JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Am I truly the first one to rate this? Oh ye cruel gods!
Foxy-brown, hazy, yeast in suspension. Very thick head, nearly gushing. Nose of apples, lactic acid, ironoxide, horsey. Taste is yeasty, ironoxide, lactic acid, lemony & barnyard aroma’s. Sample a bit aged (2 yrs.), hence some oxidized, ’biscuit’ tones. Extremely refreshing, medium bodied. "Martzen" is a stronger, bottle-conditioned version ot the year-round ’Tonneke’. Brewed with the March water, which, according to the brewer, is ’in bloom’.One of Belgium most complex, most underrated, and least-known classics. One of my absolute all-time favourites. One of Belgium’s big losses to come in the near future. DRINK THIS! Incidentally this brewery has also one of Belgiums’ best artisanal pilseners.
<P> Re rating Above was for the predecessor; known as "Maartse" or "Märzen". More than just the name and the ABV changed. The following is for the Mars Especial, which is no longer a Flemish brown, but another Belgian ale.
<P>Colour: Golden -amber beer; thick, dissipating head. 4/5 Nose: with ambrée and crystal malts, cookies. 7/10 Taste is very young, like concentrated vegetable matter, as from insect secretion. Rather moderate acidity with faint lactic touch. 7/10 Medium bodied at best. Slight burning sensation 3/5 regrettably much less distinctive than the original. But no doubt produced following more "learned" and "Eu-approved" methods. O tempora, o mores. 14/20 </P>
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Slightly aged. Amber coloured with huge head. Extremely complex aroma. Notes of mango, coriander leaves, lemon grass, acid and other stuff. Very refreshing flavour with notes of iron and acid. A truly great brew. Thanks Joris.
schuimkroaat (416) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 33 cl bottle, bbe Jan 07. Deep amber, abundance of large bubbles; hefty and stable, rocky head with a good lace. Aroma: caramel, lightly fermented plums, old bread, some light woody notes and very gentle hops. Taste: malty with light caramel and a good, slightly acidic fruity (apples? oranges?) background. The long, dry aftertaste mixes sharp hop bitterness with nut oils. A very good balance. Almost greasy on the palate, slightly astringent and well carbonated.
Jerre (2672) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, oct. ’05. Amber brown, quite decent white head. Aroma from dark fruits and malts. Medium body. Sweet-ish flavour with a little spicyness. Malts here too. Good.
Linnet (1103) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big off-white head, cloudy golden colour. Smell is yeasty, spicy, hints of lemon there is some hops in the nose as well. Flavour is yeasty, spicy and actually a bit hoppy. Mouthfeel is lively, medium bubbles. I had this a year ago and liked it an I still do!
Serving type: bottle
kraddel (3117) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home
Pours clear amber , good , fast fading white head .
Smell is sweet, fruity yeast .
Taste is yeasty , some sugar . Very fruity ( yeast ) , refreshing. Some grains . Unique and quite good ! surprisingly low ABV
omhper (19376) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear dark amber. Buttery malt aroma. Sweet with soft, rich, delicate malt character but also a wealth of carbonization. Grassy and lightly roasty. Overcarbonated, but what a fantastic malt flavour!
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
flemish sour ale? thought this is a saison beer! it’s brewed in marz. tasted at BPW6. aroma: fruity, malty, bit spicy. taste: sweetish, citrus, spices. finish is fruity, sourish, caramel notes and long. full bodied. nicely balanced.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 In short: A super nice Saison-like golden.
How: Bottle 33ml, consumed (probably) very fresh the day if purchase in Belgium
The look: Cloudy dark golden body topped by a large white head with low retention
In long: Nose is barnyard, dusty, musty, with citrus notes. This is a Saison alright. Taste is pleasantly dry with a strong spicy sensation. Very yeasty and the yeast has a strong barnyard dusty character the brings a sawdust sensation. Some citrus fruits, bubblegum and tropical fruits lighten up the beer. This beer feels a lot more like a Saison than Contreras own Saison (Valeir Extra). If anything this is an exemplary Saison that is not a Saison. Weird. I want more Contreras brews, especially especial.
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, aged 1 year.
Pours a dark orange to amber coloured beer. Pretty cloudy. Solid creamy off-white head. Smells a little dusty, ripe banana, figs and caramel. Full malty flavour, hints of caramel and wood. Ends a little acidic, but this might be the age (1y). Aftertaste is mostly caramel and roasted malts. Very little bitterness, again a little acidic finishing touch.