nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review #1400. This was really my first beer of the new year, as I had it on the night of 1/1, although I was drinking some Moonlight Toast after midnight passed on 12/31. This is a phenomenal beer, well worthy of the milestone rating. Bottle #7153 via trade on BA thanks to Ineedabeerhere. The bottle was a gusher as my it was uncorked. Brought my Bruery tulip over to save as much of the foam as I could. It was hard to pour this stuff without getting a crazy amount of foam and very little beer. Once you succeed in pouring it though, it pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy white head that takes awhile to fade. Aroma is bretty and yeasty, along with honey, pale malt, citrus, spice, and earthy notes. Flavor is awesome and complex. Lots of brett in there, but it’s not ridiculous. Bready pale malt, honey, spice and pepper, lemon, and floral hops. Medium-light and prickly on the palate, extremely crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall this is a beer that just doesn’t have many flaws to it. This is about as good as the saison style gets.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed super straw yellow at first with a six finger airy white head. Turns to more of milky yellow towards the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of Brett, sweet malt, yeast, grains and eucalyptus. A bit of a fizz bomb in the mouth. Taste of peppery yeast, Brett, earthy hops, straw, mild fruit. Mildly sweet and mildly funked up.
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 05596 of 13,400 in 2009. Consumed 12/31/2009. Pours a light, hazy orange with sizeable head, sticking around awhile. Aroma of citrus, floral hops, yeast - very flavorful yet pleasant. Slight malt & spice presence - just right for me. Moderately carbonated with excellent, complex flavor with no part being overwhelming. Finish is fruity, crisp and dry - very appealing with alcohol hidden quite well. This is a world-class offering in my opinion - great brew by the Boulevard crew. Well worth the wait until New Year’s Eve and well worth the price - SALUDE!
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy MReusch. Hazy light gold pour with a thick white fluffy head. Funky tart apple, sour, bretty aroma. Light tart, sweet malt with hints of fruit in the taste. Finshes dry and funky. well done and easily drinkable.
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy peach pour with a big frothy head- nice looking brew. Aroma holds some definite bretty funk, yeast, orange peel, clove and other spices, and some really nice floral presence, presumably from the dry hopping. Flavor is magnificent; awesome earthy and bretty notes mix beautifully with a citrus and nectar fruit quality. Also excellent spice and yeast presence. Palate is wonderfully drinkable, but still complex, for a bretted beer. Excellent stuff, my favorite saison so far.
DeeBee21 (51) - NH, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pure golden pour nice sticky head. Aroma is such a smooth sour funk little grassy and floral with notes of lemon zest and citrus kicks. Soft carbonation very sweet semi sour cherry funk finshes tart and pretty dry. Very enjoyable
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty HAzy Golden pour with an enormous frothy head. Aroma is flowery hops, sour brett funk and some lovely light yeastiness and fruity esters such as lemon and orange. Flavor is fruity, some lemon zest and orange peel. Also, Earthy, sour notes are present, nice brettiness. freshly funky, fruity and crisp. Yumm
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of craftycarl21- thanks dude. Hazy golden pour with gratuitous white froth that forms a web like lattice of eye pleasing funken glory. The aroma is bursting with juicy brett notes, grassy floral notes, earthen dankness, fruity dough, farm, pasture, and a citrusy hop profile. Flavor is like nothing I’ve ever had before. Massive fruit notes manifest in mandarin, pineapple, and nectar. The brett character is pleasantly tart and earthy with backnotes of herbs. Palate is fluffy and pillowy, but quite full for the style. The finish is juicy and moderately slippery. Best. Saison. Ever.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Poured a cloud, vibrant yellow gold with a sudsy white head.
Aroma: Light citrus and funk. The funk was like rain water and rust.
Taste: Spice, metal, and dry and fruity yeast.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy and full.
Overall: Really good, well crafted, and would probably enjoy this in warmer months, with the beer slightly more chilled than I had it (65-70 degrees I think.)
ketchepillar (1182) - 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.