blipp (6362) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Faint tart and musty notes, some lemony citric notes, light woody and oaky notes, and faint spicy yeast. Very high drinkability. Good stuff.
canary dog (679) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The typical barnyard funk and thin bitterness of a fine farmhouse ale accentuates this offering. 6% abv seems to be a perfect percentage for saisons, so they definitely hit the bullseye there. Complex but never pretentious, this is a saison I would definitely try again.
baraciisch (2032) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy yellow orange in color... Aroma of lemon zest, light citrus, grains... Flavor is oh so smooth, lemon, grains, hay, funk... Dry brett finish... Amazing
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at rlgk. Pours cloudy pale golden with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity funky earthy citric. Flavor is bitterish fruity a bit funky much like the aroma. Very sessionable and refreshing.
rlgk (11551) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Somewhat hazy pale golden beer with a rich lasting offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, floral, perfume, grassy, hay, lemongrass, peach, grapes, pine, some earthy notes. Hoppy perfume flavor, grapes, passion fruit, peach, some hay, perfume, herbal notes, lemongrass, some lemon zest. Nice body, refreshing and easy drinkable.
_angst_ (3067) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours hazy and slightly milky yellow with a huge frothy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some thick trace on the glass. Smell is fruity and funky with crackers, grapefruit juice, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, star fruity, dry soil, hay, barnyard and lemon zest. taste is very tiny sour, bitter, fruity and funky with crackers, grapefruit juice, pineapple, passion fruit, star fruit, dry soil, hay, barnyard, kumquats and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tiny tart and light bodied. Finish is bitter, fruity and funky with crackers, grapefruit juice, passion fruit, star fruit, dry soil, hay, barnyard, kumquats and lemon zest. Tasty as expected!
Cunningham (4943) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy pale yellow color with a fine white head. Lovely lacing. Looks good and a lovely aroma. Brett acidic, fruity, citric, apple and some spices. Nice fresh and a bit dry. Fine acidity. Tasty flavor with brett, yeast, citrus, apples and some spices. Yeah I like this!
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest/juice, sour apple, gum, pepper, band-aid.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
This is much more of a sour ale than what we think of as saison nowadays. I very much appreciate some tartness in saisons, but...this is full on puckeringly *sour*, virtually lambic level. Which is perhaps historically accurate if we’re talking pre-WW2, spontaneously fermented varieties. But at a hefty 6% ABV, that’s obviously not what they were trying to reproduce. This "sour saison" thing seems to be a growing trend in America...which is a lot better than the trend of making sugary sweet banana bombs and calling those saison, but still...this is over the top in the acidity department. It’s well made otherwise, though...pleasant, mild Brett character and no banana to be found. The aroma is a bit generic as golden sour ales go, but it’s certainly enjoyable. Call it "Arctic Sour Ale" and I could perhaps be a little more enthusiastic about this. But if you call it a saison and come in at 6%, in that case I’m looking for something like Dupont or Blaugies.
jonnyguns (1078) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mikkeller Bar SF. Poured a golden yellow with a nice white head. Aromas of rich fruits, loads of Brett, bready malts and mild pepper. Nice mild sour finish. Tasty stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Smell of apples, hops and some light spices. Similar taste. Refreshing. A bit too much apples.