Pyrmir (3419) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared. Hazy amber with white head. Aroma of green pepper, yeast, spruce and sweet malt. Taste has more spruce, peppers, malt, yeast with a sweet and spicy finish.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Musty, fruity and tart. Not quite as good as the sum of its parts, but definitely enjoyed. kind of an ugly looking pour, but that’s really not high on my list. The earthy funk won me over."
Cory (334) - , California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Berry, apple, spice, and some tart aromas. Taste is sweet with a dry finish with a malty backbone. Pretty good beer but not what I expect from a saison.
Klimaet (220) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours hazy (!) amber with a thin white head. Aromas of slight orange, cinnamon, herbs. Some spice. Taste is quite herby, spicey and some fruits.
RasmusOtt (1199) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy unclear amber with almost no head. Aroma is wild and funky with notes of sweet citrus, some hay and weak wheat. Taste of wild boneyard, funky mouldy notes, wheat, some hops and some bitter citrus.
Yorker (1255) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with some sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are cinnamon, herbs, dried fruit, and yeast - with a dry finish.
Monchito_IPA (150) - SPAIN - AUG 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color anaranjado, espuma blanca muy muy densa que se disipa dejando una pequeña capita. Bastante cuerpo para ser una saison, densa y con sedimentos. Aroma ácido entre saison y lambic. Sabor increíblemente complejo, muy muy seca pero con un toque final ligeramente dulce, acidez moderada y ligeramente agria con final amargo que recuerda a las mejores triples belgas. Impresionante.
Muggus69 (1228) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016
Big fluffy foam dies down to a dense cap atop a hazy deep honey gold body.
Spicy aroma, very complex; phenolic & woody clove, overly ripe pear & banana-like esters, fennel & coriander seed, hay & porrigey malts, touch of malt vinegar.
Carbonation relatively subdued for style, as is the body, somewhat thick, slightly stodgy, more like a Belgian strong than a Saison, not to take anything away from it, plusthere’s still a tickle of acidity.
Once again, it’s a complex mix on the body; bruised banana & apple, cider vinegar, whole cloves, bay leaf, white pepper, some minerality there, sherbert, grassy herbal hops. Bitterness reasonably pronounced, long finish, alcohol growing in warmth as I get through.
Second beer from this brewery, and no less impressed that the first time - there’s something rustic & unique about them.
Alengrin (2095) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The winter saison in this series, changing recipe each year so should be rated per vintage here; the vintage I tasted, had almonds added to it. Cloudy brownish amber colour, cream white head, complex yeasty and spicy aroma with caramel malts, almonds only faintly noticeable, fruity as usual for a Fantôme; bready and honeyish malts in the mouth with complex spicy accents and fresh fruitiness, faint chocolate note, sourish accent as usual. Very well-balanced and I urgently have to taste this anew.
NikkTwist (1668) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 Amazingly finding an off-menu draft of an aged version (2007?) of the Hiver at Monks Cafe in August 2014. Unusual light cloudy egg yolk pour with a lot of soapy soft white foam that left lace that thinned away. Browned white peaches. Nectarines. Nicely tart but the edges have softened so it is not harsh. A bit musty, but not overaged. Much of the caramel malt flavors have fuzzed away to far in the background. Noteworthy that each pour into the old keg got brighter, fuller and less cloudy. Wonderful juicy dry citrus fluff!