JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden pour. The nose is softly tart with a kiss of light lactic acidity on the back. Soft wheat and a bit of flinty earthy Bretty funk. Dry/tart mouthfeel with an almost minty finish. Soft fruit, spice and a lingering earthiness. Funky up front with some lingering hoppiness. Really damn tasty.
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A very wild/rustic Saison with a lots of flowers and lots of very tart fruits. Intense and original. Excellent.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: The nose is very rustic (borderline funky) with fruits and a flower bouquet. Taste packs a lot of crisp cereals, a lot of tart fruits (white grapes, pineapples, etc.) and lots of lemon skin. The beer is also full of flowers, dandelions comes to mind but the flower taste is more complex than that. I just don’t eat flowers on a regular basis so I don’t know. A lot of flowers anyway. Herbs and grass too. The rustic level is very high, almost bretty. The tartness is rather commanding and makes it a beer to drink slowly. I could have done without the light white grape sourness but overall this is quite a creation. I thought it was excellent and my girlfriend (another Saison freak) liked it even more than I and thought it was one of the best beer she ever had. Once in a while I find my girlfriend has good taste. These instances and rare and far between but they nonetheless make me feel better about myself.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to Kramer for sharing at Shenandoah throwdown 2010. Pours a hazed golden with almost a green tinge? With a nice massive pure white head sticky with lace. Aroma is earthy bready malts, phenolic yeast, some leather tones, grassy and weedy, yeast, almost dusty dirty and cake batter? Flavor is a nice mix of blaugies and dupont spicy phenolics, light fruit, good malt profile, light bread, grassy and herbal hops, spicy herbs as well with some slight orange and lemon soapiness though, Seems to get a bit oily and messy towards the end with a moderate drying finish. Not bad.
nimbleprop (4979) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a totally clear, bright gold with zero head. Nose of citrus juice, tart apples, a little hay, a touch of funk, flowers. Flavor is sweet, tart, apples, pears, candy sugar, perfume, a little apple cider. Finish is medium bodied and lightly tart. Very complex but really drinkable too.
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, at brewery. Very cloudy pour, yellow in color, with a small white head that fell to a wispy minimal film. Great herbal and fruity nose with lots of botanicals and great yeastiness. Some nice earthy notes. The flavor is very bretty, tons of tropical fruits, some herbal notes, very yeasty with a nice dry mouthfeel. Very much not a traditional Saison, but it is pretty damn tasty. Longe lingering bretty finish with some nice botanical notes.
MiP (13664) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, 7.5% at the brewpub. Mild citric aroma. Cloudy yellow colour. Small white head. Good citric flavour, mild sweetness, lots of Brett. Nicely bitter aftertaste. Flavourful and well-balanced.
cpetrone84 (1448) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at the brewery.
A-pours a straw hazy yellow with a thin pure white head.
S-the nose has a good bit of brett, bandaid and light funk, yeast, lemon and citrus.
T-the brett dominates the flavors with the bandain and a light musky funk, a yeasty presence with notes of lemon juice and citrus.
M-grainy on the palate, medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.
D-the brett seems to dominate the saison qualities and overpowers those yeasty citrusy flavors I like in a saison. If your looking for lots of brett though this would be right up your alley!
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Oxidized, crushed apple flavor, autolyzed yeast. Fruity, celery aroma, spicy. Lots of fruit overall, fairly unkempt. Flavors don’t mesh for me: nothing quite works. I feel like Bullfrog can do better. To me, this is a pretty typical American failure of a saison. It lacks either the dryness of a Dupont or the wild, tart complexity of a Fantome. Just kind of middling, underattenuated, all of the place spicy/herbal/floral with no clear aim.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap @ bullfrog. Citrusy hopped and fruity tart. peppery, sweet caramel and crackery malts with plenty of funk and mustiness. Piney, floral hops, lemony zest. Hops sticks to the tongue. Medium body and refreshing. above average, but not incredible.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a very cloudy yellow grayish orange with a frosty medium sized white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of light lemon, Brett yeast, and light funk. Taste of watery Brett yeast, lemony zest and funk.