FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A careful pour into my New Belgium globe glass still ends up filling my glass to the rim with foam, and then rising almost a full two fingers in height over the top. The beer is a rich gold color, and shows a mostly clear, pale yellow, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of spices, smokiness and fruit character. From a distance it smells fruity and spicy, but a closer inspection is dominated by the smokiness. The smokiness doesn’t not have the fullness nor savory quality that beechwood smoked malt has, but it isn’t sharp, phenolic and overwhelming like peat smoked malt either; it adds a nice, softer, woody and smoky character to the nose without being overly sharp or phenolic. The has lots of berry like notes to it (perhaps even evocative of juniper berries); it reminds me of a small, dried, bluish berry of some sort that I can’t quite put a name too. The spice character seems to lend an herbal edge to this beer, but it melds in with the smokiness so well that at times it can be hard to pick out.
Softly fruity and light tart up front, the middle and finish is dominated by the smokiness that lingers on the palate a bit like a saw-burned plank of wood; the smokiness is not so dominant in the flavor though that the other notes can’t come through. The beer is quite light bodied, it is buoyed by the effervescent, prickly carbonation, and certainly isn’t watery, but it is light and refreshing (assuming you are not turned off by smokiness, which I am not). That bright, berry like fruitiness from the aroma is also here in the flavor; it is joined by a hint of pear or ripe plum character, but really has a tart, almost , but not quite, dried blueberry note, perhaps a touch of mulberry even. The malt character plays a supporting role here, it adds a rounded, slightly cracker like, but more of a wholesomeness to the smokiness that dominates this beer.
An interesting beer; it gets extra points for its uniqueness, and I would love to try the real thing at its source, but I can’t really say that the smokiness is balanced well with the other notes. Still this is far from bad, and I am actually enjoying this.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Walt. Hazy yellow pour. Nose is juniper, smoke and sharpie. Flavor is (you guessed it) juniper, smoke and sharpie.
bleeng (1554) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 bottle. Bright light gold and hazy. Small white head. Nose is first smoke, then a bit of funk and yeast. Taste is backwards, with the yeast and funk first and then smoke at the end. Unique. Not a bit smoke fan but this is interesting.
RobertDale (3916) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of smoke, malt, yeast, and pine. Taste is smoke, yeast, fruit, pine, and spice. Unique. Worth a try.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Grainy malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse esters, lemon zest.
T - Grainy and lightly bready malts, smoke, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, juniper, other herbs and spices, farmhouse flavors, lemon zest, vanilla.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, estery, and smokey finish.
D - Nice smoked saison. Good balance of smoke, spices, and yeast character.
maxwelldeux (4033) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a moderate head. Nose is slightly sour with a somewhat smokey taste. Very light drink. Good brew.
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Very light pour with a huge white head. Aroma is tons of smoke and maybe some juniper. Taste is beefy, smoke, and bitter berries.
Cavie (3898) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Central Market. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a ton of bubbly white head. Aroma is almost smoky, woody and reed. Beefy smell and flavor. Earthy flavor with a dry flavor. Smoky and roasty. Tastes like Vikings pillaging my mouth.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@BBF12. Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is malt, citrus and smoke. Flavour is malt, caramel, citrus and light smoke.
drpimento (2351) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Provided by JJ. Served with a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts all the way down. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is yeast, smoke, sour, with notes of fruit. Flavor’s like nose, smoke is prominant, but not overdone; again a bit tart. Body’s decent, good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly easy drinking, would killer to cook with..