TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pale gold. Big-bubbled but well-sustained fluffy white head. Attractive nose of white peach, lemongrass, uncured hay, gum, flowery hops and some peppery phenol. Hint of plaster, mineral, Dupontlike sulfur, gooseberry, and lactic acid. Gentle pinpricks of carbonation. Highly invigorating with a well-rounded lemony tartness to open things up. Complementary surge of ripe, well-detailed haylike pils malt provides a reasonably sturdy base as delicate breaths of soft lilac gracefully poke through. Elegantly weightless malt, yet fairly textural with a pleasant grassiness. Wheatlike twang augments drinkability as does a slippery melonlike dimension. Lactic acid nestles snugly into the palate, firming up the highly mineralic body. Remarkably light in body, yet far from frail or empty. Conversely, things are brightly flavorsome, with a healthy dose of hop-derived nectar and well-extracted malt aiding the light frame as they supply the body with much-needed depth. Finishes with a lactic acid snap which gently curbs the semi-starchy pils malt. Tasty medley of grassy and floral hops lingers. Up until now, the three JK beers I have sampled have been emphatic duds. But I’ll be darned if this isn’t a pretty nice one. Could still use a bit more pils depth to offset the tangy wheat and acid malt, as well as some ramped up hop bitterness, which is pretty much nonexistent. And it does lack some of the rustic charm and estery sophistication of the greats like De la Senne Zinnebir, Taras Boulba, De Ranke XX Bitter, etc. But as this is my favorite style of beer to drink, hands down, one might say this is a step toward redemption. Any brewery that can brew a clean and sessionable beer from noble hops and light-colored grains gets a thumbs up from me! A pleasant saison.
roxtersoxter (347) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours unfiltered yellow with thick white head out of bottle. Aroma wheat, flowers, and bread. Light flavor of wheat with hint of citrus. Good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Delicate lemony floral and grassy aroma and flavor. There’s a little grainy malt and yeast in the flavor as well. Crisp and clean...pretty damn good for a low abv beer. Too bad it ain’t priced like one."
Alengrin (2463) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian-style blonde table beer with wheat malt. Stable, cream white, sticky, moussy head and pale blonde colour with greenish hue, hazy like a witbier. Wheaty aroma with citrussy hops, sour cream, bread, cookies, green apple. Smooth and light palate with fresh citrus touch, light wheat sourness and mellow, bready barley malt, flowery and even peppery hop bitterness in the finish, much stronger than in normal Belgian table beers, long and a bit drying acidity; evidently a watery mouthfeel. Not sure what to think of this, it reminds me more of Dupont’s Biolégère and therefore a table beer version of saison rather than an actual triple table beer.
John25 (692) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear yellow with a huge white head. Apple juice aroma. Light malts blend well with the farmhouse yeast. Super clean and light. A little grass and hay. Overall, easy but very forgettable. -- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A low abv and well hopped Belgian blonde ale that is not watery. Interesting alternative thirst quencher.
How: Bottle 750ml, a few times, always fresh.
The look: Cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a small white head.
In long: This is a beer I’ve had a few times, never thought it was much of a Saison even if ratebeer says it is a Saison. Of course the beer is dry (d’oh, 2.9%) but I never thought it had that Saison character. What it had was extremely high drinkability, as easy to drink as a 2.9% beer should be without sacrificing the taste. You’ve got the typical Belgian blonde ale fruity esters and flavors (bananas and others) and a generous grassy hoppiness. Doughy round chewy cereals. Never watery despite its size. Quite an aromatic little beer. I wish someone would make beers like that in cheap 6-pack, but in semi-pricey 750ml I’ll go back to cheaper low abv pale ales to quench my thirst. Named after a famous book, that thing that is like a very long rating that doesn’t talk about beer.
Hermod (3457) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, Gråsälstasting #4. Thx Jookos! Pours hazy golden, frothy white head. Nice citrusy, fruity, sour notes, apricots in aroma. Flavor has apricots, wheat, citrus and kiwi. Nice fruity finish. Awesome. And only 2,9.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
SperkeleForce (613) - FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 75 CL. Ty to Jookos. Hazy yellow color with frothy lacing head. Nice fruity hops, apricot, citrus. Great taste for such a low alcohol level.
jookos (2621) - FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (pre batch 11, I guess). Pale yellow, hazy. Dry stone fruity, some hay wheat. Some ginger. Light body. Wheaty malts, soft fruityness. Dry, citrus. Fruitier than the princess, softer too. Bit more flavour. Excellent low abv. Refreshing, nice.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from some shithole liquor store. Hazy lemon pour with a big white head and sticky lacing. Citrusy, straw, biscuit, lactic, light vanilla, light herbs, and basil in the aroma. Taste is biscuit, crackery malt, grassy, somewhat earthy, and lactic with some sour lemon notes on the backend. Light body with high carbonation. Really nice quaffer and perfect for what it’s designed to accomplish.
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy gold, thin white head. Nice white pepper saison nose, light lemon sourness. Taste has more sour and yeast notes. Refreshing and good for the strength.