sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
7fity of the 2009. Pours hazy straw yellow with a huge pillowy head. Aroma is brett-a-riffic with citrus and soap. Flavor is grassy and lemony, and definitely brings the funk. Dry finish and light on the standard saison spiciness. Effervescent carbonation and light mouthfeel. World class.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale hazy orange color with a big ivory-colored head. Good retention, chunky lacings.
The aroma is clean and refreshing with notes of lemon peel, tangerines, wheat crackers, mild brett and well integrated hop notes.
The taste is very refreshing with a gentle sweetness and a mildly tart complement. A light malty backbone is coupled with lovely fruit notes of lemon and tangerine. Clean brett aromas and well integrated hop notes. The finish is dry with a light bitterness to it and tart citric notes. No sign of the alcohol.
Moderate body, effervescent character.
A lovely beer - refreshing and easy to drink but still lots of character.
deyholla (7374) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy gold with small particles and a nice thick white head. Aroma was quite earthy with some floral and citrus notes. Flavor had notes of flowers and fruity and a bit of underlying earthiness and spice. It was quite dry on the tongue.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 Batch 2008-1 bottle thanks to soonah!
Crazy foamy white head atop hazy gold-straw colored body that is heavily carbonated. Almost no saison left in the nose, just full on yet balanced brett in strong citrus, light hay, and a creamy note. The flavor is similar but dryer, hints of pepper and yeast in the finish to smooth the brett out. Lightly biting body, hints of soap and the brett goes into overdrive as it warms. Should have drank this sooner for more balance and nuance.
Multiple samples later and I like this way more.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light yellow, effervescent, with an explosion of frothy white head. Smells of tart apples and a funky musk. Flavor is pleasant and more mild than expected. Itís mostly sweet and faintly tart with a light grassy hop background. Despite the bubbles on the pour, the carbonation isnít overwhelming at all. Finishes slightly sticky, but itís by no means a heavy beer. Easily drinkable.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow. Nose is dank funk and horseblanket, spicey, clove, semi sweet malt, hay. Flavor is funky, near sour, mild grapefruit, grassy. Very nice.
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
picked up the bottle in Indy. poured a pale yellow with white head. has the nose of citrusy spicy, and floral aromas. It felt overcarbonated at first but i let it settle down a bit and it became much better. beer finishes dry and the brett comes out nicely, not overpowering but a nice sour note that balances with the spicy flavors. Solid beer.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle(s) from Gomerís Leeís Summit. Read otakudenís review, mine canít do this justice. Shines like yellow straw in the sun. Head is soft and creamy and lingers perfectly, finally fading into lacing as you drink it away. The small bubbles of carbonation constantly rising seem like evidence of the lively brett. From the second it hits your tongue it dances through to the finish. So much going on i canít describe it well- yeast and light spices, brett earthiness, classic saison flavors, tart (and yet soft!) fruits... itís just too complex for my vocabulary. Hops are not overdone at all, i almost forget about them with so much else iím trying to pinpoint but then they provide a wonderful, slightly dry finish. With some age the fruity characters fade into barnyard funk. I love it fresh, as opposed to over 6 months old, but think it is going to be killer with a couple years of age. So buy as much as you can, drink half now, cellar half for a few years.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 09752 of 1150 courtesy of Immy. Bretty floral perfume in the aroma. Earthy funk and spicy Belgian yeast character. Cloudy yellow golden with huge rocky white head. Grainy flavor with Brett and a earthy funk towards the finish. Very peppery spiciness. Finish is quite dry and spicy.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle #07538/13400. cotton candy head with translucent gold body, huge nucleation. aroma is livestock, lemons and a background of perfumed flowers. flavor is sharp brett that cuts across the palate leaving citric skid marks in its berth. bitterness lingers a short spell then closes on a dry end.