AbbeyRoade (514) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Initial rating 6/14/2013:
Pours hazy gold with an intense, thick, foamy white head that lasts. A bit more carbonation than Tank 7 and a wonderful earthy, farmhouse aroma. Incredibly easy to drink with a smooth, medium-light body. A great saison-brett!
Second rating 10/22/2013: Aged this bottle for exactly 5 months. Intense foam. Less carbonation than before and alcohol is more noticeable. Very, very smooth with an almost velvety texture. A bit funkier in taste- not quite more farmhouse but definitely something a wee bit earthy/peaty...perhaps just characteristically Brett? Not bad, but not amazing. Alcohol notes still rather strong compared to a slight fruitiness.
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow-orange, massive, off white meringue head. Aroma is very fresh, mint, barnyard, coriander, hay, notes of bubblegum. A nice spice up front on the tongue, pepper, Belgian yeastiness, lingering and breathy finish of spice, some white grape. Great version of the style.
Muggus69 (1867) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL corked & caged Champagne bottle from Slowbeer. 2015 vintage
Big white foam pours into the glass dying down into a dense cap atop a hazy orange body.
Lovely aroma, totally not what I was expecting - toasty, biscuity, bran cereal sort of malts upfront, spicy peppery phenolics, subtle floral undertones, touch of hay & bruised pineapple Brett sort of character, hint of booze there too.
Quite full bodied for a Saison, still drying, lingering finish, lively carbonation but well tempered.
Very enjoyable malt character to it - husky cereals, bran, savoury cracker biscuit, touch of sweetness leading to notes of ripe pear, apricot & apple, finishing off with spicy white pepper, clove & hay bale notes. Moderate bitterness, touch of almost oaky and funky ovely ripe tropical fruit notes to finish on a warming finish.
Very different from any Saison I’ve come across, maybe not as funky as expected - might be one to keep for that
oldrtybastrd (4343) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright golden yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of tropical fruits and some citrus peel. Funky orange/lemon peel flavors with a nice brett woody funk.
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is beautiful, with rose, faint lavender , bubble gum, and Brett. Taste is the same, with some pear into the finish. Thanks, Dan!
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Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows super funky Brett, big farmhouse and barnyard notes. Little else.
Falvours include funk, green apple, straw, barnyard notes.
jinroh (1022) - ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pale, bit hazy. Head is massive and actually stays for quite a long and leaves beautiful lacings. Aroma is barnyard and earth, just a bit of horse blanket. Some autumn fruits under there as well. Taste is mildly sweet, funky bitterness coming out well. Really smooth overall, just perfect saison.
closey22 (1469) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with foamy white Lacy head; sweet yeasty aroma ; flava is grainy wheaty earthy and slight funk from sir Brett ; feels medium foamy full; finishes dry soft bitter
fluffy (2223) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An above average Brett saison that I'm glad seems to be readily available most places.
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UXO (1255) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: complex, earthy funk, citrus zest, straw, stone fruit, vinous. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild bitter, mild spice. (9/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry funky finish. (5/5)
Like saisons? Like brett? You owe it to yourself to find and try this. Really nicely done, with a nigh-on perfect balance of dry nearly vinous saison and funky brett characters. I’d love to try this after a couple of years of cellaring, to really give the brett time to get going, but it’s really, really good with just under a year on it. (18/20)
Svesse (7630) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Golden colour with big, frothy, white head, leaving traces of lacing. Fruity, malty spicy nose with tropical fruit, mango, citrus, hay, grass, spicy hops and lots of earthy brett yeast aromas. Malty, fruity spicy taste with notes of bread, citrus, orange peel, lemon, grass, mango, passion-fruit, funky yeast and a finish with a generous spicy/grassy bitterness and earthy yeast flavours. Almost full body, with a touch of sweetness. The combination of the fresh grassy, spicy hops and the fresh bretty yeast character makes this on extremely enjoyable. And the balance is great. Excellent beer!