FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a dark gold, pale amber color that shows an almost clear, bright, yellow-gold hue. The aroma has a really interesting character to it; it is sort of a grassy fruitiness that reminds me of guava, strawberry, and some sort of musky, pine like tropical fruit note that is quite bright. Underneath this there is a dried hay and pale cracker like maltiness. The aroma is just really interesting, it is sort of like some really interesting, super-fruity, musky, new world hop variety; it really makes me wonder what spices were added here.
There is a hint of fruity sweetness up front that is quickly wiped clean by a light tartness and an amply dry beer. The finish has a sort of minty, musky, tropical fruit like flavor. There is a dried hay like grain character here towards the finish that merges into the funky hop and spice character. There is a touch of astringency and bitterness in the finish as well. This beer finishes quite light, it does have some palate heft to it up front, but only just, as this is a highly quaffable beer all around. The beer is dominated by this interesting tropical fruit / pine / musky / light tart character that just works quite well. The fruit flavors towards strawberry, guava, star fruit, grassy kiwi.
What interesting notes that the spices add to this beer; in combination with the standard hops, it really makes it taste like it has been hopped by some exotic, musky, tropical fruit laden, and herbal New World hop character. This is quite good, as much for its interesting flavors / aromas as for how good it actually tastes and smells. This achieves a great balance, is quite light without being watery, and is a fantastic example of a Saison. I can’t help but be incredibly curious as to what the spices were that were used in this beer.
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2012
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Medium airy white head, that disappears really quick, on top of a murky orange colored beer.
Smell is soooo bad: over soaped and over sweaty hay. Stingy. Unbalanced! Nasty! Thats all.
Taste is better than smell still nothing good: pine, pine apple, cactus, light bitter, some hops, yellow fruit, sweetbitter, strange , very unbalanced, very strange!
Aftertaste is a mix of rotten overripe yellow fruit, some light bitter and light yeast.
Low carbo, soft watery mouthfeel, medium body and a watery texture.
Fuck(!) what happened with this beer? Wrong fruits and yeast? Vitamine pills? This beer is Completely fucked up! Drainpour!
Don’t get it why this beer get such high score!
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour at Scott’s saison tasting, pour out of bottle is hazy yellow with white head, aroma brought notes of lemon, cheese, wine, some grain, spice, biscuit, touch of yeast and other bready malts, hints of oak as well. Taste is a mix of lemon and lactic with some funky cheese, touch of grain, spice, some biscuit, earth finishing fairly bitter and dry.
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml green bottle poured a hazy tarnished gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, barnyard funk, peach, citrus and earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, peach, citrus and light barnyard funk with a crisp dry lingering citrus finish.
pushkinwow (2006) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Kamiel, bottled July 2010. First pour is clear amber, second 2/3 of the bottle is a hazy pale orange. Lots of grapefruit, sour apricot, cat urine, lemon zest, grass, lots of citrus. Very dry, low carbonation, moderate body, slightly sour with some funk on the finish.
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Scott’s Summer Saison tasting. Thanks so much Scott! Hazy orange appearance with a small off-white head. Candy fruity, musty, pineapple, mango aroma. Big orange/mango fruity, funky tart, musty, fruity flavor. Nice.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blake for sharing! Poured cloudy, straw golden with a short off-white head. The aroma picked up honey and pils malts topped by a hefty floral presence.. some banana and wet, meaty bread too.. came back to flowers on the back of the nose. The flavor opened tart and bitter, with catty and floral notes.. aged honeysuckle and bready support.. kaffir lime and salty notes joined flowers on the finish.. very interesting and different. Lower-carbonation on the palate, and a touch slick.. this was some strange brew, but I’d hit it again.
_angst_ (2772) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at my 30:th birthday tasting on May 5 (30 år av Surt). Bottle bought @ Etre Gourmet. Pours hazy pale golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is tiny sweet and sour with lemon juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, orange zest, hay, lemon hard candy, red currants, white pepper, gooseberries, cloves and allspice. Taste is tiny sweet and sour with gooseberries, unripe currants, green grapes, grapefruit juice, orange zest, lemon zest, white pepper, hay and hints of barnyard. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sour and tart with orange juice, lemon juice, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, lemon hard candy, hay and white pepper.
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "30 år av surt", on May 5, 2012 in Göteborg.
Dorée brumeuse, col blanc.
Arôme est très fruité, agrumes et pamplemousse avec un beau bouquet fleuri et houblonné.
En bouche, palais reste très Fantômesque avec ce profile de bouche typique de la levure Fantôme et autres agrumes tropicales, note de poivre? de cassis, alcool réchauffant, fini est solide et tjrs cette pointe citronnée, pamplemousse et fleuri.
ekstedt (5433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of _angst_. Cloudy golden, medium white head. Fruity aroma with notes of gooseberries, tangerine, and grapefruit. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Dry, slightly acidic, medium bitterness.