presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glass at the pub. Dark yellow. Lasting white head. Warm straw and funk scent. Doft body and warm herb/spice. Lemon, almost creamsicle edge.
LadySusan (706) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at Festival Bieres et Saveurs 08. The color is a hazy honey with a beige head. The aroma is so pleasant with the presence of herbs spicies and malt. The taste is also of herbs and mint and malt. The finish is a dry taste that is very pleasing.
HogTownHarry (5638) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (750ml) Shared by GregClow with me, blankboy, garthicus and tupalev. Hazy orange, plenty of floaties, and an average lasting creamy off-white head. Incredibly dry and spicy/herbal aroma, with citrus zest and decent malty sweetness. The taste has so much happening - lemon sourness (big up-front hit of sourness, abates quickly), orange zest, grassy bitterness, spicy yeast, and a lingering acidity - note was "fucking awesome!" Lively mouthfeel, acidic, sticky, finishes sour and crisp (if that’s possible) - WANT MORE OF THIS.
blankboy (5151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow via Fred.</i> Pours a murky dark yellow with a large lasting off-white head. Very nice yeasty, spicy aroma along with some light sweetness, herbs and fruit. Flavour’s also yeasty and spicy, citrusy too, along with herbs and some light bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Well done, another fantastic Saison from these guys!
Gorbalev (2823) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, and Garthicus, courtesy of GregClow and thanks to the guys at Hopfenstark for the bottle! Floral, herbal aroma, really really nice and inviting. Dark hazy yellow, small white head, loos terrific. Huge sour taste at first, fades to a lovely floral quenching finish. Light malt, huge flavour. Complex. These guys know how to make terrific Saisons.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy orange amber ale with a thin off white head. A pleasant fruity aroma with notes of strawberry, light herbal notes. In mouth, a sweetish candy sugar, light solvent, strawberries. Oily mouthfeel. Festival Bières et Saveurs, August 29 2008.
garthicus (2336) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by GregClow with BlankBoy, Tupalev and HogTownHarry. Appearance: Hazy orange with a small head. Aroma: wonderful pineapple and herb aroma, fruity and refreshing. Flavour: Herbs, champagne, really hits the tip of the tongue, lemon and coriander. Really enjoyable, another hit from Hopfenstark.
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A fruity and very herbal/spicy Belgian ale. Ok in small quantity
How: Tap at Vices & Versa
The look: Murky dark dirty golden body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose of herbs and dried fruits. Taste is very fruity and very spicy. Fruity flavours include citrus, orange juice + orange peels, marmalade, dried bananas, pineapples, kiwis, grapefruits. Herbal spiciness is omnipresent and have of lots of spices one would use to make a spaghetti sauce with basil, thyme and more plus some coriander. Finish is all over the place with sweet fruit juice, dry herbal bitterness and a light tart acidity. Not much farmhouse/wild Saison sensation here, probably crushed by all those herbs and spices. Part of it reminded me of those traditional ales that use a bunch of herbs and no hops. The first half of my glass was ok because it is tasty, complex and different. By the second half of my glass however the over-the-top herbal nature of the beer was starting to annoy me. I don’t know how the third half of my glass could have tasted because of the stupid universe and its boring physic laws.
elihapa (1487) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap, Saint Bock 10/4/08. Pours a hazy pale orange color with a wispy head. I could have sworn that Saisons had a good amount on alcohol in them, but this adaptation (incorrectly?) proved me wrong at 5% ABV. I found this pretty tasty, with some light Belgian spices, with yeast, citrus, and malt. Finish maintains a touch of bitter/tartness. Good, but hopefully not Hopfenstark’s best, given this is a brewery I was really looking forward to sampling. Cheers.
MJGG (852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de 12 oz, d’un fût à la brasserie. Arômes citronnés et herbaux. Robe orangée et trouble, belle mousse. La bière présente une belle personnalité citronnée et laisse discrètement paraître les goûts typiques d’une levure de saison. Arrière-goût légèrement amère et citronné. Les herbes sont apparentes mais demeurent bien intégrées à la bière.