HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tannic, light and clean, slightly doughy saison. Easy to drink, but a bit one-note in comparison to the really fascinating blend of citrus flavors and light herbal notes in Soigne. Really a very good beer, but no Brother Soigne.
anders37 (18159) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy tart mandarin aroma. Fruity spicy tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity spicy tart citrus mandarin finish.
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep golden color, small off-white head, nice spotty lacing. Aromas of wheat, wet oak, light citrus, must and hay. Taste is much lighter than expected. Light hints of the mandarin oranges do permeate...minimal tartness....more of a wine barrel inflection over a some light funk. All very delicate and subtle. Finishes a bit thin, but has a nice semi-dry wine character. Tasty stuff.
joergen (21948) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at yespr.
Clear golden coloured with a small white head.
Fruity and light acidic aroma of oak and mandarin.
Fruity and light acidic flavour of oak and mandarin.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of lemons and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw and lemons, leading to a tart finish.
Borup (6644) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
37,5 cl. bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroam and flavour of malt, fruit, hops, oak, brettanomyces and caramel.
yespr (33187) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, mandarine and citrusy. Smooth citrusy, mandarine and lime. Light wooden dryness. Citric and almost bitter finish.
Stine (1641) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The still, hazed gold is left without the slightest framing of foam. Mandarin, must, and limestone, cave-like aroma. Very gueuze like ultimately, swimming in a funk of calcified cheeses, salty brine and pickled melon rinds. Curious, fascinating moments of vanilla bean, cardamom, and allspice can be separated from the sourness, fleetingly. Lemon pepper and more animal tones are apparent with a little warmth.
The flavor, possibly more fruit forward, is calmer and less funk-driven than the nose. Pear, lemon rind, saltwater, and yogurt cultures are the main flavors here. If this were fresh it would of course be a very different experience than this rustic, shoreline lambic flavor. As is, itís pulsing with acidity and wild character, and the gravelly, mineral framing to rein it in.
The palate retains juiciness and a bit of spry carbonation, but it is ultimately a bit washed out. A crazy, zinging pineapple and orange fruitiness feeds back in the nose before the finish. Lots of secrets to unlock in this unusual beer; fun for the fact that itís probably the most lambic-oriented, the most connected to recognizably traditional character that Iíve experienced from HF. Granted, of course, that I might be drinking this later than the brewer intended.
tectactoe (2632) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Clear, golden-straw color. Bright, with a mild chill haze. Not much head on top of this one, just a slightly bubbled-up, foamy white collar. Lovely aroma; vibrant, fresh orange flesh (mandarins, I assume) with huge contributing notes of lemon, green apple, & pear as well. Quite tart on the nostrils, notable lacto with a strong, funky oak presence. Wet, sopping woody funk with a yeasty & barnyard blanket twinge rounding things out. Nice mouthful of crisp tartness, fresh graininess, & vivacious farmhouse yeast. Lots of funky hay, damp barnyard floor. Great flavor from the mandarins, big-time tart tangerines all over the palate. Hint of oaky tannins, edging on vinous, almost like a white wine but much more mild & intricate. Finish of sour stone fruit skins, manageable acidity, lacto yeast, fresh pale malt, & a crisp, damp hay funk thatís oh so reminiscent of that Hill Farmstead resident bacteria. Dry finish, lingering oakiness. A simply fantastic saison... Wow. Itís not even fair anymore.
vtafro (3992) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden pour with some bubbles. Light citrus, mandarin other fruit aromas. Brett, light saison tones, mandarin, fruit and other flavors. Very juicy.
djd07 (4517) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Frank. Pours a cloudy yellow with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong mandarin orange, oak, wood, funk. Thin mouthfeel with nice wine, mandarin orange, funk, with light dry finish. Very impressive.