FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
No Bottle date, Sampled April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
The beer pours with a hazed, orange-tinged, pale amber, almost honey color. It is not visually as explosive as some Saisons, but it is still well carbonated with a pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is tart, with a peppery scented earthy base wild herb aromatics and a rustic, weed-like grassiness. This is much more rustic and earthy than Dupont and not as cleanly hoppy. Fresh pear aromatics lean towards green unripe pear, a touch of chive, some definite nettle and herbal-pepper notes play a big role in the nose.
The beer tastes lightly tart, but well balanced by pale grain flavors that are almost cracker like. There is also a hint of sweetness that keeps this from being bone-dry, but this is most definitely dry like a good Saison should be. Grassy herbal hops and a lingering bitterness are found in the finish. Hints of orange zest flavor are noticeable and the Asparagus I am eating brings out an herbal, grassy hop character. This is not as hoppy as Dupont (though is that due to the unknown age of the beer), but still is significantly so. Rustic, earthy undertones that are not quite medicinal, nor overly phenolic, but definitely adds a complexity and tastiness that is so nice. A prickly, ample carbonation contributes to the spiciness as the beer dances across the tongue. Hints of a musty cellars and damp, slightly moldy cotton balls add some funky touches to this beer. The finish has a tannic quality to it with an astringency and there is also an expressive, but somewhat dirty, hop bitterness.
My Bolognese mussels accentuate a fruitiness in this beer; flavors of pear and apple become much more apparent and there is perhaps even some Sauvignon blanc like notes here as well. My last pour adds a touch of yeast bitterness that adds to the rusticity of this Saison. This is a perfect expression of a Farmhouse Saison; it is even a touch more rustic than Dupont. A really fantastic beer that easily pairs seamlessly with the meal I just ate. There is just enough of a rustic edge to this beer and the other notes of hops, pale-malt goodness and oodles of yeast character makes for an awesome experience.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Hazy dark straw with frothy ow head. Nose is rock sugary malt, hopcitrus, honey, apricot. Tastes malty, floral, with hops, honey, and spicy notes.
Quevillon (2841) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank on day 2 of the 2010 Mondial de la Bière. Pretty misty blonde, average head. Malty aroma of fresh grass, touch of hops. Dry taste, crisp pale malt, a dry bitter aftertaste. It’s good, if you like it dry!
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fabulous beer! Poured with an enourmous cream colored foamy frothy fluffy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is yeasty spicey grain cereal little hop. Flavor is like aroma plus has some caramel but really not too sweet. Perfect body and carbonation to make this even better than dupont Saison! Finish is excellent!! Absolutely the beer for a summer day. Session upon session. Has just enough sweetness to entice and the masterful balance of tart/bitter to keep it fresh and lovely. Man o man.
bhensonb (13731) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped 750 from Perry’s Liquor in Livermore, CA. Pours orange gold with a large foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma seems mildly funky/citrus. Medium body with frothy carbonation. There seems to be a lot of hop. Mostly the herby/grassy/noble type. Funk is quite mild. It finishes nicely bitter. Leaves the mouth wanting more. This is a nice ale.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Dome. Orange colour and a withe rocky head. The aroma is strong fruity and peppery but lacks that peculiar Saison touch. Medium bodied and far too bitter.
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy dark golden color with white head. Aroma is musty and doughy and slightly fruity. Similar flavors with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Tempel. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pepper, orange peel, and pale malts. Flavors are of mild citrus, leafy and herbal hops, and fruity saison yeast. Light bodied and very drinkable, especially for 6.5%.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’orange avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de zestes d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #3015)
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Beertemple. Golden colored brew. Aroma is yeast, hops and fruits. Flavor is mild, fruity and light sour.