SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared by Diomede. Opaque gold with yeast chunks floating around and a white, frothy head. The aroma is just straightforward citrus and brett with lots of lemon peel, grass, and hay. Not really intense though, and seemed to dissipate after awhile, needing a top-up to kick back into action. The flavor is relatively clean for a saison, but gets all the nuances in there, with dry malt flavors, soft yet spicy bitterness and hop flavors, and a nice light bretty funk. Medium-light body with higher carbonation and smooth bubbles. Nothing really amazing about it, but it is no doubt a quality and well constructed saison. I’m not sure how old this bottle was, but it did have a relatively bright, fresh quality to the flavor and aroma, so maybe more time in the cellar would add some interesting stuff to it with the yeast developing a little more. Definitely worth seeking out again.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep cloudy yellow orange with a billowing white head and nice lacing. Aroma is very earthy and grassy, just a bit of spiciness, plenty of light citric fruit zest and a nice yeast banana character. The Brett is really nicely placed in this. Flavor starts with a nice lightly spiced citrus character. A lot of the yeast comes out in the middle with a light fruit and honey floral note. Finishes crisp and clean and the Brett again gives it a really nice earthy horse blanket character. Medium body and a softer but active carbonation. Really nice balance and so refreshing and complex. Well done
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by a friend in St. Louis, who said he got it at Wine and Cheese Place there. I didn’t note batch or bottle numbers. Pours a mostly clear, somewhat dusty pale yellow with a big fluffy white head that leaves a little lace behind. Aroma is really nice, with orange citrus, herbal and floral notes, malts, barnyard, wood, apricot, yeast, and earthy notes. Malty, yeasty flavor, with notes of citrus, grains, herbs, earth, and apricot. Medium bodied, with a mild spritzer mouthfeel. Wow, this is incredible in every way, my new gold standard for saisons.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25oz bottle courtesy of mreusch, big thanks Matt! Batch 2008-1. Big pop from the cork, very lively heading into the glass, big rush of foam that quickly dissipates into 1/8" ring that never dies. Big fruity aroma with a nice blast of brett. Brett really powers through the flavor when cold, as it warms it falls back a little but still is a driving force. Some nice herbal bitterness in there and a barely there malt presence. Not that I don’t like the brett, I’m just more curious about what this would be without using it to "cheat" the dryness here.
JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 This is a new beer for me; very interesting and I will buy more; reported to be very good for storage.
Poured a hazy organe color with very big sparkling head and nice laces. Orange aroma definite presence of alcohol. Very nice drikable brew!
Not sure what the Brett effect is but this is a very interesting beer.
citrus, hay, basement aromas, alcohol, hazy, frothy, white foam, very bitter, medium sweetness, lively, medium body, bitter, long finish,
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2010 Bottle... Poured hazy, pale golden with a huge white head. Funky brett and grains on the nose. Wheat notes with mild bitterness and tangy fruits to counter. Grape-like fruits and an earthy, barnyard funk quality overall. Cracker-like, souring finish.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml bottle #05577 of 13400) yellow gold with very generous white head. Floral, some hay, yeasty aroma. Flavor is light fruit, floral hops, a little grassy. Very dry finish.
kidmartinek (3831) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, thick cloudy nectarine color. A mass of visible sediment swirls around in the glass below the persistent 3+" cloud white head. Aroma of yeast and wood primarily. Full bitter sweet yeasty flavor with a musty finish. The character is not heavy, but full. There is a slight fizz on the finish. A bit dry ending beckons for the next sip.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle no. 157. Had a heck of a time trying to get the cork out of this one... Pours a nice pale orange color with a small head that sits pretty atop the beer. Tiny little bits of yeast floaties throughout the beer. Orange again in the aroma, from the dry hops - nice. A little spicy and flowery, too. Flavor is very pleasant. Slightly dry, definitely citrusy, with a little background touch of tartness and brett. Palate is lightly sparkling. A nice brew here, and very drinkable for its 8.5% - I didn’t notice at all until I started getting a little buzzed by the end of the bottle...
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is rich, almost clear golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is honey, hay, grass, lightly spicy, and orange. Flavor is spicy, rich, very subtle brett, and nicely floral. Not as much brett as expected but still an awesome beer. Really rich and full saison.