malrubius (1821) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Pale straw color with huge head. Lemon pastry sweet spicy aroma. Sweet apricot with mild hay barnyard mild horseballs spicy bitter hoppy dry clean finish. What a beer! I was looking forward to this one. AWESOME.
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle, batch 2008-1. Luckily i was holding the cork down when i opened this otherwise it would have rocketed upon release. Pours a clear straw with a massive white head. Nose is mild lemon and yeast with hints of marshmallow. Medium light with foamy carb. Taste is lemon peel, honey, dough and bitter herbs. Peppery finish. Not so funky, good saison.
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle No. 06301 out of 11925 produced. Color is a hazy yellow gold with very good carbonation and a huge white head. Aroma is a sour barnyard scent with a little spice showing in the back. Taste is spicy and sour. Starting with a lighter medium body it goes down crisp with a fizzy feel. Finish comes in sour with flavors of hay and horse hair, then a big spiciness comes on with a back note of lemon. After taste is a little dry with the sour riding along for awhile. This is actually a good brew, I don’t like most brews with brettanomyces in them but Boulevard did a good job on this one. Very tasty and quite drinkable.
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strange I haven’t had this until now. A mild saison. Lots of yeast. Opaque orange color. Some brett/yeast flavor. Lightly spiced. Not sour, which I thought it might be. A little citrus and some coriander. A good beer but not in the class of the best saisons, eg Fantome or Moneuse.
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 My favourite beer of 2009! Botlle from Bottleworks on Poperinges patio, on tap at Falling Rock and a keg at the Babblebelt pre-GABF party. 01946. And I thought the clean Saison was amazing! Maybe my best beer for 2009! Giant head on dark cloudy gold. Great funky hop nose. Reminds me of Orval....very.....very tasty.
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Soonah.
Bottle 08647. Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a monster head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is spicy with perfume, soap, citrus, lavender, thyme and funky brett. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma, there is loads of perfume in the flavor with an undercurrent of citrus, white fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel was silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish was medium in duration and dry with lingering soapiness. Overall: This is an excellent Saison, the only fault I find is that it is just too over the top with perfume. At times I thought that I was taking a hit from my wifes Coco Channel cologne. But, thats a small complaint, this is still better than 99.5 percent of the Saisons out there.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11 batch #06402. golden with a thick white head. nose is spicy musk with some dried earth. nice thickness with a spicy flavor and a hint of brett in the finish with dried pineapples.
TheBeerGod (5316) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Labeled 2008-1, Batch #09752 of 11950. Very turbid gold pour. Tall white head grows like a thunderstorm cloud. Aroma brings the funk! Strong Brett notes, perfume, flowers and fruit notes. Taste continues with more funky notes, dusty yeast, perfume, dried flowers, citrus notes, fruit and earth. Very bubbly and light mouthfeel. Ends with more Brett notes, funk, slight sourness, fruits, and dusty yeast. Very tasty stuff! Enjoyable!
ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours out a light, straw-colored body flecked with fine particles and topped by a very large (seriously), white head.
Smell: Delicate malt base to support notes of honeysuckle blossoms, melon juice, citrus, and spice. The funkiness remains light, with lessers notes of well-maintained horseblankets, fresh leather, and only a teeny tiny drop of butyric acid.
Taste: Pilsner malts, light pale malts, and maybe even some soft white wheat garnished with a dusting of sweet table sugar. Fruity tastes of melon garnished with lemon zest. Light florals throughout. Restrained hop bitterness. The funkiness from the Brettanomyces, though pleasant, present, and appreciated, is fairly understated, providing refined tastes of top-shelf cobwebs and recently-cleaned basements. Very small pinch of pepper. Drying, fizzy finish with some lingering fruity hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: Give it a try! Boulevard’s standard saison was all-well and fine, but the kind addition of Brett really helps it to sing.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2009 bottle shared at july BA tasting. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a white head. Nose is of citrus, funk, floral and perfume. Taste is same as nose. Mouthfeel is dry. Decent saison.