superspak (4477) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before end 2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas big of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness, herbal bitterness, and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from /bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
murran (545) - - JUN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber body with a really thin head. Rich and warm aroma with malty tones and a wooden feel. Taste is rich and rather complex with dominant malt and some wooden tones.
Franckg (1024) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille sans date. Robe orange sale sans col de mousse. Arômes de malt terreux, caramel, foin mouillé, abricot, miel, cassonade. En bouche, malt caramelisé et légèrement gazonné, abricots, zeste d’orange, miel. Finale très amère effectivement de plante verte. Texture duveteuse et corps mince. Pas mon genre du tout.
sokuzs1 (531) - - MAY 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: peach. fruity, spicy, hay, light leather
Taste: light sour, light bitter, earthy, dandelion, leather, spicy, fruity
Arcanor (170) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Pour golden and hazy with lace. A nice tall and thick white foam cover this heavenly liquid. A weird but enjoyable belgian style yeast and floral aroma cover the walls of my nose. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, small acidity. Sometimes it’s a dice roll with this brewery, even more here in Quebec when the bottle travels on a boat for a long time. But this time it’s a hit. The case of 6 beer are just perfect.
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Cloudy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Alcohol, faint apples, minerals and jammy in aroma. Sweet, herbal, fruity, yeasty, straw in taste. Flowery, herbal bitterness in aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden. Quite nice.
martjoobolut (2800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange. Aroma is floral, sweet, phenolic, fruity. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, apricots, citrus. Finish is dry-dandelion bitter. Overall: very good.
suurjuust (2770) - ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Mart. Murky orange amber, small white head. Nose is citric, fruity, herbal. Flavor is spicy, sweet, malt, biscuits, finish with herbal bitterness, spice, lingering dandelion bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Strange and plant-y, but very nice.
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a lot of haze and two finger head. Very herbal and fruity with plenty of flavor. Overly sweet for my taste and there’s an odd plastic note that I really can’t ignore. Very disappointing.
bastarda (395) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
@bartlebier’s weird beer tasting/Bierhandlung/Mai16. Another work of art by fantome. nose starts out simple, with a bit of lactose and fruits, getting spicier, bread spices (aniseed, caraway seeds, coriander) with then a whole early summer rainy day limetree blossom lushness unfolding. Taste is really quite different from nose, sweet, apricots, some alcohol fumes, apricot jam in aftertaste, blossom honey in late aftertaste.