Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with light oak notes. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some funky notes and some oak notes. Limited acidity with just enough complexity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting flavors with good level of complexity.
superspak (4403) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9, 2014 vintage. Pours fairly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity, of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness and fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from acidity and yeast spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, and slightly grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour saison style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. This had a lot of similarities to many Gueuze I’ve had in the past, but still had nice spicy saison character as expected. A highly enjoyable offering.
melush (2576) - SPAIN - DEC 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 37,5cl / Botella 37,5cl.
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A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio.
T/S: Yeast, citrusy, fruity, sour / Levadura, citrico, afrutado, agrio.
nilsas (3153) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lukt: Syrlig høy og gjær.
Skum/kullsyre: Lite skum.
Smak: Syrlig høy.
Hvor: Nydt@Ølsmaking hos Bryne med Geir og Untapped Erik.
Medium: Flaske@375ml, ABV@6,2%, Når@12.12.2015
Gachupines (1231) - USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color with little to no head. Aroma is very tart with mild pepper. Flavor is tart up front with a bit of pepper underneath.
GarrettB (1393) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 31st, 2013 - Last of the three Crooked Stave beers to welcome in the New Year, and it’s supposedly the strongest, and more likely to wallop the palate. Good thing too, as the previous two sours have already put me on my heels, but there’s enough capacity to take on the Surette. Immediately out of the glass the smell is brighter, shining, and as the Japanese would say, "pikapika." Cherries are stirred in and mixed with a pungent acidity, and etched onto an oak board. The influence of the wood is clear here in the nose, and as I dip in for for the first sip, I expect it to show there, too. On the tongue this is much less a saison (thus, saison in name only0 and more like a fair-haired Flemish Sour ale, mostly on the front or fore taste. Closer to the aftertaste there’s a watered and weak saison grain blend, but then the soul of the Flemish Sour Ale returns in the aftertaste, slow and simmering and patient, belaboring the exquisite flavor inside this carefully crafted beer. It’s the weirdest of the three Crooked Staves I enjoyed tonight, but even in its eccentricity, I enjoyed it deeply. And with that a final cheers to 2013, and optimism about beers in the future for 2014.
andrewje41 (2619) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle poured. Thanks Thomas for the bottle. Pours a light golden with little head. Oaky, perfect tartness to it. Big yeast character with a hint of a champagne side. Dry finish. Cream body. Wonderful flavor. Incredible.
SeniorZozo (1037) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting session at Only Good Beer Budapest. Pours light orange with a little white head. Aroma of Brett, wood, grapes,funk. Taste is Brett, tart, sour berries, white vine light wood notes. Very tarty Saison
smith4498 (3488) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy dark golden color with white head. Tart cherry aroma with some wood. Mild sour cherry flavor with some oak and vinous notes. Medium body with lively carbonation. Good stuff.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with cloudy tangerine edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Musty, funky aroma with wild bugs, damp oak and a subtle sweet vinous barrel presence. Strong citric acidity with zesty lemon juice, acetic vinegar, lactic cheesiness, pale malt, bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some peppery clove in there as well but the acidic character, barrel notes and vinous fruits stand out. Almost Gueuze like with a subtle horseblanket smell along with lactic funk, wild bugs, damp earth, dry oak and dusty cobwebs. Some bread/yeast as well as hints of apple, pear and lemon rind. The vinous presence is there but not as strong as in the Vieille with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Decent but something is lacking that I can’t quite put my finger on.
On the lighter end of medium body with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and prominent acidic sourness that lingers over the earthier flavors and vinous barrel notes into a dry, acetic finish. Feels more like an American wild ale with little saison character to speak of. There is some funk but I’m guessing it’s from the bugs and acidity. Vinous barrel presence really stands out with dry oak and sweeter fruit notes, especially apricot and dark berries. Lots of zesty lemon acidity dominating the flavor with lingering acetic vinegar in the finish. Not harsh or solvent like but makes the beer feel a bit one dimensional. Pretty much just tart citrus acidity, dry oak, subtle vinous fruit and lingering acetic acid. Refreshing and somewhat drinkable but not very complex or interesting.