MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 03919
It pours an absolutely beautiful hazey, almost florescent gold with a rocky, whipped egg white foam. Quite bubbly. In the aroma I find barn, lemon, celery. Lysol, green apple, pepper flavor profile. Wonderful on the palate. Moderately full and refreshing, thanks to the massive carbonation. Hands down the best and most mature offering from my hometown brewery.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 12/5/2008. This saison pours a light yellow gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized head. The aroma is fruity, spicy and a touch funky. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice spices. Slightly funky and very dry. The brett seems to have dried this beer out more than add a lot of funk. Nice beer. The mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is crisp and dry. The aftertaste is slightly sweet.
bleeng (1577) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Pours hazy bright yellow and lightly filtered. Very carbonated with a big fluffy head. Nose is of brett, funkiness, horseblanket, citrus, tartness. Very fresh. Taste is eververscent, brett but not overwhelming, citrus, tartness, nice horseblanket/funk taste. Where is the alcohol?? Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, 2008 San Diego Strong Ale fest, yellow pour, white head, fruity a bit funky, tasty.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, thanks Malcolm!. Aroma is much like a fruity IPA, way hoppier than I expected. Clear honey pour with a huge, slow head. Flavor is initially light, with some bittering hops. Light fruits, pineaplle and tangerine especially, abound in the mouth. Wonderful feel, a lot of carbonation, but soft and delicate. The flavor is dryed out by a funky brett element. Very interesting.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Bottle received in a trade. Pours a pale yellow body with a 1/4 white head. Musky floral bretty leather feel. Light honey and a an earthy citrus hop character. Good brew needs some time to funk out.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A slightly cloudy golden pour with a nice, fluffy white head that produced sticky lace. The aroma was light citrus, sweet sugar cookie, peppery spice and of course yeasty brett. Not hit you over the head with a snow shovel brett, just enough to make it interesting. Flavor was quite nice too. Good balance between citrus, sugar cookie, spice, earth and yeast. Dry, easy drinking mouthfeel. Very nice. Highly recommended.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Tim for sending this brew. I really enjoyed the regular saison, so this was bound to be good. The bretts give a tart funkiness that amplifies the dryness of the beer. Lemon citrus notes to the finish along with a soft pepper dry spice character. The high carbonation really accentuated the esters and the bretts, keeping it all very crisp.
eaglefan538 (2937) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Re-rate, bottle 8846 from theisti. Wow, about another year on this thing and it was much more amazing. Lots lots of the original saison character for a bone-dry Belgian-Ale type Bret character that was excellent. Poured with a huge rocky and pillowy head, just like Orval. Yum! Thanks, Tim, this was much better that much later! Original rating: Bottle courtesy of theisti, shared by me among the best at SL. Pour was pretty standard for a saison, off-white head was large and featured lively carbonation. The aroma was sweet fruity, caramel, slightly bready malts. The flavor followed, strong sweet malt base, light spicing and peppers in the finish, only faint dry-bretty type notes under an overwhelmingly sweet and malty base. I had to yield to slob’s unhappiness w.r.t. the level of Bret (its near absence), but I got more in there than he did, even if it was underwhelming. Either way, many thanks, Tim, for this fun brew and great opportunity.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours gold with a nice white head. Smells funky and sweet/perfumy with some dry malt. Tastes of dry malt, perfumy, light tartness. Enjoyable.