cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to the guys at the CL anny party for a taste. Poured a beautiful sun shimmering golden color with seemingly flawless white head. Aromas had a sweeter edge of honey and high citrus fruits, yet mixed in there was some softness of apricot. Palate followed with the sweeter entry then gave out the fruit all the way. Mid palate was fantastic with a little bret in the finish. Fantastic saison, wish it was available where I lived. My first bullfrog was a great one!
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle I got a while back from MrChopin, thanks Kevin! Poured a clear golden-orange color with a fluffy, full white head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left a fair amount of spotty lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard yeast, a tart citrus fruitiness (light lemon) along with a more sweet fruitiness (tangerine, soft grape), some straw, and a moderate spiciness (pepper). Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some faint honey sweetness and a rye-like maltiness transitions into an earthy, funky, bretty dryness with hints of cobwebs paired with a moderate tart fruitiness (light peach, lemon, tangerine) that linger into the finish where it is paired with a moderate peppery spiciness and an oak-like dryness. Palate is full and creamy while still drying out the palate and keeping your mouth begging for another drink. Overall, it was a really nice saison that combined a lot of nice elements, but it’s the dusty yeastiness and dryness that won me over. Thanks again Kevin!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color that is opaque with yellowish orange hues and a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly earhy aroma with dry bretty barnyard funk. Zesty spice presence along with some grass, straw and estery light fruit. There’s also some bready yeast with hints of apple and pear.
Full bodied with a very nice balance of zesty spice, funky yeast, crisp light fruit and alcohol. Creamy full texture with hints of earthy funk, pear, banana, apple and lots of bready yeast. Spicy dry finish with subtle heat.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a deep transparent golden orange with tons of off white bubbly head leaving a decent lacing.
S-yeast and peppery spice up front, light honey undertones, zesty lemon and notes of corriander.
T-the taste is much sweeter and less balanced than the nose. the yeast note is there, lighter peppery spice, a fair bit more honey, corriander and light lemon zest. lots of pineapple starts to come through amongst the sweetness.
M-medium body, rather syrupy, decent carbonation and faint bit of dryness in the finish.
D-this has a very nicely balanced nose, the flavor falls slightly short and sweetens a bit. the body is a bit syrupy for a saison and not quite dry enough. this is a very decent beer and extremely enjoyable but some flaws.
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy gold. Aroma is sort of gross: musty of old man feet and urine. Flavor is fortunately better: notes of peach, caramel, and a bit of spruce. Soft caramel finish. Thankfully the flavor is ok.
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour with white creamy head and lace. Sweet caramel and bread aroma. Sweet fruit, banana, and B.yeast. Medium bodied but fizzy, still a very nice beer.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy gold, large white head is gone quick. Nose was a initially a mess, so I let it sit for a bit. Tangerine, soapy nose, light saddles flavor is very soapy, bit of yeast, pepper, tangerine. Continued to improve with warmth and air. I would suggest to anyone holding old Bullfrog bottles - let them sit for 2-3 days after travel, and after opening, let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
blipp (5829) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours gold with an off white head. Belgian yeasty aroma with some light fruity notes. The flavor has belgian yeast, light flowery notes, and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Not bad.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The nose on this is fried mozzarella sticks and cheddar cheese. Taste is headache inducing with old candies, orange pancake syrup, old sickly sweetness. Gross.
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a clear golden yellow/straw color with plenty of white head and a high level of carbonation.
S: Starts off slightly cidery. There’s a lot of lemon and lemon zest along with grass and wet oak. There’s a distinct honey aroma which is slightly sweet and quite floral. A little bit of white pepper and yeast.
T: Many of the same components exist on the tongue as well. Grass and floral notes with a mild sweetness of honey. Oak, yeast, and earthy tones give a nice complexity. Lightly bitter with more bread and malt flavor than expected.
M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.
O: Wasn’t too sure about this one from the nose, but the flavor was good and I enjoyed it.