Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, best by 4/9/2014. The pour yields a dusky, dark orange-amber colored body with a cloudy consistency. A billowing head of rocky, craggy, cream colored froth fades slowly to a pronounced, bubbly edge, leaving hard, sticky bands of lacing in its wake. The nose is just what I was hoping for, very dry, and loaded with peppery, dusty, grassy hops. Earthen, brett-laced yeast has sufficiently reduced the aromatic sugars to a minimum, as just a bit of balancing grain malt sweetness remains. A very delicate touch of orange peel and perhaps a little coriander lend a saison-like spiciness. Flavors follow suit, showing very rustic, with a dry farmhouse ale base. Toasted bread and a hint of grain malt sweetness are tempered by the musty, earthy yeast, as bold, dry grasses, peppery flowers, and a dash of citrus lend plenty of hoppy bitterness. The palate sports an ample body, one in fact that drinks a bit heavier than the 6% ABV would suggest, yet is manages to stay nearly bone dry and thirst quenching. This beer simply defies classification. Ultra-hoppy, dry Belgian saison? Belgian IPA? Hoppy Belgian amber? Whatever the hell you decide to call it.....I call it delicious.
drpimento (2168) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hahahaha, love the irony here. If this is a saison, it doesn’t work all that well to me. If it’s a very hoppy amber/IPA, it works great! Anyway, I really like it. Poured with a lovely, cream colored, foamy, frothy, thick head and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, medium amber. Aroma is huge Belgian yeast, then malt, hop, a bit of caramel and a tiny bit of skunk. Flavor is like nose, but skunk disappears; caramel, malt and is quite bitter and dry with only enough sweetness to compliment the whole. Body is soft and mouth filling with just right carbonation. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers to the slight residual maltiness dominated by the hop bitterness.
meerbier (1473) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Well brewed Belgian ale with loads of hop. However not like all those Scandinavian and US beers with grassy, floral and fruity hops. No, just regular bitter hops. Yet still easy going and refreshing.
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75 l bottle at Tuulensuu, Tampere. Hazy yellow brown color. Toffeish, citrusy and grapefruity aroma. Bitter, toffeish, yeasty and herbal flavor with bitter orange pith. Herbal, bitter and orangey finish. Drinkable yet rich, nice.
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy golden colored beer, with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of hop bitter, with some flower and fruits. The taste op hop bitter, dry, a little sweet with some spices in the back. The aftertaste is bitter for a while.
Damico (2473) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of a subtley sweet saison so pleasing in the nose. The cloudy golden color has a great foamy head on top. The flavor of a decent saison with a great wild flavor. You get balanced hop notes as well.
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Harvest 2009 bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Deep orangey golden colour with a creamy offwhite head. Good fruity and slightly herbal hop nose. Quite bitter, lots of herbal hop bitterness that lingers on. Still hints of toffee towards the finish. Well-carbonated. Intricate delicacy.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 7/2/2010. This saison pours a slightly opaque medium copper gold color from a 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. Aroma is floral and spicy and somewhat fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied saison. The malts are fruity and semi sweet, peaches and apricots. The hops are herbal and earthy. A lot fuller tasting than most saisons, it also has a more distinct herbal character. Must be the hop flowers. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a hazy golden apricot with a medium sized white head. Musk and wheat. Medium bodied and musky. Dry crisp bitterness on the finish.
luimas75 (28) - Genova, ITALY - JUN 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birra che sta nel mezzo tra una triple e una saison. Gradevole aroma fruttato, in bocca è corposa e ben strutturata ben equilibrata nonostante l’abbondante uso di luppolo. Grande birra.