Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
September 5, 2011.
Pours between goldenrod and dark goldenrod with a huge, pillowy six-finger head. It’s unfiltered and lightly hazy, though still fairly radiant. I let the head settle and poured another two ounces of beer in and the head erupted upwards again; when it broke the invisible threshold of the top of the glass, it looked like a flower blooming.
Lots of bright citrus and fresh hay on the nose, though the whole experience has a certain musty, barn-like quality to it, like entering a stable on a bright summer day after it’s rained. A strong green/young floral quality bursts forth as well. Increasingly floral as it opens up.
Opens with a clean wheatiness which the yeast transforms into a grassy and nutty wheat background and conduit for the strong earthy and floral components of the saison. Mildly spicy phenols are present mid-palate which, combined with the dandelions, make me think of bitter leafy greens. Floral through and through, but not as over-the-head as, say, Mamouche.
Light-medium in body with very lively carbonation. Pleasantly dry, especially on the finish.
At first sip, I thought this wasn’t as complex as some of Shaun’s saisons, but that’s not really the case. Different, yes, but still fantastically executed. Vera Mae screams Spring, the sun, fresh grass, flowers.
blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 07/2014. Pour has a wheat golden color with a thin coating of white head. Aroma has mild tartness, yeasty goodness, a bit of fruit, and green dandelion. Mouth feel is light and the carbonation good. Flavor has more of a sour side than expected, light acidity, green dandelion, mild hop bitterness, and a clean lasting finish. This was real nice and I quite enjoyed it.
zvikar (3624) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Alexey. Pours yellow hazy with a huge head, aroma of flowers, funk, brett, green leaves, bitterness, flavor is slightly sour and green, brett, funk, medium bodied, great.
rodenbach99 (3264) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille partagée par Patrick, merci. Une robe jaune avec une mousse blanche. Une nez de pipi de chat, fleurs blanches, malt pils. La bouche offre un côté bizarroïde avec de qui semble de la bile, des fleurs, de la pisse, beaucoup de fleurs de pisselits en fin de dégustation.
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bouteille datée de juillet 2014) Voyons ce que cette jaune Vera Mae a dans le ventre. Je sens des fleurs terreuses et poivrées, de la paille, du blé, du seigle, du citron et des craquelins. Je goûte à des fleurs, à des feuilles, à des racines et à des herbes. Il y a aussi des épices et des fruits acidulés comme des citrons. Son corps est légèrement huileux et pétillant. En finale, tout est bien sec, suret et poivré. Très belle bière. Bien facile à boire. Elle est complexe et singulière. À reboire n’importe quand.
JBPortland (929) - Portland, Maine, 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 (2489) - 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 (2549) - 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. It’s good but so weird!
_angst_ (3051) - Göteborg, 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 (3028) - Göteborg, 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 (36) - 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.