brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: A great looking pour on this beer! The color is golden and pretty hazy with a huge, fluffy white head.
S: An incredible amount of fruitiness to this beer (which I was not really expecting). A lot of pineapple, apples, and citrus which seems like an odd combination but works quite well together. There’s a mild spice and yeast component which at least lets you know the beer is a Saison. The brett seems to provide a touch of farmhouse character, but nothing overwhelming.
T: Again, the sweet fruits really come through. The pineapple and citrus flavors are quite intense and work well with the yeasty, slighty spicy flavors and the dry, lightly bitter finish. Again, the Brett does not provide a lot in the way of "funk," but it does give a touch of wild character and it does help to dry out the beer.
M: The beer is quite light and soft on the palate, like a Saison should be. The high carbonation help makes this a very refreshing beer.
D: Easily the best Saison I’ve come across. I enjoyed that it was a bit more reserved on the pepper notes and had an increased level of fruit and dryness. A very solid beer and I’m glad I’ve got one of my own at home.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 7569 of 13400. Tasted this side-by-side with the standard saison. Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. The head was thick and pillowy with good retention and lacing. Attractive. Big fruit forward aroma with lots of orange zest, apricot, guava, and baking spices. Much livelier nose than the regular saison. A bit farm yard-ish. Medium bodied and sweeter than the regular saison with a touch of brett funk. Smoother mouth feel with a hint of warming alcohol and moderate carbonation. The sugars created a somewhat sticky mouth feel. The flavor was similar to the aroma with mixed fruits such as orange marmalade and apricot. There were also ginger and spice elements. Good stuff. Think I’ll get a few more bottles for aging purposes.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear golden beer with a huge expanding annoying head that took over the tulip. Literally there was no room for the beer, just foam. Everytime I poured this I could barely get any liquid. The aroma was grainy & slightly funky. The taste was a clean grainy taste with the Brett very present, some citrus & tasted like I was licking a piece of fabric in a factory(the Brett I guess).
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, much thanks to my secret santa! Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a white head. Nose is big lemonhead brett with some cherry pie, candied hay & pepper. Flavor is lemon candy & cherry pie brett, long lasting hay malt with pepper & yeast coming out in the finish. Extremely light (its a good thing!) mouthfeel
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured about an inch of clear gold liquid underneath about 6 inches of pillowy bright white head. Aroma is all Brett and citrus. Medium bodied with average to stronger carbonation. Flavor much like the aroma is dominated by Brett, citrus and earth round out this one. Solid.
robforbes (2182) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a semi-hazy orange with a very large white bubbly head, and good lacing.
smell is of wild yeast, sour malt, fruit, spice, and apricot.
taste is a little tart, some yeast, fruit, spice, pepper, and malt, ends on the dry side.
pineypower (3078) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a cloudy golden color with a huge off white head that takes a few minutes to calm down. Aroma is of brett, that plasticy almost band aid note, but not to the point that its a turn off, also slight notes of some grain. Taste is complex the funky brett is there for the whole ride, but it goes nicely with some fruity, yeasty notes, some vanilla and maybe some grainy notes hiding in there too. Very well done.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Pours a hazy yellow, some gold but more pale straw! With a huge offwhite head that laces well. Aromas are a nice smooth yeasty base, some funky dust and hay with fruity pear and apple esters, a touch of graininess, vanilla, the funk really is there in a sturdy amount. Initial is a decent carbonation, decent bitterness, dust and funky hay, barnyard, apples and pear, with some decent grainy malts, a mellow sweetness that gets swallowed up by the funky brett. Finish is decent bitterness and funky, a nice marriage of balance with sturdy brett element. Nice, lighter side of medium bodied with a good overall feel. A solid saison, but perhaps I was expecting just a bit more after all this time.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle split among friends in tulip glasses. It poured a great two finger white head that lasted. It was a clear apricot colored brew till we added the lees then it clouded right up.
The Brett aroma was right up front. This strain has one of the best aromas of all I have experienced. There was a light sweetness to it as well as some fruitiness.
The flavor was sour but with a good balance of sweat fruits. The interesting thing was that as it warmed up it did get a little sweeter. It had a light to medium feel in my mouth with and good carbonation.
It drank extremely well and this brew is back on my want list. Try this beer its is great
drjay44 (3410) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Number 885 of 13400. Batch 2009-2. Pours a huge fluffy, tiny bubbled white head, with sea foam lacing, over a hazy, with some particles, yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is lemon, apple, allspice, bit of pepper, and barnyard.....taste is light citrus (lemon primarily) leading light sweet apple tones, then heavy barnyard funk, finishing dry....mouth feel is light, carbonation high. The Brett comes through with a bang, and the rest of the flavors meet the style exactly. It is a bit high in ABV for a Saison, but this is reasonably hidden. BJCP 8/3/15/4/8