GT2 (7901) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL big thanks to Huhzubendah. Slow gusher. Pours overcarbonated deep ruby. Gray foam. Spotty lacing. Nose is musty attic, dusty, hints of cranberry and redcurrant, hazelnut, German chocolate. Too musty. Taste is quite lactic, sharp cranberry, more of a Flanders red/oud bruin than saison. But muddled, harsh acid in finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Matt. Pours hazy brown, medium fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is farmhouse yeast, pepper, fruity esters and spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with farmhouse yeast, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
devman171 (727) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share, pour is deep red/ brown, aroma is funk and spice, taste is very smooth tart and spice finish. Great
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, brett, grapefruit, flower, perfume, light oak and light cherry notes. FLavour is malt, grapefruit, brett, light chocolate, light cherries and oak.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A complex oaky/tannic dark ale with a strong farmhouse character and mild sourness. Great beer.
How: Fresh a few times on tap at the brewery (not ready imho) then this rating for a 750ml aged 6 months.
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) topped by a large beige head with good retention.
In long: Complex and somewhat intense nose with many elements, strong farmhouse character, a slice of freshly baked fruit cake, roast, citrus fruits, more…
Taste is roasted, rich fruitiness ranging from fresh dark fruits to citrus fruits, lactic notes, mild sourness, yeast, lots of tannins, cherry skin, red meat. Very astringent finish leaving the mouth totally dry without saliva. Splendid full foamy and fluffy mouthfeel with lots of soft bubbles. This is a very complex beer, although the Saison category may be a bit misleading, this is far from a classic Saison. It could have been one of my favorite HF beers if it wasn’t for the light bloody red meat flavor I had all the way through. Still a truly excellent beer. Drinking a full 750ml of a great beer like this one by myself is a perfect time to sit back and quietly reflect on what beer I’m gonna open next.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance : Dark amber with foamy brown head. Nice lacing, long head retention.
Aroma : Light coffee and light vinous notes. Light chocolate, fruits and frunky brett notes. Roasted malts. Complex.
Taste : Nicely vinous with nice funk and light acidity. Woody. Roasted malts.
Palate : Full body, finish is a bit dry with a small bit of residual sugars.
Overall : Greatly complex and nicely balanced. Roasted malt is well incorporated into this original creation. Nice wood, nice vinous notes. Really well made and quite original.
crossovert (6369) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Dark pour, this one has a dusty and yeasty aroma with some fruitness. Flavor is lighter than expected, has a nice oak flavor and ends with a beautiful bit of smoke.
SudsMcDuff (5664) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pretty sure i had #4 .. .. nice night for a walk? .. . pours a dark brown .. mild head, solid lacing .. . starts out great, but the finish is unpleasant, has a dirty tartness .. . . hey buddy! did you just see a real bright light!?!
Lukaduke (1757) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep mahogany brownish black with a big frothy eggshell foam. Aromas and flavors a re a complex mystery of dark fruit, leather, tart sweetness, cocoa, dark cherry, caramel... the flavors unfold as the beer goes from cold to warm. Lots of vinous berry notes from the start with dark rustic background... but as it warms more deep dark notes take hold tobacco, leather, wet funky wood, smoke, bitter chocolate... wow this beer keeps on giving. Really Nice.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose presents purple grapes and lightly funky acidity. Light to medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The otherwise-bready flavor furnishes a stupid-good, grape-flavored SweeTarts component that I’m totally digging. Unfortunately, there is misplaced, uninviting, tannic bitterness in the finish. A shame, because I enjoyed just about everything else about this beer. Still, excellent overall. Bottle selflessly shared by ctipping!