MarinEvelyn (525) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeast, citrus, a little grainy, fruity aroma.
Taste is very similar. A little alcohol, strong flavors, some spices.
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a hazy deep golden hue w/ a medium creamy diminishing head to a white ring w/ nice lacing. Moderate sweet funky aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter funk finish. Tastes are pineapple, ginger, white pepper, peach, and funk. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and light warmth in the finish.
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Had it side by side with the regular saison, very similar with just some extra touch of alcohol.
Ferris (2908) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Mango and Belgian yeast. Cloudy gold with a thin white head. Mango, apricot and the usual Belgian yeast finish.
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large white head. Aroma is peach, pine apple, white pepper, sweet malt. Taste is fruit, medium sweet with a fruity, spicy, slight alcoholic finish. Light spicy bitterness. Light oily texture with a medium body and quite fizzy carbonation.
ansalon (1259) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber with a very large white frothy head that quickly settles. Aromas of apricot, honey, lemongrass, rye bread, slight oak and vanilla notes. Taste is apricot, peach, honey, lemongrass, bread, slight metallic notes and some earthy wood notes. Mouthfeel is sprightly and carbonated. Aftertaste is honey, tropical fruit and some slight oak notes.
Ktwse (1835) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with (really) tall white head. Aroma of honey, wheat, grapefruit, light peach and mango. Taste is big fruit sweet, with just a hint of sourness to balance it. Long, honey sweet finish. Boyd is light to medium, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.
SamTheBarrel (376) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml brown bottle, labelled Tropic King, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is hazy orange with a large beige head, that reduced quickly. Aroma of herbs, mango, lemon zest and orange peels. Flavours of lemon zest, mango, orange peels, herbs and spices. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. A great Saison overall, flavorful and well balanced.
Gusgus (232) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
AR: cereal, hay, floral, herbs, citrus, earthy, dough, banana, bubblegum,
AP: golden, hazy, frothy,
TA: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, salty,
PA: light body, creamy, slick feel, fizzy,
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A soft, steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, yellow tinged, pale honey color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hoppy citrusy and tropical fruit notes, musty sun-dried hay, and earthy yeasty spice character, a touch of cracker like malt character. There is a slight nuttiness that has toasted grassy overtones to it, and this melds well with the musty fermentation character. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit of spicy, warming alcohol character.
The beer is quite carbonated, with lots of prickly carbonation; this works nicely with the peppery yeast and hop character. Lots of earthy, musty fermentation character, that provides an almost savory quality to this beer; this balances the spicy, fruity hop flavors quite well. Tangelo zest, kumquat, definitive guava notes, Curacao orange zest, and lots of floral fruit notes that sort of lean towards fruit and bird of paradise. The body is definitely light, this is quite quaffable, but has a touch of viscosity to it towards the finish; definitely hits what an "Imperial" Saison needs to be, for whatever that means. The hops provide a firm bitterness that lingers in the finish and gives this beer a fairly good bite; though this is softened a bit by the musty, yeast phenolices.
I was expecting something a bit hoppier than this, but the balance that this has between the hop and fermentation character makes it easy for me not to miss an overly aggressive hop character. I definitely like the New World hop focus, and in the end, I am digging that it is somewhat subtle from what I was expecting. I really like the nutty complexity that the nose (especially), and the flavor (to a bit lesser degree) achieve, it adds a bit more character that boosts the more’ish character of this beer. In some ways this is better than it should be; the components don’t quite add up to the whole that this achieves.