Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An crisp and sharp flowery and fruity Saison with a truly original character. Wow!
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when 6 to 12 months of age.
The look: Cloudy dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose of bubble gum, garden flowers and wild berries and wild yeast. Taste of unsweetened red liquorice hard-candies, grapefruits, red grapes, tangerines, toasted biscuits, herbal spices. A lot of flowery hops. Finish is a little dry, some flower juice, a light red grapes tartness/sourness, medium astringency and with only a mild bitterness. Overall very sharp. Not very wild or barnyard but still manages to have a Saison character. Lively carbonation and mouthfeel. There is something different about this beer that I cannot put into word other than to say that it is really original. Quality-wise this is almost to the level of their fantastic Saison IV, but this one is a lot less “standard”. This new brewery is simply amazing. And I have more of it, incredible, me, yes me, I have some good cense.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Brown color. Plums and licorice in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Toffee, milk chocolate and licorice in the malty flavor. Plums. Fairly long finish. Not bad.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009-11-27. Hazy amber body with modest white head and lace. 3+ Lovely aroma! Citrus melange (clementines, grapefruit, other) and light malts. Flavour is a lightly muted version of the aroma. Bitter citrus hops up front is briefly astringent, moderate bitterness throughout, mild malt. 7+ Average palate is just a touch lighter than my preference. Very nice. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 [2607-20091127] 750mL bottle. Lovely rough citrus aroma. Hazy, dark orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Rich rough citrus flavour, bold. Medium-full body. Simple, strong, and tasty. (8/3/8/4/17) 4.0
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, garthicus, GregClow, jerc)
[3329B-20100810] Tap. Sweet maple barrel malt aroma. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy cookie dough flavour has a long sweet aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty cookies, quite good. (7/4/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels, Belgium)
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at pre-Zythos bash, Alvinne, March 2009 (thanks due to JoeinUccle I think for sharing). Cloudy amber colour. Nice tart citrus bite. Some distinct aromatic, floral US hop character. I was looking forward to trying a new beer from this quite young but very accomplished brewery and I was not disappointed. Really tasty if hardly a traditional saison.
Borresteijn (4572) - 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 (9172) - 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 (6122) - 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 (2886) - 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 (2901) - 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.