olsvammel (3934) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fresh and fruity taste and smell with ripe apples. Also a light spicy aroma. Strong carbonation and noticable but not very strong bitterness.
ForlornHope (180) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma won’t be to everyone’s taste with sour, sharp, earthy aromas. Pours a pale orange colour. Taste is exceptional, sharp and bitter with peppery, earthy hop giving a lot of bitterness with very little sweetness to balance. Average carbonation, the finish is long and bitter. Overall a fine beer. Not for those with a sweet tooth, the hopping is superb but achieving great balance.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 October 2010, bottle age unknown. sparkling gold body, tall white head, lasting retention. instant juicy fruit/bubble gum yeast esters and somewhat surprisingly high pale belgian candy sugar character clutter what would otherwise be a decent smelling beer: lightly floral, pillowy, moderately spicy phenols... but instead this is all covered with crystalline/sugared bubble gum esters. delicate and silky body, more sweet than I prefer saison, and again, dominated by bubble gum notes. will have to revisit. 6/4/6/4/14, 3.4
And then I did revisit... August 2014, bottled May 2014, 10 weeks old, 33cl bottle fresh from Dottignies. Lemon / herb hop nose, rustic yeast that’s just a tad rubbery. Dry (I don’t know how I got sugar and bubble gum), acidic, quenching, bitter and hoppy, astounding nice, gulpable... wow.... 4/8/4/8/16, 4.0
Garrold (2332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Hazy, dark straw colour. Tidy, thin, white head. Yeasty dough. Lemon zest. Some light, peppery spice. Hint of buttery biscuit. Taste is yeasty dry. Spicy dry. Light tartness. A light, biscuit sweetness ties things up nicely. Fresh, tart, lively palate. Finish is spicy dry, with a fairly lengthy, bitter end. Punches well above it’s weight.
Oldmanriver (58) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden straw in color with aroma of Pepper, coriander, oranges and typical fruity Belgian yeast phenolics.
Lots of White pepper
Slightly spicy vegetal/grassy.
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hay. Cloudy orange with ok head and lacing. Not much floral hops here. Light bitter finish. Tap at Churchkey.
Silvan7 (821) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home. Giallo ambrato velata con schiuma bianca fine e poco persistente. Aroma intenso speziato, quasi pepato e di coriandolo. Frumento presente, ma anche agrumi , pompelmo su tutti. Gusto inizialmente abboccato poi secco nell evoluzione. Acidità presente ma non tale da renderla poco beverina. Grande equilibrio, un po’ spigolosa, non molto calda ed abbastanza carbonata.
Niksko (441) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy muddy orange with a fluffy off white head. Nose is quite dank and barnyardy. A little spice (clove), a touch of blue cheese, some horse blanket, a touch of citrus. Flavor is quite complex. Some hay, slightly dusty, wet earth, slightly piney, a tiny bit of apple. Overcarbonated, but the body is medium. I like this style of saison for some reason. It’s not radically different to other saisons I’ve had recently, but it has much more dank and funky flavors.
Holmen2 (1646) - NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden. White head and lacing. A bit of citrus, gras and pepper in aroma. Fine bitterness in taste, well balanced with malt. Good drinkability.
deanso (6320) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ De Grote Witte Arend.
thin creamy white head. Very hazy golden blond pour. Some pepper. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.