tastybeer (1609) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is darker gold/copper with a big off-white head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is belgo yeast, citrus, orange candy, booze. Taste is very sweet, light bitterness, pine, citrus, medicinal notes. Palate is syrupy, sticky, sweet finish. Not a saison - closer to a Belgian barleywine like Gulden Draak.
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from jmikolich (thanks a lot, Jim), pours a clear bronze / copper with a small tan head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic, with Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus hops and some cosmetic qualities. Flavour is exceedingly syrupy, with very medicinal notes of cough syrup, paint thinner and alcohol. This is pretty nasty, with a disgustingly syrupy quality and medicinal tones. What the hell were they going for? Gross.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter.
Although the side of label states this is brew a "malty Double Saison" it surprisingly pours amber with orange hues topped with an off white two finger fluffy head and more closely resembles a Double IPA than a saison. The aroma of toffee, citrus, and biscuity notes dominates. Opens with extremely sweet caramel, bitter lemon and orange rind, a hint of spice and finishes extremely sweet with a piney, citrus rind bitter edge. Low carbonation, full, syrupy body.
Overall, this beer is disjointed and has little, if any, cohesiveness. This isn’t surprising as this brew was billed as a "Saison IPA" on the front label and then a "malty Double Saison" on the side of the label. There were very few characteristics that I would attribute to a saison present including the lack of any farmhouse yeast influence. The biscuity aspects reminded me of an old ale. The extreme sweetness of this brew just didn’t work with the other aspects and brought me to the verge of a drainpour. Unfortunately, Super-Charged Saison IPA joins the long list of collaborations that just didn’t deliver.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
As far as collaborations go this one is not bad. I think it was just the fact that the resulting beer is a bit over the top. I can pick up on the contributions of both De Molen and Hoppin’ Frog as I sip it. Perhaps the second (an imperial stout) will be better balanced.
Aroma / Appearance - The semi-clear coppery body is the tone of someone who has spent a week on the beach developing a deep tan. The frothy head looks like spittle from the end of a can of whipped cream. Candy sugar, lemons, and grapefruit provide a kick of Belgian influence. Powdered sugar poured over a plate full of French toast rises from the glass. This is not subtle.
Flavor / Palate - Maple syrup and candy sugar brighten the palate. It is borderline too much. Grapefruit and cinnamon contribute to a heavy mouthfeel. The ABV here does not even attempt to be gentle. This works out fairly well but I know of better US / Europe collaborations in the same price point.
Nephilium (1260) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly fruity aroma, with a hint of the hops right at the beginning. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a full white head. I’m not quite sure what to think of this, it has the mouthfeel of an IPA, with caramel malts sweetening it. The Saison side just seems to exist with some spice notes at the very beginning. There is a touch of alcohol heat in the finish as well. This is a confusing beer, that doesn’t really match well to the Saison side of the equation.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with fatknitty - Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is sweetened toasted malt, esters, spice, and floral hops. The esters linger in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Medium body. A nice beer. Thanks Joe.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weird. Guess I should have had an inkling of what I was getting into, but a super strong, sweet saison that is loaded with American hops is not my cup of tea. Candied fruit in the aroma - candied pears and gooseberries. Big sweet malt and Belgian yeast up front in the flavor followed with a big citrus hop finish. Interesting, and I’ve never had anything quite like it, but I would not seek it out again.
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a tulip from a bomber. Nice amber color with a moderate tan head. Aroma is almost totally that of a saison - spicy, yeasty, and a bit bready. More hops show up in the taste, although it’s still mostly a saison with a touch of IPA thrown in. Spicy and piney hop flavors, backed by malt sweetness. An ok, drinkable beer, but nowhere close to the beer that I had hoped for when I bought the bottle.
MrHangover (2142) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear amber color, small white head. Aroma is more sugary and less hoppy than the other version. Way more sweeter and less interesting.
erickok (3183) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did a side-by-side of both versions of this colab, maybe thanks to dEnk! Both have the same almost clear dark copper body and beige lace. Rich sweetness, sticky fruit, herbal hops and lemon grass. Quite sweet but also sharp herbal bitterness. I liked this slightly better than De Molen version, even though this has less hop it is more refined. (Bottle at Colin’s De Molen tasting)