3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Can from the brewery. Apple sauce, browned bananas, metal and plastic pretty much define the aroma, no true hop or malt presence to be found at all, and the yeast imparts a silt and milk powder staleness. The browned / rotting fruit flavor and aroma are off-putting, and while the malt texture is somewhat soft and the carbonation fine the flavor is so god-awful I canít take more than a few sips. Low bitterness, medium sweetness, low acidity. I canít even guess if this is supposed to be like this, itís "fruity" but doesnít even come close to Saison. No phenols, no esters, amber malt, rotting banana and apple? I donít get it. The only dud from what I had from these guys in Wellington.
omega (697) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a can. Another good showing from GP as this is finely constructed beer and is quite delicate on the palate.
beer-yum (470) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Makes for a nice contrast to regular pale ales. Enjoyed one at the start of the summer - and will look to add to it as the season progresses.
Jimthechap (1647) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imagine my surprise in a bar full of macro-beers a couple of Garage Project taps. Well, this is Wellington and I have charmed by the local attitude to craft beer. This one (a saison? really?) came in a hazy golden pint with little head served just a few points above 0 degrees. Again, you have to sit and wait with your hands clasped around the glass to bring out the faint and delicate aromas. The flavour were of lemon juiciness, some tart sour and bitter and the finish was lingering well until I ruined it by moving on to my next pint.