JorisPPattyn (9393) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample in less than perfect condition, Rel. #5 8.9% Almost no head; faintly veiled ochre-golden beer. Sourish, flowery, green fruit, natural perfume, lactic acid. Sourish, but also spicy/herbal flavours, pharmaceutical herbs. Light body, strange slickness, faint oily feel. Despite the leftover, still excellent sour ale, perfumey and delicate, Bretts unlike the ones I’m used from the States. Many thanks to L & M V!
77ships (7680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Sir Goatie McGoat S&G Tasting”. Thank you Mathieu87 and/or PriorL! Dark hazy orange with no head. Nose is massive sour citrus, sour lemon peel. Taste is big sour lemon, sour yoghurt, some yeast, vinegar, light yeast, puckering. Body is a bit yeasty. Very simple, enjoyable, decent.
AirForceHops (6081) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sunset Grill and Tap Alston, MA. Crystal clear appearance, total and complete clarity, light head retention.
Flavor has lasting Brettanomyces character throughout the sip. Traces of oak, light Funk in the finish. Body is correct for a golden Belgain ale. And even if you feel like it isn’t complex that is fine because it has a pretty good drinkable quilaty. Well made.
jc1762 (656) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a teku showing moderately filtered honey gold with sparse foam. Surprisingly little head for a saison but it is barrel aged.
The nose shows a lot of brett and most likely white wine barrels given the Sauvignon Blanc profile in the background (think grapefruit, slight catspee, and tart citric notes).
The palate is full bodied and very gently carbonated. A lot of flavors. Begins with brett funkiness and a very gentle tartness with fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, and pear. The mid palate shows off more of the same white wine flavors described above - tart citric notes and grapefruit. The finish is surprisingly malty - a lot of sweet roasted corn. Upon the linger, the same sweet pear flavors appear on the palate once again. Given the lack of a full head and the high ABV doesn’t really fit the saison style, I must say this has been an extremely pleasant surprise.
ogre71 (300) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #8 9.1%abv a very good golden ale easy to drink smooth. Lightly hopped not bitter, would recommend.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with yellowish-gold hues and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. A bit lighter/paler than expected but otherwise looks very inticing.
Musty aroma with a strong funky brett presence that nicely complimented by earthy farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, ester-y light fruit and boozy sweetness. Smells surprisingly similar to Orval but a little less funky and with a delicate vinous wine barrel character. There’s a touch of damp oak along with sweet vinous fruit, especially grape, cider and pear. Some peppery spice along with bread, wild bugs and pale biscuit-like malt. The nose of this beer is very inviting with a great balance of wine barrel, farmhouse funk and wild yeast.
On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a prominent wine barrel presence that slightly overwhelms the saison flavors. Along with the barrel notes, there’s a delicate brett character that compliments the funky farmhouse yeast. The brett/wild yeast isn’t as strong as the nose suggests which is kind of a disappointment because it was so pleasant in the aroma. The barrel flavors are pleasant with some dry, charred oak and sweet vinous fruit but the saison/farmhouse notes are somewhat buried and the brett character is minimal. Lots of vinous and light fruit sweetness with light grape, apple, pear and banana. There’s a touch of bubblegum and some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is decently masked. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and lacking in complexity. This was a promising collaboration but the barrel notes are too strong for my liking, overpowering the brettanomyces strains and farmhouse funk.
b33r (843) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 2014 9.3% on tap at epic. Bright gold with light head and little lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich bretty, yeasty, sweet, earthy, oak notes- wonderful!
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release #1 thx Sledutah...pours a golden yellow color with a quick dissipating head. Aromas of sour funk with some wood notes. Tastes almost guezelike...
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light golden color. Aroma and taste are funk and fruit.
degbert (1661) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Release 6. Pours a clear gold with just a hint of gooseberry green; there is a lot of visible carbonation and the head is white, mixed-grain, mashed-potato fluffy, with sticky lace. Nose is stone fruit, yeast, barnyard, winery floor, old barrels, hard cheese, and acetic acid. On the tongue, it starts off with earth, dirt, mushrooms, and tart gooseberries -- much tastier than it sounds, I promise -- then shifts into washed-rind cheese, white wine vinegar, bitter herbs, and anise/fennel. Finish is long, warm, and acidic. The sourness, far from being dominant, is a complementary component to the gnarly earthy flavors, and it’s a marriage that works quite well.