Carfi (293) - RakovnŪk, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pleasantly bitter, fruity taste and succeeds beautifully drives away thirst, no alcohol smell. Really good beer, for me, yet one of the best Iíve ever tasted
Slayer85 (1027) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 750 ml bottle. A hazy medium to dark blonde beer, with a large, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (bread), moderately hoppy (grass, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (earth, hint of barnyard), with notes of pepper, other spices and herbs and a touch of citric fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and lingering finish with moderate to heavy bitterness. Stunning beer, clean, balanced, complex. Only lightly funky, but with an amazing long lasting clean and herbal bitterness. Dupont oriented saison and at the same level of the master. Definately one of the most underrated beers from one one of the finest and most underrated breweries in Belgium.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Towering white foam lasts eternally over the mysteriously hazy pure gold. Beautifully rustic farmhouse aroma exploding with grassy hay, wild flowers and tropical esters. As this warms up, this never becomes the most intense aroma out there, but itís alluring and charming in its farmy evocations and confident balance. In mouth, a citrusy snap immediately refreshes the mouth as expansive bubbles carry an earthy minerality down the throat, marching hand in hand with a balanced spicy and herbal bitterness. Exquisite balance with just the right amount of acidity enhancing the already convincing freshness impression provided by the pure and straightforward pils malts and elegant noble hops. I expected a strong effort by such a trustworthy brewery as De Ranke, but Iím speechless and actually find that this bottle is nothing short of world-class and my favourite new beer Iíve had in years. Saison lovers should adore.
ArtursKarklins (11) - LATVIA - MAR 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[0.3 bottle, served: beer glass]
This has been quite a long time one of my favorites in general, and I guess best Saison alike, Iíve tried.
Appearance: beautiful yellow color(just like on that bottle label) full of beer precipitate in glass. I like!
Aroma: some minimal citrus alike hops/yeast, but very light and pleasant smell. I guess, this time, I left the beer for too long in refrigerator, as it was a bit too cold, so thatís why the aroma was bit "lower" than previous times.
Taste: sweetish sour taste, with some outstanding bitterness in aftertaste. I really havenít found this kind of bitterness in other beer, and thatís the reason I really like this one.
A side note: Iím really looking forward to see the outcome of our local ALEhouse "Prima Donna" Saison style beer, that Iíve waited already, I guess 3-4 months.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml July 2010 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, lemon peel, gum, and mint. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. An absolutely brilliant rendition, and completely in the Saison Dupont style. Clean, bright, enticing, and wonderfully balanced. About as good as it gets.
DanielBrown (3481) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester. Bright gold, dry scent. Really excellent. A quite exceptional balance of dry, wheat, sweet prickle and perfume. Sensational. A Saison to challenge Dupont - something which is almost unthinkable.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Complete rewrite for a 750ml bottle, much better than the good 330ml I drank fresh while in Belgium. Raising my score from 3.9 to 4.4
In short: A by-the-book rustic and dry blonde Saison. Fantastic
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when more than one year before expiration date.
The look: A bit of a gusher. Cloudy dark yellow body topped by a large white head
In long: Nose is a very rustic, dusty attic and wild countryside field, dry grassy hops and a little spiciness. Body if dense and foamy with a lively carbonation, perfect mouthfeel. Taste is crisp cereals, a bit of hay and fortune cookies, wild yeast, lemongrass, pineapples, dry grassy noble hops. Finish is very dry with a mild but long bitterness. This one has the type of non-aggressive dryness and bitterness that makes you want another sip just after swallowing. This is text-book example of the style, and since I am a Saison lover this was a pure joy to drink. The easy to drink Saison style is also informally called ďtable beerĒ in Belgium. But donít ask me how they get tables to ferment.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold. Voluminous pasty white-foam adorns the glass with thick lacework. Complex yet delicate aroma of herbaceous hops (aniseed, Russian sage, lemon verbena), white pepper, Juicy Fruit gum, and minerals. Touch of peach, dried pineapple and plasticlike phenols. Snug, explosive carbonation. Airy and snappy with a captivating fusion of herbal hops and minerals teamed with background suggestions of white pepper and dusty yeast. Earthy hop bitterness climaxes with notable grace to deliver a poignant, cleanly defined punch. Left in its bitter wake is a trail of nectarlike sweetness which gorgeously dovetails with vibrant lemon verbena and lilac. Vivacious and deeply peppery, throughout, augmented by impeccable attenuation and a pinch of Dupontlike sulfur. Pineapple and fluffy notes of gum bolster the bodyís core. Malt is appropriately nestled in the background, echoing the hops with a crunchy toasted-cracker snap. Closes complexly hoppy with lingering dusty yeast and Juicy Fruit gum. At 5.5% ABV, Iíll merrily gulp this night and day. Another rustic charmer from the golden-ale gurus.
hopheadit (1) - USA - JAN 27, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good smell of fine hops,beatifull well balanced taste and a verry good drinkability
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
call me crazy, but i thought this was pretty darn nice. ultra rustic funk farmhouse grass. sharp. sitting out on a summer day barnyard, toast, and lemongrass smells. bright herbal lemon and hay. nice, saison. right up my alley. gotta try this again sometime.