HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From February 2010 tasting with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. My 750ml bottle via trade with Boutip. Poured cloudy orange with a large and lasting creamy off-white head. Dry yet lush aroma, unusual - huge orange juice citrus with a very strong funky/herbal bitter spiciness - fantastic, really, so complex and maddeningly difficult to pin down (9-). The taste was a bit of a let-down - not bad, just quite a bit simpler, and lighter, than the aroma - dry, fruity, just a hint of that funky bitterness, although thankfully not sweet at all. It felt a bit watery on the palate, with only mild carbonation and a quick, weakly citrus finish. Still lovely overall, but like many beers that smell grrrrrrrrrrrrreat, I’d like more "oomph."
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at GBBF’10. Gold with a small white head. Curious, intriguing spicy aroma. Taste is sweet, candied grass, with herbs and wildflowers. Charming and very lovely.
mjs (6395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Kuikka) Poured dark brown and hazy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma was malty, fruity and spicy. Palate was medium bodid with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, fruitiness, Belgian yeas, hops, mildly saltiness, spiciness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. Decent beer but I would not call this a saison.
dnstone (2593) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey-gold with a nice off-white head. Excellent american-esque dry hop nose. Light bodied orange juice and nice hop tones. An excellent hoppy Belgian.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium. Faint aroma. Hazy copper body with yellow head and quite appropriately, nice, Brussels lace. Really nice saison with bretty aspect. Got lucky with this one as my ordering of it was blundered somewhat by language barrier
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The beer is a clear, brown-amber color that is topped by a fluffy, tan’ish colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass as it subsides. The aroma is fruity, berry like (specifically strawberry even) and also has notes of toasted malt, nutmeg and an orange-peel note that becomes quite apparent after some time. This is very aromatic smelling; complexly spicy, a nice fruitiness and enough malt character to round things out quite nicely. The spice notes (especially the orange-peel) really seem to get more and more dominant as the beer warms.
The beer tastes drier than the aroma suggested, but has some sweetness to it. This beer is light and quaffable feeling, especially when you consider the character that the beer has; there is a touch of viscosity here though as this certainly is not thin. The finish has flavors of toasted malt, caramelized malt sugars, biscuit like notes and some flavors that remind me of candi-sugar syrup. Berry-like flavors couple with a spice character, both of which are a touch more muted than they were in the nose. Flavors of nutmeg, bitter herbs, orange-peel, as well as some hop herbal notes and bitterness are noticeable. The balance of this beer is towards the spiciness (though this is complex enough to be subtle), but this is solidly backed by the fruit and malt / sugar character.
This ends up quite nicely balanced between all of its components; the dryness of the flavor is quite nice, especially considering the depth of flavor here. Quite tasty and eminently quaffable, both make for a great beer.
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber pour. Sweet malts, caramel, light fruit, somewhat earthy, and herbal hops. Too sweet for a saison.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
shared by Cmillward. Spicy, tropical fruits on the nose. Pours amber with a thin white head. Thin body and the flavor is just a little too sweet for me.
Ratman197 (13084) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, mint, light citrus and light barnyard. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, mint, light orange and light barnyard with a crisp dry lingering mint finish.
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from IPB
Appearance : Clear amber with a medium head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Crisp estery yeast. A bit tart with notes of caramel. Rustic and even slightly barnyard.
Taste : A bit tart with dark fruits. Light notes of caramel. Tart and rustic. Light bitterness. A bit barnyard.
Overall : Very drinkable and refreshing. Nice light bitter finish. I like the tartness and barnyard profile of this. Was expecting less from this one, nice surprise. Great summer beer. I would have liked it a bit more cleaner with no caramel and sweet dark fruits.