corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Described as a red saison brewed for March.
Pours a slightly hazy, amber/ruby color with a half finger off-white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Earthy spicy aroma with touches of sweet malt and dark fruit. Slightly bready with hints of zesty pepper, clove and booze as well as some rye and caramel.
Medium bodied with a very prominent spice flavor that lingers into a long dry finish. Earthy and pretty bitter with a stronger alcohol presence than I prefer alongside the zesty pepper, coriander, clove flavors. There is some sweet malt and dark fruit flavor but the alcohol and spice notes dominate. A bit too one-dimensional and hot for my liking but not bad.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at the release of batch 3 Rosso down at Captain Lawrence. Pours a golden orange amber with a touch of haze under a thin white head. Sweet caramel notes and a touch of yeast. Nice earthy bitterness comes in earlier than expected, toasty. Soft and sweet, light bitter toast and a long bitter finish. Very easy drinking.
Fred82 (1992) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Siboire.
Appearance : Slightly hazy amber. Light lacings.
Aroma : Rye and yeast. Nice herbal hops. Quite fruity and yeasty.
Taste : Nice rye with yeast herbal hops. Quite fruity also. Finish slightly spicy and quite yeasty.
Overall : Nice fruity taste with nice herbal hops. Enjoyable yeast too. Nice but nothing very exciting for me.
MJGG (852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de 10 oz, au Siboire. Arômes de levure belge épicée et de houblon feuillu. Robe ambrée et trouble, effervescence moyenne et belle mousse beige qui tient bien. En bouche, les céréales sont très bien exprimées (seigle, caramel, grains crus). La levure apporte une belle présence épicée. Finale sèche et veloutée, présentant une amertume plutôt forte de houblon herbacé. Très agréable.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This dry Saison’s intelligently fruity hop nose is diversified by lightly toasted cereals before a resinous, herbal signature is drawn onto the palate.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear amber.
-As with all Hill Farmstead brews, the flavor profile is complex and seamless. Very impressive.
-Bitterness is quite assertive.
-Can’t wait to get to try this bottle conditioned. Carbonation and mouthfeel would help air out some of the intensity perceived in the finish.
On tap at Siboire.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of fresh pumpernickel bread, earthy yeast, spices, light citrus, and faint brown sugar. Taste of citrus, spices, light caramel and a dry, yeasty finish.