gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Pours dark, buff head. Sweet spicy aroma, tastes sweet christmas spices, touch of booze, some sharp wild acidity, dry finish, delicate balance.
MarcoDL (2959) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark beer, with a spicey aroma. Dry taste, with a taste of grassy yeast, forest herbs and some malt. Has too much alcohol, that wouldn’t be a problem if it’s hidden in the taste, but this doesn’t manage to do so. Still, an interesting beer.
Gerardgathier (512) - - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 This is too sweet, not as good as expected. Glucose aroma caramel yeasty taste
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
aenima (318) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Complex aroma of funk, peppar, honey. The taste is also complex with honey, peppar and caramel. Dry finish.
hawthorne00 (2874) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a large ivory head. Aroma is fruity and peppery with some toasty notes as well as damp hay. Sweet with hay, autumnal fruit, sourish oranges. Warming but not overtly boozy - really wouldn’t guess 10%. Dry and fairly bitter finish with rosewater and woody cloves, pepper. And then right at the end, banana. Interesting, perhaps a little heavy.
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Darker and spiced a little differently than most saisons. A touch of chocolate, light holiday spices, farmhouse yeast and hops. Nicely balanced and tasty. Slightly over carbonated but otherwise really nice."
Muggus69 (1553) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016
Deep orangey gold body with slight haze, holds a dense white foam.
Spicy aroma; pepper, coriander seed, nutmeg, cocoa, yellow raisins, banana, lychee(!?), bit of underlying funky sweat & barnyard,
Body is somewhat rich at first, drying out with warming alcohol & acidity, lively carbonation.
Plenty more spice on the body; woody herbs, peppercorns, biter orange peel, ripe fruits, dried fruits, firm woody bitterness with funky sweaty, horsey undertones.
An unusual and complex beer. Not sure what to make of it exactly, but certainly begs another sip.
Alengrin (3360) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas saison, tasted in the 2005 and 2010 versions. The 2010 version had an off-white, sticky head and misty yellowish blonde colour; strong banana aroma, mandarine liqueur, straw, orange peel, spices and flowers; and a sweet fruity taste (apple, banana), flowery, soft, lots of citrus freshness and a refined Hallertau finish with mild spicy notes. The 2005 version, on the other hand, was a lot darker, coppery to almost bronze with a light beige head, more ’regular’ fruity esters in the nose, a sourish Brett hint and a more malty and more sourish taste - a totally different beer in all aspects, so I don’t understand why all vintages are grouped together under one single entry here. I’ll rate the 2010 version here because it is more recent but I would rather be able to rate every vintage separately!
JefVerstraete (2125) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Ben and Tom. Hazy brown colour, beige foam. Soft carbonation. Complex aroma of port, spices and dark fruit. Some roastiness with a sour touch. Well balanced and complex beer. Good drinkable. Very good.
M82 (407) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4oz at 50° on 12/26/11
Pours an increasingly hazed somewhat desaturated dark amber, medium delicate off white head with decent duration
Nose is spicy, sour and slightly sweet. A range of fruits and fruit juice are balanced and somewhat muted by the added spices. Taste follows nicely on a somewhat thick, creamy, smooth body with solid carbonation. Sourness and spice resonate.