hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Murky golden ale with a huge, pillowy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma offers white pepper, pale malts and is that a rumor of smoke? Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet with a lot of pale malt character and a hint of anise. Finishes grainy, lightly bitter and tongue numbing. Kudos to Maltzilla for sharing this rarity with the south Florida crew!
JorisPPattyn (7305) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fully hazy orange beer with a thick, cream-coloured head. Bit vinous nose, alcohol, fusels, some spices, and aromatic hops, smelling of exotic fruit and dried apricots - apricotbrandy, even. But unfortunately, a slight waft of coriander there as well. The poison creeps everywhere... Bit of musk, certainly warming up. Celery - celerisalt, even - white whine, rhubarb, dried apricots, (bread)yeast, coriander. White sultanas in the finish. Not exactly the taste(s) I look for in beer, but the complexity is truly staggering. Musk returns retronasal. Well-bodied & slick; hides the 10% utterly, even if after a glass or two, the warming creeps in. Qua complexity, it’s a tour de force . It would have been the same flavourwise, as well as in matters of balance, if Dany had left out the infernal weed. This beer is a delight to discover, but a toil to finish a bottle...
MikeJslc (468) - Utah, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold, hazy, fluffy white head. Aroma of pilsner malt, light fruity notes of grape, pear, light peppery spice, unique earthy character. Flavor features pilsner malt, some grapefruit citrus, light pepper, and an interesting, hard to describe oily/rubber note (sounds negative but it's not) mixed in with musty/cellar character. Very unique.
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douglas88 (4461) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 750. Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head. A sweet lemon and citrus, rich malt. A big rich Belgian ale with pepper, smooth dry, fluffy, caramel, very sweet. Lingering bitterness.
lushawn (2644) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a creamh orange mango hue with a huge, towering offwhite head. Notes of cotton candy, dry crusty bread, candy, toasted marshmellows. Dry. Big time carbonation. Alc well hidden. Big blonde belgian strong ale. good for what it is, but not my fave style.
thirdeye11 (4978) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye at RBWG) cloudy gold-orange pour with soapy offwhite bubbles. Nose of wet wood, tart cranberry and honey. Taste of cranberry, tart orange, very drinkable and well carbonated. Awesome saison.
BoBoChamp (4176) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, Vintage 2011 (golden foil), new exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, floral/sweet and slightly bitter/spicy, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet very expensive!
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 bottle conditioned 750ml, 2011 (gold foil). billowy tall white head with lasting retention. heavy minerallic and phenolic nose of banana match sticks / sulfur and gravel / dry concrete; strongly peppery and musty with a touch of what seems to be smoked malt. the boldness and surprise is what captivates me so much. medium-full body with rich and chewy banana and candy sugar with a touch of muddled tropical fruits, and it’s surprisingly dry - not at all what I would expect from 10%. highly bitter, highly dry, medium-high acid, intensely musty. honestly quite hard to wrap my head around.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with white head. Lemongrass, mint, coriander, pale malt aromas. Medium bodied. Lightly tart lemon flavors with honey, herbal sweetness, and coriander, clove spices in a pale malt base brew--very good
theblindshaman (6) - Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Average example of a saison in the funkier style. A bit of smoke in the middle. Pours cloudy with a long finish.
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