blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, golden pulpy color with loose white foam, aroma of lemon, honey and white pepper, light funk, flavors of more pepper, lemon, corn husk, grainy, nice beer
absurdia (19) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl (From next village - Jauche - Mini supermarket - Louis Delhaize)
Deep cloudy sunny blond color. Explosion of fruity aroma: pear, honey, light fruity hops & grassy hops. Great first taste with the aromas around light fruits with a zip of bitterness. Medium bodied. Fresh beer, very nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml from the MJBC. Pale golden pour with moderate yeast presence and a lively cream colored head. Fairly anonymous aroma in some sense, though there are hints of pear, yeast, and a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is nicely full, but there’s something a bit papery about the flavor. Very dry, and both fruit and yeast are there in the taste, but it gets really bland quickly. Kind of a disappointment.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light lemon, dust, spice, yeast. Yellow, hazy thin head. Some lemon, yeast, dust,wheat, dusty finish. Not that interesting.
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. thanks, dany! pours a murky toffeeish light amber with a frothy white head. nice lightly tarted yeasty wheatish nose. slight touches of lemon and grass. fizzy medium body, tangy orange and a biscuit note on the mid palate. very interesting, refreshing, and drinkable.
bb (6781) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream colored head. Malt aroma with light spice and light citrus. Spice and yeast flavor with light citrus. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Yeast, malt, and spice linger.
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pure gold with a straw sheen. Dense crown of white foam adorns the glass and displays good retention. Phenolic and pungently hoppy aroma consists of lemon zest, dusty yeast, wood, plastic, hay, hopsack, and crackery malt. Hops are deeply herbal with a light note of resin, as well. Rambunctious carbonation expands as it meets the palate. Bone-dry with a vivacious plasticlike phenolic snap, upfront. Swift emergence of dry, crunchy, toasty Pils malt collides with the brisk phenols and augments the dryness as it gradually nestles more snugly into the palate. Malt steadily develops more weight-lending toasty richness along the way before yielding to a soft and flavorsome hop burst echoed by an equally assertive aspirin-tinged bitterness reminiscent of resin and citrus peel. Dazzling contrast between the luminous peach succulence, starker phenols and persistent malt crackle. Deceptively simple finish exhibits exemplary focus and well-balanced flavors of feisty phenols, floral and herbal (jasmine, aniseed) hops and crackery Pils malt. Citric bitterness lingers as phenols occasionally reappear in the tasty belches. Ahh…sit back, slowly savor and let this delicate beer come to you. A superlative effort. Should be fun watching this up-and-coming brewery evolve, and see what they have hiding up their sleeves.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, lemon and orange zest, dried mango, honey, sassafras, gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Wow, Shelton Brothers are bringing in some truly awesome new brewers to the States this year. I recently fell in love with the amazing Brasserie St. Germain thanks to them (those Page 24 brews are truly world class across the board). And now this...a superbly crafted, elegant, clean, nearly perfectly balanced saison. You really couldn’t ask for much better. Very few breweries in the world can make this style well, which is heartbreaking because I love saisons so much. But this one’s a new fave...a tip o’ the cap to Saison Dupont for sure, but not a copycat by any stretch. Very fruity, brightly hopped, and effortlessly classy.
SSSteve (3724) - - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear gold with a large fizzy white head. very lively effervescent appearance. honey, pear, light fruity hops. grassy hops, pear, light fruits flavors. dry and light bodied with a lot of carbonation. a very nice refreshing saison or belgian pale.
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding saison, thank you phyl21ca again. Pours light yellow with oodles of white soapy foam. Aroma is hoppy and peppery, with tiny other spices. Taste is pale ale hops,supported by understated spices, very smooth and light on tongue. Delightful summer ale.