blankboy (6286) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-copper with an average size fizzy white head. Aroma: yes, this smells great! Flowery hops, citrus fruit, yeast, light spices and light malt backing it up -- lots of hops even! Flavour’s also nice, it’s hoppy and fruity along with yeast and spices and again, well backed by malt -- tasty and refreshing! Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Wow, what a nice surprise this was -- I loved it!
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Bierkonig-amsterdam. Pour is hazy brown with a tallish white head. What is it with brown saisons these days - two in a row here in Holland. Not ugly, just unexpected. Nose is first some erathy, muddy yeast, then bubble gum, fresh flowers and a little hint of spices. Flavor is first slightly fruity/malty - tangerines, biscuit, with the slight pine and peppery basil hops showing lightly. Then, an interesting dose of herbs and spices - certainly the basil from the nose, but also a very ’chai tea’ thing going on (cardamom, cinnamon, anise, clove) - really interesting . Finish is quite dry with some bitterness and a slight earthy tartness. Never shows the ’classic’ saison funkiness, but has that ’certain something; that most well-crafted saisons share. High carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. All in all, this reminded me of a Fantome-esque beer . Weird but good with some really unique stuff that seemed out of place at first but ended up working pretty well.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@Home. Toffee and spices aroma. Brown colour, off-white head, fair lace. Light sweet, bitter, laurel, toffee, mint, basil. Dry mouth feel. Interesting, well brewed, but not my cup of tea with all those spices.
skortila (4631) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. The aroma has flowery hops, yeast, some spice (juniper?), grapefruits. Hazy, copper/amber coloured with a lasting, off-white head. The taste is slightly bitter, has some sweetness, has grapefruits, spice, flowers. Bit sharp hoppiness overall. Well, bodied. Some carbonation. Nice beer.
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. ARoma of sweetness, fruits and spice. Flavour of herbs, caramel, spice and fruits. Medium bodied. Dry herbal end.
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off white head.
Fruity aroma of caramel, apricots, hops and pien needles.
Fruity flavour of caramel, apricots, hops and pine needles.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with a medium beige head . Sweet malty aroma with caramel, hops and piney notes. Sweet flavovour with loads of hops, lemons, pine and hints of malt. Finished bitter.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head. Tart, citrusy nose. Medium body, sweet fruit, yeast and afgain loads of dry citrus without being overly hoppy. Deliciously fresh. 030110
garthicus (2734) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing. Appearance: Murky brown, small but lasting white head. Aroma: Sweet hops, banana, cream with some vanilla and lemon too, very nice. Flavour: Slight mango, hops, sweet up front but with a nice long dry malt finish.. nice hops mixed in the finish too. Good indeed.
Glouglouburp (6104) - 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.