j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as a bonus in the growler swap courtesy of gription. Thanks Dallas! Pours a hazed gold with a medium to large creamy white head. Acid and funk hit the nose from a distance, backed with bright pear and tart apple. A touch cheesy, sweet wheat and yeast. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, light sweetness. A hint of funk and then a whole mouthful of brett. Big and bold, lots of brett and green apple acid. Bready and warm, a touch of warming alcohol into large phenolic yeast notes, estery and warm. More earthy brett. Warming alcohol again on the finish, light sweetness, more chewy fruit and big fat yeast. Easy drinking, playful and interesting. Quite enjoyed this.
theisti (3857) - Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by John. The pour is hazed gold, with a smallish off white head. The aroma is soft lemon, along with a lot of the yeast. Barnyard, dirt and sweat. The taste is some malt up front, followed by sharpness of the lemon, then opens up to the Brett yeast - barnyard, hay, floral. The flavor had less of the dirt and sweat of the nose, fortunately. The palate is lighter to medium bodied, active carbonation and a clean dry finish. Nice, thanks for sharing John.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of brett in it, as well as some lacto notes, which are complimented by the wheat and lemon characteristics. The flavor has quite a bit of brett and leathery funk it in, with some wheat and a little bit of green pepper and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very odd beer, but one I found pretty enjoyable.
bu11zeye (12697) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, release #1) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of yogurt, barnyard, grass, and lemon. Flavor of brett, herbs, grass, hay, wood, and sweet tarts.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Pours a neon yellow-orange with a small head. Nose and flavor are both marked by very bright and fruity brett characteristics, apricot, orange flesh, grapefruit, touches of lemon-lime. Maybe lacking the bready, funky characteristics that really set the upper echelon of this style ahead of the pack. Delicious and quenching, but not quite as complex as I was hoping.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, pale, just-off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a bright, pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells like musty Brettanomyces, a hint of medicinal plastic, lemon grass, dried straw, an ample green apple note, pale cracker like malt, and a hint of herbal character. The green apple note starts to get almost candy like in its character if you really start digging around in the nose.
Softly creamy, with some effervescence, the beer is definitely light and quaffable. Green apple like fruitiness accentuates a perceived sweetness in this otherwise dry beer. There is a pale cracker like chewiness here, as well as a touch of clean wheat baguette breadiness, and some straw like notes that speak to the grain character. The phenolic, musty, Brettanomyces character is here, especially towards the finish were it lingers on the palate; having said that, this beer still manages to be quite clean somehow. As the beer warms up the green apple character becomes a bit more balanced by the grain character; it is still quite prominent, but doesn’t quite get to annoying levels like it almost did at first.
Somehow this beer tastes exceedingly clean, despite being brewed with Brettanomyces it is lacking the necessary rusticity to make this great; it has me wondering if this was overly filtered. This has some potential, but ultimately doesn’t quite seem to get where I would have liked; having said that, this is still a decent beer that is nice enough to drink.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pale golden, lots of fine sediment floating about, large frothy white head, nice lacing. Strong bretty nose, seems also a bit woody. Interesting, bretty on the tongue, some bright floral notes, and also a champagne like flavor, perhaps white wine like. A very interesting brew to say the least. Clean, a bit sweet up front, tart in the back, becoming a little dry. Also has some aspects of Cider. Body and moutheel are moderate. Hides its alcohol well, albeit it does get a little warming if you sip it too fast. Good brew, well balanced, nothing is over bearing. Wished the brett and dryness were a touch stronger tho, help with the finish.
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Nothing makes a beer more enjoyable then sharing with a good friend. A wonderful presence of Brett ( but not overwhelming ) mixed with lemon aromas. This beer held its head thru out my tasting. A little sweetness mixed with citrus flavors, followed by a mild dryness. What a great combination of Saison and Brett. Hardly any sourness. Very refreshing and would buy more, but a little on the pricey side. June 22, 2012.
Rls #4. 9.1% Bright luminous clear pale gold color. Like the earlier releases, with more vinous flavors
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle, shared by my bud, Joel. Pour is hazy yellow, with big white head which sticks around for the duration of the pour. Aroma is barnyard funk, citrus, with big lemon notes. Taste is bitter up front, followed by lemon and lesser citrus, with a nice tartness. Finish is tart, sour and funky with a lingering bitterness. Very nice saison. Good job on this one.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really enjoyed this one! 14 karat pour with a nice ivory head. Musty, dusty, dirty, dank. Little peppery, touch of spice, some citrus, bit yeasty. The brett definitely adds an interesting dynamic. Almost get some sage and coriander. Delicious and refreshing!