monkeychugg55 (857) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Slightly hazy, burnt yellow with a small white head. The aroma is mostly Belgian saison yeast, with esters and spice. The brett character is pretty mellow, with a light funkiness. The flavor starts out sweet, but dries out with spice and yeast. Slightly tart on the finish, with Syrian Goldings maybe?, and a light brett character. Very soft carbonation as they probably account for aging. Wonderful blend of flavors and interesting on the palate as the dry / tart finish starts while its still sweet. Great beer, best saison I’ve ever had.
Xenon (82) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A world of difference from the Tank 7, which I found good but not great. This is something special that I enjoyed a lot. Head for days and lace that will never fade... Super thick. Murky but not sedimented. Having the dank with the saison yeast is something really special to me. I am not used to that dry hop character in a saison normally, but it fits so well with this beer. Definitely worth the hype. One of my new favorites.
davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 vintage into a tulip. Pours a golden amber with tons of soapy white foam. Nose is earthy brett, grass, tropical fruits, and some floral hops. Very juicy and fruity smelling with the brett noticeable but tame. Taste is clean tropical fruits, grass, wheat and a little funk. Finishes dry with a lingering mineral water brett note. Incredibly well balanced and delicious. Not as complex as a Hill Farmstead saison, but this is seriously impressive and dangerously drinkable.
ljthiessen (358) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at JL Beers, Grand Forks. A very soft, subtle and tasty saison. Fairly dry with a nice balance, bretts aren't overpowering. A fantastic saison.
Helsdon (148) - Toronto, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks cloudy golden with a creamy white head finger that sticks around. Nose of sour lemons, hay malts, little rock candy. Whoa brett sour! Bitter sour with bread malts and some citrus, mild sweetness on the follow up.
Herbicles69 (48) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
It goes from a bitter IPA-type taste with an earthy linger on your palate. Very interesting.
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arnold931 (524) - Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours mostly clear golden with nice white head. Great Brett aroma. Taste is great clean with nice Brett aftertaste.
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opens with a huge pop and gush. Pours hazy dark golden with a huge frothy head. Nose has yeast, spices, ripe fruits and some cereal. Taste is fairly bitter with peaches, yeast, white pepper and straw.
kayres (457) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden with a huge white head. Yeasty floral aroma. Crisp lemony grassy herbal. Bright and refreshing medium bodied
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RussianDragon (440) - - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle is 2008 vintage: Batch 1, bottle 01200 of 11950, shared by Chris. This bottle was a gusher! Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a lasting spongy white head that left thick lacing. Aroma is dominated by brett, with floral yeast, barnyard, and mild earthiness. Flavor is again brett upfront, Belgian yeast spicyness. Carbonation is active, and detracts slightly from the overall flavor. Medium bodied, tart funky finish. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The golden colored body that was poured out of the 750 ml bomber, was cloudy. The bomber was capped with a cork, and wire cage, and the long pop, and the ample gun smoke were evidence of a good seal, and generous carbonation. The head that formed atop the pour was four fingers thick, and very stubborn. The smell was very rustic, ad the beer was clearly blessed with smells of wheat crackers, horse blanket, hay, orange peel, and white pepper. This is just exactly what I want a Saison to smell like.
The taste was dry, biscuit like, with an unmistakable presence of Brett. There was some bready sweetness, and a hint of pepper and lime juice in the finish. The combination of sweet, tart, spicy, and funky was very well done. The body was fluffy, light, and quenching, and the 8.5% ABV was very well hidden.
There are very few non Belgian beers that approach perfection for this style, but this one certainly does.