KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Bottle from the brewery. Nose of durian and crap. Flavor is mineral, citrus, lemon zest, mint, lots of funk and a bitter hop finish. Much more complex and interesting than on tap (and stanky!).
Draught at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Pretty gold with a little bit of orange. Nice head. Lemony nose, some grain, grassy, a little bit funky. Not a huge nose, but nice. Good sour lemon, orange, wheat flavor. Good amount of sweetness. Really well-balanced, not extreme in any way. Very drinkable. 7/4/8/4/17.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Dak. Pours hazy deep gold with off white head. The bold aroma delivers various fruity notes like peach and apricot and then it moves into dank spicy hops, spicy yeast and some mild earthy funk in the background. The taste delivers hoppy spice flavor that mixes and blends with peaches and apricots. It then becomes more and more tart midway and into the finish. It ends pretty dry and yeasty with a touch of funk well off in the background.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. thanks tooch, pours hazed gold with white head. Aroma citrus, tangerine, pine, Flavors citrus bomb, tangerine, lemons, hay, awesome fresh hoppy
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy pour, picking up the brett when pouring. Part of a hill tasting. Some herbal notes, mostly funk going on. Decent, a good summer beer, seems to be a rustic loose interpretation of a few styles blended together. In that, more muddled than defined
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #2 bottle shared by Shaun Hill during Philly Beer Week.
A - Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of damp earth, musty funk, spicy belgian yeast, and a nice strong fruit aroma - mainly apples and oranges. The hops are there but the other aromas drown them out a bit.
T - Starts off with the musty funk and wet earth from the aroma combining with the bready yeast and light spice to form the saison base. The fruit and hops come through toward the end of each sip, leaving the palate dried after each sip.
M - Light, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp feel with a dry finish.
O - I only got a sample of batch one but I thought it was pretty good. Now that I got to try a proper pour I can really really see what this one is all about. The flavors work very well together and make a really awesome beer.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml shared by Tooch. Thanks, buddy! Pours a well hazed orange amber hue, big hazy body with darkness in the middle with big cakey offwhite head. Huge cakey elements with firm lacing, big and sticks around well. Aromas are richly dry and spicy, gentle funk with some melon and orange fruity elements. Gentle yeast, touches of brett, orange and lemons. Richer florals and that Galaxy element gives a firm fruity bitterness. Initial is medium bodied, a touch lighter. Gentle yeast, richer citrusy orange and lemon, touches of spice, bready malts. Richer Galaxy fruity elements, touches of melon, firm citrus, and gentle florals. Really nice. Galaxy element, touches of spice, with, richer florals, and melon, lemons, touches of orange. Grapefruit, touches of funk, dry peppery yeast. Wow. What a beer.
nimbleprop (3850) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy, bright yellow with some creamy, white head. Nice floral nose, fruity, light onion, lemon, punchy, light pine, very hoppy but very approachable. Flavor is peppery, lightly herbal, hoppy, lightly sweet, honey, orange, champagne grapes. Medium bodied, zesty finish.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour at Scott’s saison tasting, pour out of bottle is hazy orange-yellow with white head, aroma has notes of white wine, tart fruits, oak, funky earth, some lemon and lactic notes, some grass, spice, cat pee notes from some of the hops. Taste is a mix of sweet fruit, cat pee hops, funky earth, wine and biscuit and bready yeast. Interesting.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Big floral and tropical notes in the aroma along with earth, mint, honey, fresh citrus. The taste is bitter citrus, lime zest, pale malts, peppery and herbal notes. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.
drfabulous (3372) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 thanks to Matt! Big yeasty and fruity aroma. Grapes. Oranges. Some funk from the brett that leaves that tang and bit of spice. Yeast. Dry, but not super dry. Just another fantastic saison/farmhouse from HF.