RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Tria Fermentation, poured a hazy golden straw yellow with a small creamy white head and active carbonation. Aroma is wonderfully complex with notes similar to a fine oaky chardonnay including grass, golden delicious apples, pear, kiwi, and guava joined by slight dusty barnyard funk. First sip is clean and crisp with flavors of citrus and tart fruits, tangy lemon, grassy hops, and wonderful wheat grains. Exceptional mouthfeel with the carbonation dancing on the tongue and the flavors lingering on the palate. Best saison I’ve had to date.
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear yellow with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, barnyard, citrus and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of straw, citrus, light horseblanket and light spice with a crisp dry tart lingering funky citrus finish.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Bottle @ Scott’s Summer Saison tasting. Thanks so much Scott! The best of Scott’s epic tasting. Muchas gracias! Gusher. Fairly clear, golden appearance with a bubbly white head. Spicy, well carbonated, mango/pineapple citrusy aroma that very nice. Quite tart and funky, pineapple, lemon, mango, tangy, somewhat spicy. So very tasty. (4.6)
Bottle with Jetson in Vail for Christmas. Batch 2. Pours a fairly hazy/cloudy, golden orange appearance with a white head, not as good of retention as Art. Vanilla, funky, dry vinous, big tropical fruity, tart mango aroma. Tart, juicy, pineapple, mango, dry wheat malty, vanilla, super refreshing flavor. R u jokin or wat, bro? Fuck yeah. (4.7)
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.
Flora pours a dark golden color with a nice white cap.
The aroma is lemony, a little bit like a gueuze. Dry crackery malt and some funk add depth.
The flavor is dry, with crackery malt up front, some wild sour flavors next, with a lingering lemon tartness. There are some pear, green apple, and grassy notes in here as well. The finish is fairly clean.
The body is dry, with medium carbonation and a lighter body.
Overall I felt this was a nice beer, pleasantly tart in a style that I do not normally enjoy as much.
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours slightly hazy pale golden with a frothy white head that doesn’t leave much trace or lacing while dissipating. Smell is sweet, spicy and funky with dusty barnyard, hay, green grapes, cloves, white pepper, tangerines, orange zest and hints of sweat. Taste is sweet and sour with dark grapes, lemon zest, dry soil, wood, barnyard, red wine, dandelions, brett and subtle hints of cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny dry and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, sour and tiny bitter with hay, cheese, grapes and barnyard. My first Hill Farmstead beer and considering the quality of this I’m sure I’ll track down many more.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy pale golden with a white head. The aroma holds doughy yeast, tart white wine, tart fruits, sweaty horse/horse blanket, bread, crackers, citrus, herbs, flowers, dust, wood, cheese and subtle spices. The flavour is near dry and light to medium acidic with a hint of bitterness. Notes of citrus, wine, tart grapes, mild funk, tart fruits, herbs, cheese, crackers and a touch of dough. The mouthfeel is soft, round and tart with a light carbonation. Tart, citric and a bit funky finish. Light to medium bodied.
BelgianBeerGal (3863) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Compliments of Jale at Flossmoor’s pre-DLD night. Calling this a funky saison is pretty weak. Maybe I could italicize, bold, underline and further highlight the funky somehow to make my point. Really cool saison fellas. nice work.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 75 cl. Hazy pale Beer with a dense, lively white head. Dry yeasty, floral, almost vinous aromas of apples, white wine, brett, wheat and flowers. The taste is citric, with a light floral malty sweetness, flowery hops, very crisp and fresh, light body. Elegant.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 1 - What a difference a year makes! I remember trying this a year ago and being unimpressed. I imagine part of that is my palate changing, but am sure that the wild yeast has gone to work and improved this beer quite a bit.
Pours out a beautiful slightly hazy golden yellow with a pillowy, frothy white head.
Nose is impressive, lots of brett, some lemon zest, a bit of pepper, floral yeast, and a bit of earth. Feel is excellent, light, crisp, dry, frothy.
Taste follows the nose - complex, earthy, a touch of lemon, and a bit of malt.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, marked with a hand-written "3". Not sure what that means. The pour yields a gorgeous, lightly hazy, golden-amber body strewn with ultra-fine streams of effervescing pinpoint bubbles. A smooth, lightly spongy head of pure white foam recedes very slowly, never fully dissipating. Ultimately, a paper thin center film leads to a slightly ramped-up edge, leaving tall, tattered splotches of lace all over the glass. Pretty much a picture perfect brew.
The nose is shockingly good. It smells of the perfectly balanced and complex essence of expert barrel-aged saison craftsmanship. Fresh-cut malted wheat is robust. Softly buggy farmhouse yeast is dry and dusty. Wisps of lightly peppery flower petals meet remnants of pungent grassy hops. And then there’s the barrel influence. Oh that barrel makes everything even better. Soft Pinot Noir tannins lend a fruity, aromatic bite, and lambic-esque lacto-citric acidity keeps things wild and dry. Tart, buggy, woody, sharp...it simply smells amazing.
The flavor is also exceptional. Wheat plays such a prominent role...probably more so than in any other saison I’ve ever had. The cereal-esque base is so distinct, and it works beautifully with the slightly dank grassiness of the hops. Nips of tart, tangy lemon and dried pineapple meet dusty wildflowers, wild farmhouse yeast, and funky, woody barrel bugs. Acidity slices right through the ever-so-slightly creamy malts. Damn tasty stuff. Not as mind-blowing as the aroma, but great nonetheless.
The palate? It’s dry, dusty, and zippy, with a moderate body and a crisp finish. The only downside is a a hint of papery character that is easily overlooked. I drank the bottle over the course of a few hours with tremendous joy. This is an excellent freaking beer. Look...the case is pretty much closed. Shaun Hill brews the best saisons in America...maybe the planet.