Borresteijn (4326) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 3rd Brugs BF. Hazy dark amber colour, dense yellow/orange head. Aroma of grapefruit, mango, light laurel, blood oranges. Flavour is very fruity, as above, some laurel, caramel, grapefruit bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice.
FatPhil (8349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki, Big bottle weeks)
Deep hazy orange, small frothy head. Huge, quite pungent hoppy aroma. Soft carbonation. Some sweet caramel aroma too. Palate a bit sacchariney, and bitter. Plenty of roasted malt, and very raw hops. A touch of alcohol occasionally. Some grapefruity bitterness, and other sweet citrus tones. Finish has some sherbetty citrus. Saccharine comes through more latter, coats the mouth a bit. I think they tried a bit hard wit this one.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Veiled amber covered by a large, healthy foam loaded with Belgian lacing. Bright lemon zest hops are brought to our attention together with perfumey/flowery aspects and a rye-like spiciness. In mouth, the pils malts make up a crisp mouthfeel, delivering plenty of freshness as vigorous carbonation cleanses the palate between the sips. Ginger and lime seem to conclude the show. Brightness all over the place. A true performer this beer as my expectations were far inferior to the regular Saison. The yeast shows authentic Belgian character, high, fitting attenuation (dry and almost nutty), a fitting mineral palate and a remarkably bright hop profile considering its origins.
goozen (2680) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,75ltr: Clear amber coloured brew with an array of fruity/spicy/floral taste, and ofcouse an beautiful beerlabel.
rederic (2846) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, amber color, with a beige head, yeasty, fruity, ripe apple, spicy floral hop nose, with some herbal. flower petal, spicy accents with some faint lime, grapefruit skin esters, and a toasted, biscuity malt aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, toasty, mild grainy, fruity citrusy character with a flowery hop lime, lemon, grapefruit leafiness, with a spicy herbal, lavender note, leading towards a floral, herbal, spicy hop dry bitterness finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear coppery brown color with a thick, rocky, white head. The aroma is all about floral, citrusy hops up front with some malty and fruity elements. The flavor has a good dose of citrusy hops with a pleasant, slightlly biscuity malt and some fruityness. The body is light with a pleasant, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. While not being as captivating as the IV Saison, this dark saison is quite good.
bacchanalia (145) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lush deep brown, lovely nose of honeycombe & spice. On the palate it really is top notch, silky, smooth, very fine bubbles make the conditioning perceptible but in the background, the perfect amount for this style of slightly sweet spicey beer. Flavours are slight caramel, sweet malt, lovely lifted spice & that underlying acacia honey that really shows up on the nice finish. Cracking beer just lacks a little complexity to be really top end for me
probstblueribbon (2701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Phil, served cool in a Pils flute.
App.: Deep orange-amber, cloudy, smallish tan head.
Aroma: Bright lemon, orange, grapefruit, lots of citrus, lightly spicy, earthy and dirty, some fruity malts, slightly floral, reminiscent of an American IPA in a way.
Palate: Medium body and moderate effervescence.
Flav.: Nice spicy pine and grapefruit hops, some good fruity malts, bread and biscuit, light celery greens; fairly dry with light bitterness.
Nice a refreshing, an interesting interpretation of the style.
anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Vilvordia Bierproef Festival, Jette, Brussels. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma with some spicy hints. Slightly sweetish malty fruity hoppy bitter flavor with some spicy hints. Has a sweetish malty bitter hoppy finish with some spiy hints in the aftertaste.
Slayer85 (1038) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. An unclear mediumj amber beer , with an average sized, creamy, lacing, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is powerful and very hoppy, lighlty malty with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, flowers, some spices. Very pleasant, though not extremely balanced. The flavour has a moderate sweetness, a moderate acidity and a light to moderate bitterness. Citric and druity. Medium body, lively carbonation, quite long finish with medium bitterness and maybe something more. Unbalanced, but very tasty for me.