Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A doughy saison blending a strong wild yeast character with rye and flowery hops.
How: Handbottle from my buddy dickinsonbeer. Thanks a lot Paul.
The look: Slightly cloudy blonde body topped by a nice medium size creamy white head
In long: Nose is exactly what I was hoping with a name like that. Strong wild yeast presence and lots of rye. These two elements really blend well. Taste is mostly about the yeast, very strong wild character here. Crisp cereals with a touch of honey, flowery floral hops, some lactic notes, lots of spicy rye. Doughy texture with a lively carbonation. Something perfumy about the rye and flowery hops make for a little soapy touch. It looses because of the little soapy touch but overall I thought this was an above average Saison and the use of rye gives it a little something different. Feels very authentic. If you like doughy Saisons with a focus on the strong wild yeast character (i.e.:Dupont Forest) then you will like this beer. Another well put together beer by Iron Hill. This brewer knows what he’s doing. Good for him because skills is what you need when the boss has no daughter.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a slightly hazy light gold color. with an almost white head. Spicy rye aroma with some floral hop notes. The malt base smelled a little worty. The flavor was malty with more spicy rye and a floral finish. Touch of yeastiness in the middle.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft several times at Lancaster Iron Hill. Poured cloudy dark golden in color with an offwhite medium sized head. Aroma of rye and lighty bready. Tastes of rye, light citrus, spices, grass, and fairly earthy. A pretty nice selection.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of some spice and rye with a good amount of malts. Flavor is spicy and some mellow fruit and grain with a nice clean dry finish. Pretty good.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2392-20090801] Tap. Mildl nothing aroma has a bit of yeasty saison as it warms. Hazy, light yellow orange body with a quick foamy white head. Fair saison yeast flavour. Light-medium body. Average.
(BCTC @ Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY)
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden pour with a rocky head. Peppery aroma with some fruit. Dry and bitter at the beginning followed by some fruit and then dry again. Nice little beer. Touch of sour.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009-08-01. Golden yellow body with a mild aroma, a light spice with a touch of grainy character. Flavour is similar with light spice, touch of rye and pale grainy malt. Average plate. Okay. Bit simple? Growler at BCTC 2009
eaglefan538 (2819) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draft at the Lancaster location. Light golden color, decent initial had that had weak retention for the style. Good lacing somehow. But all amazing from there on. Aroma featured some sweeter candy apple and light fruit malts, a firm black pepper presence and some off straw notes too? Flavor wakes ya the heck up with firm in your face pepper and hops and presumably the spicy rye bitter twangy malts. Something from that spice rack too herbs and spices blend. Phenolic character is firm. Light fruits are present, light bananas at wamer temperatures. Mouthfeel was light and full at the same time. Refreshing heck of a beer. Dang good. Fantastic, in my IH top five. Good and lively carbonation.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of rye malts, citrus fruits, coriander, lemongrass, toast, and honey. Taste of lots of chewy rye, citrus fruits, vanilla, honey, tart wheat, grass, and a dry finish.
vtafro (2341) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ the Cuvee de Castleton release. Light pour with small head that lasted. Decent saision, flavor was slightly different than what I’m accustom to and/or like in a saison.