SSSteve (3879) - - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy pale golden color with a small white head. berry-like aroma with tartness and a metallic bitterness on the tip of the tongue. pale malt, honey, cereal malt flavors with a mild sourness and peach/apricot skin. very dry. lingering coiny note on the tip of tongue.
Malter_Sobchak (7) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours hazy golden, little to no head. solid brett aroma, lots of funk. light carbonation, very light and crisp. nice sourness without being overly acidic.
UrbanCaveman (115) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours a dark, hazy gold, the color of honey left sitting at room temperature until it crystallizes solid. Forms a relatively thin white head, which dies to a cap and ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass in the wake of the beer.
S: The aroma opens with fresh wheat, grass, and hone, before hints of light fruit waft in - melon and pear. There’s a faint mustiness present as well, though no wood character.
T: Tart and sour, this beer bites at the tongue on the opening and doesn’t relent until well after the swallow. Citrus and melon flavors roll through the sharpness, above a wheaten plain, before yielding way to a funk that seems not unlike mildewed oak and grass just before the finish. Said finish is quite dry, possibly the driest I’ve experienced from a beer. There’s a distinct coppery metallic tang in the aftertaste, as if the flavor tartness were sharp enough to draw blood from the tongue.
M: Sharp and light, with bite from both the flavors and the carbonation. This seems like a light, drinkable beer, but trying to quaff it quickly would bring tears to the eyes.
O: An excellent saison, delivering a complex flavor profile with a strong sour bite that seems less reliant on hops and more on yeast. Will repeat.
Duchammer (99) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured yellow orange with a quick diminishing light white head. Aroma was a light oak with subtle fruit undertones and then the funk. Nice crispy tart hit first on the pallet light malt and light oak finish. Nice crisp beer as I drink more the tartness gets a little overwelming.
Doofgoblin (378) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2014--batch 11. This is such a great beer: tart and funky with plenty of that aged quality! Pours a hazy golden color with a fleeting head. Aroma is basement, oak, tart floral fruit and wine. Taste is lemon zest, tart, funky, some vinegar with a faint yeast or spice. Finish is mostly tart and lactic with a subtle bitter note that clips the end.
kryon (1508) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with minimal white head
Lovely aromas of bretta, elderflower, hay, barnyard, wee bit honey,
Taste reaaly nice from sour grapes, garden flowers, hay, pine
olr1984 (1179) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at crooked stave pours a hazy orange with a large off white head. Tart orange and apricot taste.
Braudog (5939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Not sure why I spent as much as I did for this, especially after drinking it. Decent beer, but not worth the pricetag. Golden orange, flat as a 10 year old girl. Super tart, like SweetTart candy, puckeringly cloying, acidic and sweet at the same time. I could sell this as old lemonade to kids if it weren’t illegal to do that. Again, a decent rep, and can certainly see some fans behind this, but doesn’t stand out in an increasingly crowded field. (#5863, 11/17/2014)
northropfrye (2375) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Crooked Stave. Quite an expensive bottle at $13. Light orange body with white head and lacing, not much retention. Vinous aroma, a touch metallic and grainy. Taste is tart, dry and vinous, lactose, rhubarb. More of a sour ale than a typical saison. Not puckeringly sour Iike I prefer, but still a solid sour saison.
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and golden with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Fantastic, tight retention. Fruity, funky nose with lactic acidity, oak and a medley of stone fruits. Medium-bodied and exceptionally creamy with airy carbonation. The tart, lightly spicy flavor presents a mild, crusty bitterness that lingers longer than any other aspect. Bottle courtesy of Alden Bing at Orchid Island Brewery!