ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Moan and Dove, Péché Mortel release party, 2/25/05. Served out of a tumbler between 47-52 degrees.
Hazy goldenrod appearance, with some light coppers and brilliant orange hues in the background. Small, but somewhat lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet pilsener malt, honey, light cream and tons of spicy, lightly earthy, dry hops (Saaz indeed!). Some light apple and just a slight touch of citrus, with a drying effect from the coriander on the end. Pretty fantastic aroma, methinks. Flavor begins with a sweet, lightly syrupy (maybe sticky is a better word) malt base with almonds, tart apples, and dry, but not really overly bitter hops. Finishes with a big kick of herbs and yeast. Good thick (for a saison) body, with a wonderful aerated texture and nice chewy yeast on the end. A bit dry/astringent on the end, no doubt from the hops and coriander, but it really is drinkable, and far less sweet than I was expecting (J.F. told me it was too sweet). Really good saison, I don’t think the hops detract much, perhaps could use a little less, but what a fabulous mouthfeel.
Eructoblaster (2855) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Superb gold/orange hazy body topped with a lasting white foamy head. Complex aroma of malt, hops (Saaz), grain and fruits (mainly citrus), with some notes of coriander. Robust hoppy taste with many floral, herbal, fruity and spicy hints. Long and solidly bitter finish. Wonderful Saison! I need one more!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus, pepper, spicy, earthy hop nose. Hazy golden colour with deeper copper tones is topped by fluffy, white, large-bubbled head that recedes slowly to generous and lasting cover with some lacing. Citrus (lemon) and spices are assertive also in the mouth with notes of floral, earthy, herbal and spicy hop flavour and quite strong hop bitterness leading to a long dry finsh. Medium-light body with strong carbonation that pricks the tongue. So good, I had to have another. I had no choice. On tap at the brewpub.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden ale. Generous foamy head like a white meringous. Smooth belgian yeast lets the strong coriander seed component take you aback at first, but luckily, it does fade away a bit as it warms and develops a broader aroma range. Lemony hops shine in there, as approachable as it gets. Not too sweet fortunately. On the tongue, it is highly floral and does dry out immensely from sip to sip though the bitterness is restrained at first, it gets almost sandy later. Saazy nature, herbal, citrusy.I know the difficulty to pick flavors out can be called balance and be desirable, but I seem to prefer an ease and picking out... Smooth and mellow malty palate. Medium bodied. Creamy large bubbles tingle on the tongue, never too biting and create an airy garden. I’m still undecided as whether this helps the flavors or not. A beer for everyone, a saison.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy golden yellow projects ample coriander milkiness, wheaty banana esters and a herbaceous character when warming up. Celeri and imaginary saltiness are wonderfully suggested amidst the corpulent aroma, exciting the novelty-loving tastebuds.
A beautifully tender and supple body proposes vivacious and ambivalent bitterness, coming from many fronts, such as green hoppiness, hay, orange zest and citrusy fruit juice. All are scrumptiously blended with the help of a doughy weizen-like yeast and crunchy cereals. Superb.
Running through a rogue wheat field, not being afraid of getting hit, brushed and caressed by all things growing within.