matbigrey (48) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml bottle brewed in may 2013)
Nice foamy head on top of the glass ... I expected it to be more bitter but the balance of spices and pepper taste makes this beer quite original and delicious feel a small pineapple taste which is quite pleasant!! also has a quite good hop taste ... I totally recommend this beer ... not a masterpiece but it is what they advertised... thumbs up!
Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (7% ABV, brewed May 2013). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (dough, basement), with notes of apple skins, lemon zest, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Strange...all three of the Hopfenstark saisons have had ABV discrepancies between RB and the label (most notably Station 7)...so either they change from batch to batch or they’re labeling them differently for export. Anyways, this one’s decent enough but not nearly as good as the 16. This is more vague, apple-like and less bright aromatically, a bit more sweet, syrupy, and boozy, and just overall less impressive. Drinkable and almost enjoyable, but after the strong showing of the 16, I have to admit this is kinda disappointing.
lesifflebiere (1274) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière couleur paille, trouble, avec un film de mousse et un solide col sur le pourtour du verre. En nez, les notes de saison typiques : ananas, épices poivrées, mangue. L’amertume annoncée se retrouve bel et bien en bouche, accentuant le côté poivré caractéristique de la levure ; les fruits jouent les seconds violons, apportant tout juste assez de complexité et de rondeur au breuvage, au demeurant audacieux et puissant. Pas la plus accessible des "stations", mais elle a le mérite d’être une saison fonceuse et originale, autant que savoureuse.
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, indicates 7% ABV. Large, rocky off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some spicy/white pepper, grapefruit rind, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, coriander, spicy/white pepper, bread, caramel, some orange/grapefruit rind. Soft light-medium body, low carbonation.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at station host. Pour is hazy golden with nice white head and huge lacing. Aroma light citrusy hops, caramel, saison yeast. Taste is pretty malty and fairly sweet for the style, some citrusy and butter hops, light fruity notes. Medium body and good carb. Way too malty and sweet for a saison. Not my thing.
LilBeerDoctor (3497) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vices et Versa. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light fruits, apple, apricot, melon, bready malt, and light spices. Flavor of bready malt, peppery spices, clove, light fruits. Solid saison- fruity in the aroma and more spicy in the flavor.
Jow (2177) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle Friday night from whole foods midtown east. Pours orang gold white head. Nose is yeasty and spicy. Tastes super yeasty, with some hops, apples, lemon, leaves, and pepper. Decent and different.
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours dirty orange with white head. Nose and taste of stone fruit, lime, herbs, caramel malt, apple skin and spices. Medium body.
shaynsawchuk (491) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours peach juice with a thin head and no lacing. Aromas of stone fruit (peach, nectarine), pear, lime herb, a touch of caramel malt. Incredibly complex. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very good.
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with little head. Aromas of orange peel, Carmel and farmy funk. Complex taste with lots of fruit notes (apricot and citrus). Caramel malts. Long finish. Low carb. Tasty.