Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBESG grand tasting. Hazy yellowish color, small white head. Smell malts, sweetness, pretty fruity. Taste malts, sweetness, quite fruity. A bit high carbonated, medium body. Not bad at all.
Bosbouw (821) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mooi goudgeel bier. Aardig kraag. Ruikt niet veel. Beetje muf. Smaakt zoetig beetje muf.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank in memory of Walt. Hazy yellow pour with a white head. The aroma is full of yeast and biscuit malt with some white pepper, oranges and mangos. The flavor is also quite fruity. I get a lot of oranges and toffee, as well as some wheat, yeast, candy sugar and white pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Toasted to the life of Walt Powell with this beer. R.I.P. my friend. Pours a cloudy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of orange, florals, herbs, and caramel. Flavor of florals, herbs, lemon, stone fruit, yeast, and caramel.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma of lemon, hints of funk, a bit of vegetable. Flavor is similar with notes of coriander and various spices. Light body with fizzy carb. Overall, not bad.
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye in honor of our dear friend Walt) cloudy gold, lasting creamy fine white bubbles. Nose of celery, coriander, spicy, very belgian, light stone fruit. Taste of earth, peach, coriander, belgian spicy yeast, an odd beer, but it’s Belgian and I like the hell out of this. Even more so, it represents our collective thoughts about Walt; he loved Belgian beers. He was a mentor, a teacher, a role model for what Ratebeerians should be.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip. Like almost all Fantome bottles, I needed a few pours to get a full glass.
4.5 A: Moderately hazed orange yellow color. Big frothy white head with great retention and tons of super thick lacing.
4.5 S: Peach, lemon, lime, pear, and apple give a powerful fruitiness. Peach is incredibly potent and thus needs another mentioning - almost like peach rings. It also has a generic citrus fruitiness underneath. This may very well be the fruitiest nose I’ve ever encountered in a saison. Hay, grass, and musty basement type funk secondary to all the fruit. Also a minor tartness that itself is fruity in nature. One hell of a nose.
5.0 T: The taste is almost as fruity as the nose. There’s a hell of a lot of peach again, then lemon and lime (which seems to be a recurring character in the Sante series), pear, and apple. However, the taste is a lot more earthy and wild than the nose. Hay and grass, but also apple orchard, forest after a rain, and the season of fall in general. The interplay between the fruits and the funk works really well, creating a supremely complex beer that also exhibits integrating of the flavors. Lastly, you’ll find plenty of woodiness, floral wildflowers, dirt, and a mild herbalness. The only thing I’d change is that I’d lower the bitterness a bit, but it’s well within the normal range and I’m nitpicking. Fabulous beer and the best Sante yet (excluding the many I haven’t had).
4.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation, but a few swirls takes care of that problem. My only complaint is that the carbonation is less spritzy than I’m used to from Fantome. I like the spritz and it works well in saisons in general, but it isn’t as present in this as I’d like.
5.0 D: Supremely drinkable. This is a hell of a beer. Insane complexity and every flavors exists harmoniously with the rest of them. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good hoppy nose: citrus, grass, minerals. Dusty and dry. Bright amber-orange color with a tall, foamy head. Sweet burst of orange in the flavor, then minerals and bitter hops. Dry and dusty, light blanket, with a dry bitter finish. The early sweet fruitiness is a bit strange, but a very fun, tasty beer.
ekstedt (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Etr Gourmet. CLoudy amber, large white head. Fruity and slightly caramelly aroma, earthy notes. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.
jbeatty (948) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 04/23/2013. Pours hazy amber orange, huge rocky head sticks around for ages, thick sticky lacing left behind, active bubble wells from below. Aroma is pale cereal malts, cloud of brett and earthy yeast, citrus fruit, mild orange peel bitterness, pepper, grassy herbs. Taste is citrus, brown sugar, medium bitterness, bit of pepper, light toasted bread, dry finish. Medium palate, bright carbonation. Not terribly funky or sour, but nuanced and nice.