JBPortland (1480) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle (2013 vintage) pours hazy pale straw yellow with big 3 finger head. Nose is musty lemon, earthy field straw and light grain, touch of herbal spice. Taste is similar with bright vibrant soft rustic doughy grain, subtle tart lemon spice, touches of herbs, straw, bright prickly carbonation. Finish is dry citrus and lemon peel with balanced rustic malt and hay. Spectacular.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Milf lemon zest and honey aromas. Dandelion, honey, lemon zest highlights. Good body and mouthfeel.
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle that I got at the brewery on August 21, 2014. Hazy yellow, small head. Sour herbs and I guess dandelions aroma, this is not familiar to me. The taste is a bit the same, some fruitiness but sense of honey, very sour aftertaste. Itís good but so weird!
_angst_ (4466) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you! Pours hazy vibrant yellow with a rather small frothy white head that leaves lots of sticky and spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is funky, fruity and funky with crackers, lemon juice, dandelion stems, honey, pineapple, mango, barnyard, moist hay, dry soil, grape skins and lemon zest. Taste is tiny sour, slightly fruity and slightly floral with crackers, lemon juice, dandelions, moist grass, barnyard, dry soil, minerals and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, tiny astringent and light bodied. Finish is tiny sour, slightly fruity and slightly floral with crackers, lemon juice, pineapple, dandelions, moist grass, dry soil, lemon zest and hints of minerals and tonic water. Heavy on the dandelions. Almost quinine-like astringent bitterness. Acquired taste but I like it alot!
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy yellow with an off-white head. The aroma holds some grass, white bread, citrus, bit of tropical fruits and light funk. The flavour is dry, near medium acidic a bit bitter (maybe from dandelions). Citrus, wheat, bitter grass, bit of fruit and light funk. The mouthfeel is tight and clean with medium carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
triximonk (49) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is cut grass and a little funky. Tastes of yoghurt and bitter almonds. It has a bitterness that is unpleasant.
ansalon (2851) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, October 11th. Pours a semi clear yellow with some lime tint and a large frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, elderflower funk, stable, honey and some flower notes. Taste is citrus, elderflower, kiwi, funk and honey. Mouthfeel is quite tart and dry sparkling crips palate.
Ktwse (3937) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy greenish yellow with tall white head. Aroma of fresh grass, flowers, elderflower, citrus, light funk. Taste is fresh, citrusy and crisp tart, mellow sour finish. Light and crisp body with soft to average carbonation.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Mattís
Hazy blond color, with green hue, and generous head. Strong spicy aroma, with good character, and also a touch of hazelnut. Highly carbonated; very dry; also fairly acidic, lemony, tart, moderately astringent, close to some mellow Lambic.
Excellent, very well brewed; the more I drink of it, the more I like it.
jnortonvt (49) - Essex Jct., Vermont, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2014 Poured out of 750ml bottle purchased at brewery this summer to top off what I guess was last summer-like Saturday of the year. Loved the light golden color and medium-frothy head. More frothy than any other Hill Farmstead that Iíve tasted...not a bad thing. It quickly dissipated.
I smelled aromas of grass, citrus, and...possibly, hay?? I thought it had a soft carbonation - which I especially liked. It has a light body, which a summertime brew should have but a a bitter, long-lasting finish.
Which brings us to the taste. It is one sour beer. What a saison should be, I guess. Yet, from these guys, I had hoped that they may have broken tradition a little bit and cut the sour/bitter with the honey. I canít taste the honey nor the dandelion. If you want to taste dandelion, Iíd suggest Pistil from Magic Hat brewery (though thatís an ale).
If youíre into saisons, you will probably like this a lot. The one thing I will say is that it doesnít have that spicy taste that turns me off from the style. Itís actually grown on me a little as Iíve been writing this. Yet, saisons will still not be a go-to brew for me and even the great microbrewery canít change my mind.