with funky sweaty brett underneath. Medium dry with gentle mouthfeel and mildl sparkling carbonation. The Orvallish sweaty bitterorange funky brett character is strong, but it still retains balance. Finishes with evergrowing bitterness. Lovely!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. The hype is lost on me, its a terrible base beer, the brett dosage was light and didnt ad much depth or funk, there was still a substantial amount of residual sweetness and it tastes like the brett was added well after it had been fermenting.
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Paulís saison tasting - hazy orange pour huge fluffy white head. arouma is amazing, funky and earthy. caramelly and tart rounded with some spiciness. mmm
arminjewell (9232) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours big hazy yellow with big white fluffy head, plenty of carbonation. Aroma is nice and citrusy and fruity, with some lemon, pepper, citrus, and a bit of tart with the earth and bread of the malt. Taste up front is big lemon zest, pepper, tart and funk, with a nice earthy character that is refreshing and delicious.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a lot for this one Baker. 750 ml bottle from 2009 I have been wanting to try it for a while. Aroma is maybe some tart apple and maybe hints of cherry. Color is pale amber with minimal head. Taste is hay and apple with hints of the brett character but itís more subdued than I expected. Palate is dry and refreshing.
callmemickey (4191) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Batch: 2009-1
A: Bright, hazy golden-yellow-orange.. massive fluffy white head. super retention and pretty decent lacing. Inviting.
S: Funky, indeed. The brett character is ever-present. Somewhat tart. Lightly yeasty. Nice floral-citrus hops. Peaches.
T: Much like the nose, this is perhaps the most brett forward saison iíve had to date. Not really farmhouse funky, but just kind of sour/tart funky. Clean, bright citrus flavors. Lightly spiced. Some pepper and something else I canít quite discern.
M: Effervescent. A tad too much carbonation, perhaps (cork blew off when uncorking and scared the shit out of my cat). Crisp, hoppy finish.
O: By the end of the bottle, the brett character simply overwhelmed(underwhelmed?) me. Very nice for a glass, but the refill did me in which is surprising considering my affinity for large bottles of saison.
drowland (7798) - Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6/26/10. Brought to the Tally Tasting 2010 by myself. Sour, almost sweaty smell. Mmmm. Nice tart but surprisingly smooth flavor. Mmm again.