Leighton (8645) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. From Dranken Geers. Pours clear, deep and bright gold with a strong, creamy head. Lots of bread and cereal in the nose, hints of hay and sugar. Big sweet flavor, plenty of lightly toasted bread, hints of honey, mellow orange. Medium to full. Bodied with average carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, lots of bready malts, a bit more honey, white bread, mellow hay bitterness. Nice stuff.
Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore during Belgianfest 2013. Earthy and musky, but in the right way. Dries fruit, brown sugar and a slightly sour finish.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl. traditional green bottle @ home. Porchused from Willems. Very loud pop when opening but no gusher. Cork says 2011 on it – so 2011 Vintage? Pours a cloudy / murky heavily brown amber with a very creamy white head. Smell is incredible, wonderfully EU hoppy, sweet tangerine, biscuit, delicious caramel and sticky toffee, dried orange peel, flowers,… reminds me a bit of the finest fresh Orval bottles I have had. Taste is sweet caramel, dried orange peel, tangerines, light floral, EU hoppy, brown sugar, sticky toffee, alcoholic flourishes, light grass, very fruity, nectar, nectarines,… boozy. Full, perfect carb. Incredible, one of the best I have had so far. Wonder if this beer is always this excellent or I just got lucky because some of the bottles of regular saison I have had, have been one of the finest beers ever, like ever and others were just infected or not as good etc. At this price, I may need to investigate further because this is stellar.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. Aroma is rich and malt with a lot of dark fruit notes, vinous with plum and Concord grape juice. Candy-like. Dark golden amber clear with thin lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts malty and slightly sweet. Dark fruit sweetness with mild orange notes and grape juice. Finish is light bitter with good sweet notes and nutty bitterness. Tasty.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma is earthy, musty, old berries and cellar. Slight fruit notes. Mildew? Flavor is murky, more cellar, musty. Interesting but not my favorite.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours musky amber brown with bone white head. Nice lacing. Nose and taste of musky berry fruit, yeast, earthy malt, caramel, brown sugar and dark breads. Medium body.
kevd193213 (822) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Cloudy brown pour with a thick off white frothy head. Medium body with hints of caramel, brown sugar, yeast/bread with some nice spices in the finish.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 750ml bottle split with Anndiesel. Unfiltered golden-orange body, Fluffy, thick, creamy white head. Pretty much nails it, this is a great beer. Big, but not unpleasant malt backbone with a pronounced dry,lemony hop balance. A little stronger than I associate Bierre De Garde, Sweet too, with a touch of honey. Biting up front, rich and lusciously sweet finish. Lots of depth, yet it all comes together quite concisely, this is really a solid offering. Some sour wheat/straw tones, reminiscent of Orval in a sense, but bigger, maltier. Mellow brown chocolate notes come out when the bottom of the bottle has been poured..I’d guess this would be a hard beer to gauge and appreciate with a 2oz sample.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a rustic amber copper with a large bubbly off white head and a moderate lacing. The nose has a fair bit of yeast and peppery spice, dusty farmhouse notes with a lemon twang and lightly toasted biscuit to balance. Taste has less yeast to it, still nice and spicy in back lingering through the finish with toasted grains and lightly doughy malt body with a faint citrus hop in behind. Medium body with a creamy palate and assertive dry finish. Drinks more like a saison.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blue monk, copper pour. Fruity forward flavor, Light bubblegum, medium maltiness. Active mouthfeel, good beer