DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft and shared bottles. Hazy straw/orange pour with off-white head. Nose is hops, yeasty funk, wine grapes. Tasted hoppy, fruity. with notes of yeast, funk, and wineskin fruit.
ineedbeer (1815) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated May 21, 2014.
Aroma is fruity with a lot of stone fruit, pineapple, tropical fruit and light citrus. Light white wine notes and oak tannins. Medium light phenolic notes.
Pours a hazy, bright, copper color with a medium large, moderately thick, white head that slowly recedes. Moderate lacing and small legs.
Flavor is slightly acidic with some light grain notes and sweetness. Medium pineapple and stone fruit notes with a bit of cherry. Some white wine and grape notes with a bit of oak tannins. Medium bitterness with some moderate phenolic notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice Saison. Nice barrel and wine notes with good yeast character. Phenolics are nice as is the citrus character. I guess the phenolics are slightly medicinal but its very faint.
TimE (5034) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light amber golden color. The nose is pronounced with lots of sourness funk, oak, oranges and brett going on. Much tarter than expected. Very sharp, high adicity, with white wine blending nicely. The oak dominates perhaps a bit too much and has some tannins at the end from the oak. Decent beer, but not a saison.
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber/orange with a medium white head. Aroma has earthy funkiness with a hint of malt sweetness.. slightly tart and grapefruity. Flavor has nice funkiness with notes of earthy oak, leather and tannins...some wine notes...rindy/grapefruity. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a dry rindy grapefruit/woody/minerally finish. Tasty!
mr1581 (10) - - AUG 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma of wine barrel and a little funk. orange hue with little head, slight tartness with notes of lemon and white wine
Ernest (7318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Apr 2015 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sour apple, lemon zest, oak, with light notes of celery, lavender, butter.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent.
A neat beer thatís close to being really good....the nose is a mix of nice things and a few fleeting unpleasant things, but the nice stuff mostly wins. Nice flavor balance too. Doesnít rock me, but itís pretty solid.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2015 500ml bottle April 2015 batch. Hazy amber-pink-gold body with a thin white head. Aroma is wine barrel essence / fruitiness, oak, phenols, dog hair, alcohol(?), acetone(?), flowers, wild yeast, stewed peach. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, highly acidic, tart, prickly, mildly fruity / estery (peach / nectarine), tannic. Carbonation is fluffy and soft but the sharp acidity in the mouth seems overdone. Itís not bad for wine barrel Belgian-ish beer, though doesnít have a lot of depth, and acidic beer doesnít go far for me these days.
Theydon_Bois (16856) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the 5/7.5/10K tasting, from an trade thanks to fbc24, 30/12/14.
Hazed orange amber with a big old off white covering that retains well.
Nose is mellow fruit peel, pineapple, tangerine, mandarin, woody, funk, straw, lemon rind, shades of green berry.
Taste comprises tangy apricot, citric rinsed straw, light plum notes, gooseberry, barnyard, woody licks, soured grapes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid BA saison.
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour, white head. Good yeasty hit up front, some hops, light sourness, barnyard funk, slightly peppery/dry finish.
Lukaduke (3011) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep golden color with three fingers of white foam. Nose is vinous with layers of toasted almonds, tart stonefruit, sorrel, beeswax, rustic grain. Palate follows with nice vinous acidity, round grainy fieldgrass, wet hay, soft honey sweetness on the backend, oak tannins. Tasty.