Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Cavie. Cloudy yellow pour with a big white head. Aroma is funky, citrus, sweet, tart, and sour. Taste is too much. Twangy, harsh sweetness, some fruit, and dry.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hall’s. Hazy orange color with lots of sediment apparent. Lots of floaties if you may. Aroma of some fruit, light grain and tart notes. Taste is dry and easy. Bits of tart and grain. Fratto said "a big dry asshole", but as I’m not into big dry assholes, I’ll let him claim that. :) I liked it.
AmEricanbrew (6636) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch 2008-1. Hazy golden color with huge white foam that took a few minutes to settle. Nice bretty barnyard, earthy, dry hay aromas with mild lemon. Light frothy mouthfeel. Good earthy, bretty barnyard flavors with dry spices, dusty pale malts, crisp finish. Not as complex as I expected but still very good.
Exiled (26) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle - Batch 2009-1 - Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. Smell is lemons, earthy hops, and some spices. Taste is lemons, spices, brett, and a slight hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Overall im glad I finally got to try this beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy gold with a short head which dissipates to a shear film. Bretty aroma, spicy, wet horse blanket. Vevety creamy body, lively carbonation. Light hops, some bitterness, straw and yeast. Nice one!
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Old BA rate - bottle - thanks jimmack for the generous share)
Finger plus of a pure white foamy head; orangey-yellow color that was mostly clear. Very funky up front, but not totally barnyard; a little tart and fruity as well. Funky and hoppy at the same time; really strong flavors from both those aspects...gotta love the brett prominence in this. Bit earthy and grassy as well. Lighter body; very vibrant, bubbly carbonation. Could not get enough of this.
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle no 05571 2009-1. Pour is light golden with a perfect, yes a perfect head. The head is creamy long lasting with lots and lacing. It has those champagne like bubbles and is simple beautiful; and yes pour this very carefully and very slowly. Smells slightly sweet with a little grass and a mild Brett smell. Feels lite as those delightful bubbles massage the tongue. Taste is a balance of sweet and bitter and just a hint of sour. Crewing brings our citrus, banana and bubble gum esters, and slight bitter sour cherries. This is not big anything, it is a wonderful balance. A great summer beer I hope I can find more.
Leighton (17767) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a modest, fizzy white head. Tart fruit aroma with some spice, funk, wood and barnyard. Lightly sweet flavor with some lemon, then quite tart and sour, with a very crisp, dry finish. Light to medium in body, well carbonated. A wonderful beer. (4.2)
Bottle shared at THE Sour and Saison Tasting - London. Many thanks to the fella who brought this one. Vintage 2009, drank in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy, bright gold with a creamy white head. Big herbal aroma with lots of brett and mild bread. Medium sweet flavor with pale malts, strong and juicy brett, some orange, light alcohol, faint white sugar. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Light dry brett finish, lightly warming, with further herbs, light grass, hints of anise. Quite ballsy but wonderful altogether. (4.1)
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. caged corked bottle vintage 2009-1 #212 of 11925- Pours clear golden (on the first pour) with a huge head, careful pouring this one, you might end up with a whole glass full of foam. Not getting much in the aroma but that is probably because of the massive head on it, kind of like breathing through a pillow I would imagine. The flavor is spicy and yeasty, as well as big banana esters. The aroma (once the head died down) smells like it tastes actually, earthy and yeasty with a tart citrus behind the scenes. Still new to the Saison club, but tastes like some pretty good shit.
crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from some place in Dallas. Bottle number 08300 batch 2009-1
popped the cork and proceeded to divvy into two large wine glasses. (too many tastings, all I had left) first thing I think is OMG holy head. WAY too carbonated. with an attempt to stifle the head production, it is still 4 times the amount of liquid that enters my glass. And it sticks around... for a looong time. so... 10 minutes later, I am able to taste.
nice floral aroma of some roses lemon, and a mix of sweet feet. Yes I said feet. not too bad for a saison.
taste is very smooth, as expected from this style,with some lemon and rose flavors coming out. very nice, I could drink tis a while. Dont let it get too warm though as it tends to head south. bottle mentions earthiness, but I honestly dont taste it at all. overall a damn good beer. Those that dont typically like Belgians, like me, this is a nice bridge... go find some, it is worth it.