illidurit (1961) - Sonora, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Dustin. Thanks! Shared at Sante Adairius. Honey colored pour with ample white fizz. Aroma is lovely, soft ripe citrus notes, champagne and yogurt. Flavor gives off a nice pulpy orange character with the lime tang and the lactic acidity really driving the beer to its dry bretty finish. Hibiscus was not all that evident. Carbonation was a bit high. Pretty gorgeous saison.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, shared by Kan at Deyholla’s wedding. Thanks to both of you! Well this beer was pretty stupid. first off they nailed a saison, light, bright, peppery, with brett fermentation but not over done, doesn’t come off as a straight brett beer, then the execution of lime/citrus notes takes this to another level. nothing over done, elegant, highly drinkable, and well stupid.
rbrazell (1308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in trade thanks to Corey! Hazy deep orange pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma of yeast barn funk, sourdough, blood oranges, lemon, line and a hint if spice. Flavor is yeasty funk, sourdough, hay, snappy grains, tart and sharp lemon, lime and blood oranges. Lots of effervescence and medium bodied. Lovely.
jmikolich (1307) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by AdamJackson, this is a solidly awesome beer, so typical for the VT Saison master, but the blood orange is somewhat lacking, and I love blood orange cocktails.. I definitely enjoyed it and its easy to drink without burning a hole in my stomach, wish i could get more.
Leighton (8661) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Big funk on the nose, lots of brett, poop, barnyard, lemons. Light sweet flavor with an assertive funk and sourness, tangy lemons, tangerine, cleansing brett. Light bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Super clean to finish, lots of bracing brett funk, tangy citrus fruits, mostly lemon and tangerine. Wonderful stuff. Even after more than a few hours of drinking I could work through a lot of this beer. Just utterly refreshing and drinkable.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un mariage improbable mais presque parfait entre un tsunami d’agrumes et une croûte fromagée et sauvage. Buvabilité et élégance inquiétante.
Ontape (82) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, picked up at HF back in May. For me this is almost a perfect beer. For what they are going for, I don’t think you could improve on it. Looks gorgeous in the glass as HF/GRB stuff always does -- a radiant golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma is funk and citrus, taste is tart and complex with the lime showing up nicely but not overpowering. Incredible balance throughout, delicate carbonation, long finish. A beer I don’t think I’d ever tire of.
RichTheVillan (1624) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle tasting with Kaufmanised; hazy light orange pour with long lasting head white head, zesty lime and orange aroma with a hint of minerals, lime is the predominant taste amongst the citrus fruits used, some light funky action and grain.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Citrus aromas? Mild tartness and acidity. Mild and somewhat bland hop notes. Decent mouthfeel and body.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Consumed 8/25/13, poured quickly into a HF fest glass.
A- Pours a cloudy orange-copper with a soapy brilliant white head about 3 inches tall with good to excellent lacing. Over a few minutes it falls to about a half inch coating over the beer. Medium carbonation.
S- A strong brett presence with a lemon-lime tartness, I can’t tell if it is the fruit or some acidity from bugs. Smells much more funky than I remember from the last time I drank it. Some rubber band phenolics also present.
T- Wow- not what I was expecting at all from the nose! Extremely tart- lemon and lime. I know it has been mentioned in previous reviews, but this is very reminiscent of alcoholic sprite. On the end, there are some pepper and floral notes that really balance out the extreme tartness from the beginning and seem to cut the acidity to a not-so-lingering level.
M- Much more effervescent than I was expecting. The carbonation really accentuates the acidity up front. Body is medium to low. The dry but not cottonmouth finish makes you crave another sip as soon as you swallow.
O- Another hit from the HF/Grassroots crew. I drank one about a month after release and I don’t remember it being nearly as tart as this, although I think it has improved. That being said, drink it now...this is a simply amazing experience.