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 Iíll be darned if this isnít 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.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle drunk 4/7/15
THANK GOD, not oxidized. After two severely and unexplainedly oxidized bottles, this one finally has no signs of it (leave it to the delicately noble-hopped, ultra low abv beer to be the one that isnít oxidized, haha).
Clear (bottles having sat cold for a long time) golden liquid has a small amount of bubbles rising to create a medium-sized white head that recedes rapidly to cover.
Lovely noble hops in the nose showcase meyer lemons, dry grass, light thyme and a touch of lime. That this low gravity of a beer has such a clean, clear, strong nose at 18-20 months is pretty incredible, I can only imagine what this must have smelled like fresh (and will hopefully find out soon, once I get more). Light yeast esters give a fresh plaster-like note which is distinctive and very intriguing/enjoyable.
Lemons, spongecake, fresh herbs and grassy hoppiness all combine in the flavor, with an almost brett-like zestiness from the yeast sitting in the background. Absolutely flawlessly clean and perfectly extracted malt. Not a touch of hop or yeast dirtiness, no doughiness and most importantly, no astringency/malt tannin, which at this low of a gravity, is a very impressive feat. Reminds me quite a bit of Batch 1 Redemption; one of my all time favorites. While this one is a bit more mild, even, than that one, itís still incredible. Canít get enough of the combination of hop and yeast phenols on the finish. Light body, but not thin (or more watery than it should be for its size). Carbonation is ample and tight. Hop bitterness is gracefully low throughout; something I can really get behind (perhaps thatís just preference but Iíll take this any day over XX bitter or Guineu Riner and the like)
As an after-note, even the bottom of the bottle with a bit more yeast inevitably mixed in, tastes amazing. If this is the only good bottle of the 10 I have, Iíll be happy enough (and will certainly be trading for fresh bottles of this).
rosenbergh (8429) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. From some Texas beer store.
The bottle doesnít say what batch is it but itís bought before Oct 2013 so it must be batch #10 or earlier.
Cloudy yellow colour with a small white head.
Mild juicy fruity hops, mild yeast and some dry maltiness in the aroma.
The flavour is dry malt, grassy hops, mild bitterness, grainy notes and some spices.
Easy but enjoyable Saison. A bit thin though but hey... itís only 2.9%.
Brandman (2356) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden body, very small wihte head. Green hue. Aroma has light maltiness, noble hops, bit mellow yeast. Peppery notes. Flavour is quite mellow and phenoly peppery notes come through. Light sorbus, some acids, very nice yeasty notes.
HenrikSoegaard (11433) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch 9/10. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty and heavy hoppy and light yeasty aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
roxtersoxter (358) - 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 (6925) - 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. Thereís 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 ainít priced like one."
Alengrin (3146) - 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 Dupontís BiolťgŤre and therefore a table beer version of saison rather than an actual triple table beer.
John25 (1034) - 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 Iíve 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 (díoh, 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. Youíve 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 Iíll 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 doesnít talk about beer.
Hermod (4049) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, GrŚsšlstasting #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