MiP (14257) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 6%. Very slow gusher. Light fruity nose, slightly roasted. Very dark brown colour, seems clear. Quite stable light brown head. The flavour starts off slightly roasted, turns a little yeasty. Finishes with a sort of citric note.
Slipstream (2197) - USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked the right glass for this foamy pour - a widemouth Belgian goblet. Slightly irritating aroma of yeast and lemon peel - but it tastes very good. Fairly sweet and complex flavor - molasses, dates, apricot, a bit of citrus, and a lightly sharp finish. The label says it is a Belgian ale, but here it is described as a rye saison. Either way, it is good stuff.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium brown with a lofty lingering head. Smells of coffee bean and mocha. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. A mild to moderate roast intertwined with cocoa and a bit of spice. The finish lingers and has a nice bittering component. The brew is a bit fizzy with insignificant features.
gunnar (6205) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mybrewerytap.com. Pours black as Coke with a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma is yeast, roasted caramel. Taste is sweet malty,light roasted to start with, before it turns sourish, farmyard and dry hoppy at the bitter end
jcwattsrugger (11374) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-12oz bottle-pours a tan head and dark copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-roasty, yeast. Taste is medium/dark malt-roasty, yeast, secondary earthy hops.
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours burnt sienna with 1-finger splotchy off-tan head. Nose is nice; apple, cacao, spicy peppery, hops, a combo that shouldn’t work but does. Tastes medium as far as complexity and palate heft, with dark malt, cacao, black pepper, spicy florals, slight funk, and hops. Altogether works as well as any dark saison or dark hoppy beer of any style that I have yet quaffed. Well done.
dnstone (2352) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown-black in color with a tan head that settles quickly. Roasty porter-like aroma. Roasty with a belgian yeast note and hint of the pepper corns...interesting.
jtclockwork (10463) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Victor at Paul’s. Pours dark brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, yeast, caramel and sweet malts and grapefruit rinds. Medium body.
RasmusOtt (1489) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is belgian saison yeast, dark dried berries, ripe plums, caramel and some fruity notes. Taste add some hops, grapefruit and light metallic..
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep brown, cola colored body. Pillowy beige head. Aroma is smokey with notes of char, tobacco, toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and tart. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Taste of roast and char. Dry finish. I had this a twice, a couple of months apart. First round left me with the impression of a strange, overly smokey saison. Second time was an improvement. Seemed more balanced and more interesting.