tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Bottle: Cloudy, murky, borderline swamp copper-tinted amber. Almost brown with a foamy off-white, quickly fading head. Aroma of sticky caramel, ashy herbal notes, floral leaves, white pepper, light band-aid, farmhouse bales of wet hay, & old cork. Flavor is more earthy, with a big note of forest floor, herbal leaves, white pepper, caramel twinges, Belgian spiced yeast, some mild esters, a touch of vague fruitiness, & some more of that musty old cork-like funk towards the finish. A bit of moldy driftwood lingers in the finish, semi-funky & moderately sweet. Slightly sticky, pretty bold bodied for a saison.
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with a small, fine beige head. The aroma is loaded with heavy caramel, toast, some spice and fruity esters. The flavor is everywhere. Rich caramelize sugar upfront, with some strong spicy phenols and alcohol notes. The finish is semi-dry, and lingers in the back of the throat for a while with a strange spicy character. Not exactly sure what dandelions taste like, but I don’t think I’m a fan of them.
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, popped for a rainy Sunday brunch. Pours a murky, rusty brown with a tan head. Funk, grass, hay, saison yeast come through on the nose. All that on the taste as well with lightly sweet notes from the malt. I actually juice dandelion greens most mornings and I’m getting some familiar herbal bitterness here. Funky, interesting, enjoyable.
hackobock (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
November 5, 2014. Bottle at home. Hazy amber with a medium sized creamy white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus, grassy, light alcohol, green dandelion leaves. Taste is light sweet, a bit harsh bitterness from the dandelion. Finish is grassy greenish bitterness, light sweet malty note. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Akiro (28) - ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
E la seconda birra che assaggiamo di questo il birrificio. Si sente l’alcol il gusto è un tantino amaro, colore scuro. La schiuma è abbastanza persistente è una saison particolare contemporaneamente fruttata è acida sul finale. Più da meditazione che da pasto. Il sapore è un mix rurale mucca amarene sciroppate e caramello.
mile (3573) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light amber, cloudy, small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and dryish and lightly sourish aroma, light fruitiness and citrus with light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and dryish, light sourness and citrus, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and dryish, faint sourness and light citrus with light - some sharp spiciness (pepper), light hoppyness, some alcohol. Way too much alcohol considering the body. To put it nicely - don’t believe the hype.
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of Fantôme’s better known spice beers, this one made with dandelions Danny Prignon harvests himself in the brewery’s vicinity. Rocky, very thick and stable, off-white head, orange blond colour, almost amber, hazy with a ’stormy’ fizz. Fruity, ’wild’ aroma of wet hay, sherry, peach, freshly cut grass, sweat, lemon peel, banana, meat broth but no apparent dandelions (whatever aroma that would be). Fresh citrus acidity in the onset, lots of sharp carbonation, supple and lightly powdery mouthfeel, very yeasty palate, peach, caramel, honey, sour accent lasts till the end, dry finish with grassy hops, bitterishness probably due to the dandelion as well, but I cannot recognise it with certainty.
andriesradu (615) - ROMANIA - SEP 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy dark orange with a small head. Aroma has mainly notes of yeast, alchool and a moderate sweetness also a bit sharp. Aa is warms the aroma from the dandelions can be felt quite strong. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a distinct and sticky note from the dandelions.
esox (1214) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy amber color, creamy head. Strong, slightly acidic berry nose, gooseberry, slightly spritzy grapefruit, black currants, leather and dirt. A whiff of alcohol. Malty and slightly sweet, slightly harsh/bitter spiciness. Berryish alcoholic and slightly tart finish. Medium body, a bit oily and heavy. Quite low carbonation. Complex but there?s something strange in it.
Holmen1 (3926) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske (med både patentkork og vinkork - her tar de forsegling seriøst!), delt på dag 2, RBHD-samlingen hos Asle Bjørn: højt skum! Vakker gylden farge. Aroma av friske løvetannblader (og det vet jeg som fjerner all løvetann i plenen manuelt). Smak av de samme + blomstersødme og røyk/aske. Farlig lett for sin vinkelhastighet. Fint karbonert. En annerledes og god saison.