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.
AirForceHops (4079) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle with a bottling date of 7 /2014. Aroma is mild crushed dandelion, yeast and very mild citrus hints.
I have never had dandelion tea before and this is a very interesting and innovative brew. Flavor shows a good lasting honey through the sip with a light tone of floral hints and very mild tartness. The tartness is subdued by the honey. Sweet for sure but not overly so, real nice balance between the ingredients. The mouthfeel is lighter with a drying texture over the tongue. I love how balanced the flavor is, never thought I would drink a beer made with dandelions in it. Very nice with a high level of drinkability.
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate florals, light honey, faint lemon peel, and a touch of herbal notes. It pours a hazy dull golden-orange with a small white heat that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin soapy ring. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of citrus. There is some light florals in the background. The finish has light-moderate lemon and lemon peel. It’s light bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
tectactoe (3000) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Super murky, cloudy bright golden body with a sudsy, foamy white head that hangs around for a few moments before receding to a small collar. Aroma loaded with that familiar Hill terroir; loads of floral notes, musty cotton, mild barnyard funkiness, stone fruit, a touch of wood, faint lemon, plenty of grassiness. Very soft flavor. A nice wet cotton blanket funk explosion with a solid backing of minerals, modest stone fruit skins, wet hay, a touch of lemon, faint cobweb & barn stall funk, & a nice finish of grass & straw. Crispy mouth feel; light, yet full. Lovely saison.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 1/7/12 from a capped 750mL bottle. Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thick, rocky white head that slowly recedes to fluffy lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is floral and herbal, pollen dandelion, honey, spicy yeast and pale malt. The flavor is pale malt, bitter dandelion, lemon peel, a lightly honeyed note, and spicy/dusty yeast. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long pale malt, spicy yeast, and lightly bitter floral finish.
PartyFowle (318) - - FEB 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured in a snifter. Made with spelt from Vermont, American hops, wildflower honey, dandelion flowers. Hazy apricot hue with one inch of dense, cottony head. Nose is a blend of lemon peel, light funky hay, dandelion, wet grass, floral. Can’t stop smelling it. Complex as potpourri, but subtle. A bit of sweet pear, a splash of vinegar, a touch of apple juice and some lemonade tartness in the flavor. Floral notes settle into the sides of the tongue, with a zesty lemon-lime character up front. Slightly dry, very quenching. The light body is silk on the tongue. Zesty carbonation; champagne-like. Not peppery; more lemony and tart. Very refreshing, complex but not combative.
JK (4845) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow color with a good sized white head and lacing foam. Earthy, brett aroma. Dry flavor with more yeast, as well as flowers and leaves. I got the dandelion but not the honey. Dry, lightly spiced finish.
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at semi-S&G tasting (since the music was shut down halfway through).
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head.
NOSE: lemon, fresh, zeste.
TASTE: lemon, fresh, little hoppy, grains, very balanced.
blklab2007 (2070) - 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 (3903) - 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 (3467) - 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.