MiP (14519) - 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.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shenandoah Throwdown, growler, thanks kramer. Small off-white head atop cloudy orange body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/floral, some yeast. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/yeast, orange. Medium body, low carbonation.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper yellow color with a frothy white head. Hazy. Aromas of citrus, spices, some funkiness, and musty. Tastes of citrus, citrus rinds, spices, and pepper. Lacing left on glass.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of kramer at Shenandoah Throwdown. Poured a fully translucent glowing yellow with a thin white head. Zesty, Bretty, drying/desert hops, floral/perfumey hops. Taste is lemon zest, citrus peels, potpourri, herbal medley. Palate is fully dry. Excellent saison.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of Kramer at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a lightly hazed milky gold with a thin white head. Musky and fuzzy, nice lemon, though a bit faint, and some musky. Grassy and tangy. Finishes dry with a light crisp bitterness.
jredmond (6517) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours a hazy yellow with nice carbonation and thin white head. Aroma is tart citrus, spice, funk, and wheat. Mouthfeel is great - very smooth and refreshing with notes of tart, citrus, orange Peel, lemon, spice, and honey.
nimbleprop (6166) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.
kramer (5435) - 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.