FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer arrives from the tap with an amber, lightly hazed color. It is topped by a frothy, pale, barely tan colored head. This has a hoppy, herbaceous, citrus laden hop character as well as a fruitiness, and all are backed by an earthy, yeast spiciness and phenols that make this smell distinctly like a Saison should. The earthy spice aromatics lean towards herbal coriander. The hop character fades as the beer warms up, and the yeast character replaces it as well as also having some toasty, cracker like malt character and straw / hay notes that comes out more.
The beer is dry, fizzy, quite light bodied and this couples with and accentuates a biting, bitter hop character. This is quite carbonated, which is also accentuated by the light body. There is quite a bit of fruit character in the flavor; notes of pear, some melon, and a touch of apple character is quite noticeable. The carbonic acid combines with theyeast and hop note to form a sort of peppery finish, some ginger, and even a touch of spicy wood character somehow.
Just a solid, eminently drinkable, light Saison; I am always a sucker for these.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured brilliant golden with a colossal, dense white head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of citrus and other light fruits plus an equally big, sweet honey presence.. like a big, fruity mead.. light black pepper and banana highlights. The flavor found floral notes, light fruit, and banana over biscuity malts.. more honey and some sharper stuff on the finish (not sure where that came from).. interesting overall, but somehow too aggressive at 5%. Medium-bodied with thick carbonation on the palate.. OK flow.. decent, but too much going on.
brokensail (10840) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light haze to this golden color with a fluffy white head. Some banana and pepper along with lots of yeast. Sweet, pale malt with a little bit of straw and grass. The banana is fairly pronounced and gives the beer a nice sweetness. Some bready malt and a hint of citrus peel. The straw and grass are there as well. Just a hint of pepper and maybe some yeast.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy dark golden color. Smell is mild, some fruits. Taste is good, fruits, honey, malts, very flavorful. Overall a quality beer worth seeking out.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear golden color with almost no head to speak of. Just a small white rim around the top of the glass.
Aroma makes up some ground with some nice floral and fruity notes. Honey sweetness and bready.
Light in flavor. Floral notes and honey add sweetness. Reminds me of honeysuckle. Apples, citrus hops, bready, and hint of spice. All these flavors make it complex yet everything is so subtle that nothing is any dominant flavor.
It’s very soft on the palate. A mild spicy bitterness on the back end. Clean, crisp and dry finish. Overall this beer is exactly what it was made to be. Easily drinkable and simple. Good session beer that would be good on a hot summer day. Too bad it’s January.
Kinz (3282) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Richmond 16th. Now that I see that this is a Brewer’s Art collaboration, this is even more of a disappointment. Blond. Aroma of gentle honey malts. Flavor is very lightly of vague yeasty spiciness and slightly sweet malts. Just sort of dead in the glass, lacking personality. Too bad.
tia (887) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Yellow. Smells cidery and citrusy. Tastes wheaty and a hint of lemoniness.
Butters (3750) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. I guess it fits the description as I don’t know what a table belgian beer tastes like. Reminds be a bit of orval. Does have the floral honey character. Interesting, but I don’t really care for it.
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on September 26th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours an opaque orange copper..
Aroma: LIght aroma.
Taste:Slightly sweet, some hops.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: A good effort at a Belgian ale, just when I tried it just had an Alesmith Horny Devil, so that influenced me a bit on my ratings.
ReggieDunlap (3055) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an opaque honey/orange color with a thick white head. aroma is musty and spiced...bubblegum, pepper. flavor is also spicy and musty...some earthy, barnyard notes, a hint of sweetness towards the end. mouthfeel is lively and the finish is dry and spicy...herbal. drinks like a saison...very tasty but hard to describe.