gunnfryd (13324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden-yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, brett, citrus, malt, spices. Flavour is fruit, brett, citrus, dust, spices, malt, hop. Nice beer.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle, sampled along with a summer 2011 Arthur bottle (pre-new yeast) and Winter 2011 Art.
Pours a slightly hazed, mostly clear gold/yellow with a large white head. Nice retention, fading to a collar and adequate lacing. Balanced aroma between fruity, oak and light funk, but more sweet and juicy with mild tropical fruits. While Arthur was a little too yeasty and Art a little too intensely wine-forward, CD#1 split the difference nicely between both extremes, with a stronger fruit and lemon presence than the others. The brett has yet to develop much of a presence and is subtle throughout. Light bodied, crisp and dry finish. Fresh, this isn’t quite as "special" as hoped for, but that doesn’t take away from this being an exceptional wine barrel saison (without, you know, actually being a wine barrel saison having been aged in stainless steel and all).
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity light estery yeast honey wheat rare. Dusty and a little basementy funky. Golden yellow great big bubbles fizzy head. Dry wheat citrus sweet fruity dryness honey a little esters. Lingering dry fruity finish.
bvc (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, hell yeah! Pours a clear bright golden with pillowy dense white head...looks amazing. Dry peppery, delicate floral sweetness, oat, hints of white grapes and some funky basement mold. Lightly spiced, dry, white pepper up front, delicate floral honey with hints of banana and apple come in, then the carbonation kicks in again and really sends it into a dry yet delicately flavored finish. Drinks really nice.
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Beautiful rustic funky-ish yeasty aroma, with some light fruity sweetness, and flowery and grassy notes. The flavor has light funky yeast, flowery notes, and bright peachy hop notes. Damn good.
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Max’s. Pours a bright orange body with deep haze and huge white carbonated foamy head. Aroma is the perfect combination of funk and citrus. Mouthfeel is aggressive carbonated tartness upfront which fizzes on the tongue before releasing flavors of orange, lemon, barnyard funk, yeast, light grass, and spice. Another stellar offering from HFS.
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden pour with white head. Nice flavored saison, floral and hoppy toned brew. Fresh hop aroma, nice finish.
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with the custmister. Another tasty saison from HFB. I didn’t take notes as I was enjoying this beer and mr. johnson’s fine conversation. But I can tell you that I liked it. Very well balanced on all accounts. Its tough to judge these saisons against each other when they are all so fucking good. This is right up there with the best. Look forward to sampling the other two and subsequent releases (lets be honest, everything shaun makes beerwise).
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In short: The ultimate wild and smooth session Saison with amazing complexity. Perfection
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when
The look: Cloudy shining blonde body topped by large white head with good retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass. A stunningly beautiful beer to start with.
In long: Nose has a smooth but dense brett character, nothing leathery or sharp grapefruity here, the wild character of the beer comes as pure bretty wilderness on a bed of flowers. This is a flowery bouquet of brett, very wild without being overly funky. Taste is as smooth as it is complex. There is a fruity component to the beer with fresh tropical fruits, some oranges, light notes of bananas. There is also a enticing floral component with both country side wild flowers and aromatic garden flowers. Some dry grass help to dry out the finish but not too much. A slice of my mother homemade lemon pie with a thick meringue but without the crust. Also a smooth tartness make it even more drinkable. The Arthur hopping is somewhere in there blended with the flowery and fruity flavors. To some people the ultimate session beers are American hoppy beers, to others it is quality pilsners, to others it is German lagers… to me it is a Saison just like this one, smooth, moderately dry, very complex, refreshing and highly sesssionnable. This is a smooth beer, not an intense beer, not something you want to split in a tasting with a bunch of other beers, this is a session beer, even if a rare and pricey one. Mouthfeel is as full and lively and it feels light, this beer melts in your mouth. I’m giving it a perfect score but don’t ever ask me to make an ordered list of my 10 favorite beers because:
5) I can’t count
2) I always confuse numbers and letters
J) I’m very bad at ordering things
8) All of the below
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sam for sharing! That will temporally bring me out of rating retirement. Vibrant gold pour with a lush white head. Aroma is spice, light gum, brett, and citric notes. Nice clean and dry flavor. Very well done