corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark chestnut/chocolate brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Musty aroma wih funky bugs and a prominent charred oak/barrel character. Some dark roast along with musty bugs, dry oak and subtle malt sweetness. The funky yeast and strong oak notes dominate the nose. Not too complex but pretty inviting.
Tart and puckering with sour acidity, dry oak/toothpick and sweet vinous fruit. Kind of one dimensional but has a decent amount of sourness, funky yeast and a decent enough malt presence that prevents itís from becoming boring. Saison notes are overpowered by the yeast and barrel flavors.
ctipping (549) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 mL bottle. Batch 2, bottled 6/2013. Originally reviewed 10/10/2013.
Deep brown. Khaki head. Settled to a few wisps.
Dark malt aroma. Chocolate and some coffee. Lactic and lemony acidity. Slightly fruity, wine character.
Taste is really lactic. Tart more than sour. Lemony and grainy. Dark malt is masked here. White wine-like bright fruity flavor. Roastiness comes back in the finish a little bit.
Bright tartness. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.
Surprising lack of complexity from the yeast. Thereís a bit of the malt complexity left, but the sourness is a bit one dimensional.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml, bottled 06/2013) Pours a dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, cherry, cranberry, and roasted malt Flavor of cherry, cranberry, oak, raisins, vinous, and brett with a dry finish.
Errl (2328) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is dark with a off white head..Nose is dark spice, caramel, chocolate, toffee, musty, tartness, wet oak...Taste is nutty, cinnamon, spice, funk, dark toffee, chocolate?..
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma starts with a nice light funk, along with vinous aspects, big oak barrel, red fruits, dark fruits, a little caramel and raisin. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thnx to kermis. Pours a very dark brown beer with a medium sized, beige head on top. Aroma is very funky, yeasty, barnyard, vinous, oak. Flavour is again very funky, quite bitter, loads of sweet oak, grapes and white fruit. Aftertaste is very tasty and tarty with a nice level of carbonation. Good stuff.
bytemesis (5195) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, minor gusher on opening. Thanks to jcvanderbilt. Pours clear mahogany black, medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing. Aroma is pretty light overall, mostly oak tannins, some roasty malts, dust, a touch of funk. Flavor is similar, dry and light plus tart, just a tiny note of funkiness. Lots of oaky and vinous notes, light musty, lemon. Medium body, fine champagne like carbonation. A bit hot on the finish, which is odd for the ABV. Good beer, easy to drink, not hugely complex.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep beige head clings to the side of the veiled dark brown pour. Moderate bubbliness. Not powerfully scented, but layered and growing on you in the nose. Interestingly floral, wild, but elegant, with layers of ripe fruits, wood toastiness and subtle vanilla. The mildness takes a one-way ticket as in mouth, it is very tasty indeed, albeit expectations in regards to intensity should not be at Cantillon level. The background is definitely one of lactic acid, without vinegar and piling up with each sip. It is a good fit to the wild floweriness and the long oak barrel sojourn left plenty of agreeable tannins, providing plenty of texture in spite of residual sugars being virtually inexistent. Vigorous effervescence, but not over the top, probably less than your average bottle-conditioned spontaneously fermented beer. In the background, earthy notes remain discreet whilst cobwebby attic dust enhance complexity and dryness sensation. Puckering after a few sips and developing spicy notes whose origins Iím not clear on - oak or wild yeastís phenols? Idem for the subtle smoke. It has depth that one, and it invites you for contemplation as it warms and opens up furthermore. Not something I would drink very regularly even if I had an unlimited supply, but this was worth the effort to visit the brewery at the right time and it sure is fun to see more regional spontaneous efforts.
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6328-20140519] 375mL bottle. Grainy fruity malt aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Tart fruity flavour. Medium-full body is surprisingly funky. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o Big Red, w/ jercraigs, pfriesen)
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím having a hard time calling this a saison, per the RB deScription, but this is a good sour. My only complaint is that the base beer doesnít come through as much as Iíd like.