JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Sam for sharing another HF bottle with us! Beautiful pour, golden, forthy, and inviting. Prickly but not excessive carbonation. Nose is scrumptious, with plenty of dry hops, earthy wheat, and modest tartness in what promises to be a really distinctive saison. Taste follows through with this impression, and I love the way that the wheat brings out the more breadlike qualities of a saison without crossing over into biere de garde territory. Too, the subtle wine barrels create a twofold effect that’s both tartly fruity and almost hefe-like in places somehow. Very good, very quirky.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Festival of Farmhouse Ales. I love beer that reminds me of lemonhead candy & this one hits it spot on. Great wheat & lemon tartness, that signature light mouthfeel. Wonderful!
mikem409 (1815) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at farmhouse fest. pours neon yellow with some white lacing. big sour aroma. taste is very thin bubbly and a little too funky for me
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Glowing pastel yellow with a fine head. Nose of lemon, yogurt, nice lactic character. Big lactic acid flavor, lemon, vanilla, alka seltzer. Soft, spritzy, clean, and lovely. Great wild character.
pineypower (2719) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared much thanks to Scott. Pours out a cloudy, golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of earthy notes, citrus, some lemon. Taste is of some nice tartness, lemon grass, lingering fruity notes, mild funk. Lots going on for the lower ABV
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Big funky lambic-like nose, with a nip of manure and a tiny hint of baby diaper. Very raw and horsey. I like it. Sour. The grapefruit acidity was intense and delicious. Finishes with some great floral qualities. The most sour beer I had at the festival. I love the complexity of this. It reminds me of the awesome lambic-Saison hybrid Fantome La Gourmand. My festival favorite.
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Every element of a perfect sour blonde is present in this sneaky, complicated saison. It’s bright and funky with all the tart-but-deep characteristics of wild yeasts; cherries, pineapple, vinegars, and dusty cheeses. The white wine flavor of the barrel seems to be a perfect complement to the so lightly spicy, brisk flavor of the wheat. Punchy but still somewhat soft palate, arresting in tartness but reticent and friendly in a slow finish; masterful.
drewbeerme (3896) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 bottle. Pours gold with white foamy head, aroma floral pepper citrus honey flavors are sweet honey, pepper, florals, acidic finish, pretty good.3.7.
another pour at hill farmstead in 9/2012, pours blond with big white head. aroma has great tart and floral notes. flavors are tart, floral, lemony, crisp. very solid saison.
dmac (4625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Scott at Deans poolside. Poured a hazy murky yellow body with a large dense foamy mostly white head. Aroma of dusty citrus, light wheat, some spice and pepper, funk and lemons. Medium to thinner bodied with softer carbonation and a slight sourness. Flavor runs very softly on the sour side of the spectrum, almost reminds me of a berlinerweiss, lemons and light wheat round this one out. Not getting a whole lot of the French oak that this was aged in.
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Muckfest III, no idea on the batch - Pours straw yellow, hazy with a foamy white head. Nose is light white pepper, dry spiciness, with light herbal and floral hopping. Taste is nice juicy tropical fruit, herbal hops, floral notes, with a soft, mineral finish. Smooth and bubbly carbonation--feels like velvet in the mouth. Excellent.