maekchu (2458) - Hirakata, - JAN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at sampling session. From notes (Oct. 8, 2011). Big funky and citrusy aroma, with Brett, lemon, and herbs (oregano). Beautiful cloudy gold color. Quite subtle flavors: grass, herbs, horsy notes, and lemon. Pleasantly sour, dry, and refreshing. Note: This beer, sampled on an outdoor deck in the hills above Kyoto, attracted a giant Asian hornet, and that kept us away from it for a while. Great stuff.
tectactoe (2733) - Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Review of a bottle from October 2010, drank at just over 3 years old. Always love this beer, but this is the best bottle I’ve had. Beautiful golden-amber color, bright with a mild chill haze that subsides after a few minutes. Volatile, chunky, off-white head leaves lots of chunky lacing all around. Aroma has a nice funky-tartness combo right out of the gate. Damp hay, wet cork, barnyard mustiness, bready yeast, straw, a very mild floral hop kiss, green apple skins, white grape, moderately under-ripe & acidic stone fruits, lemon, faint orange zest, moldy wood, & a slight touch of yeast induced spice. Wow. LOTS going on for a beer under 5% ABV. Flavor is no different. Tart Granny Smith apples up front with a solid base of cracker, biscuit, & straw from the malt. Lots of damp, funky wood & souring critters, very "signature" to JP’s terroir. Lovely yeast profile with mild spice, bread, & a nice offsetting stone fruit, lemony tartness. So refreshing, finishing dry as hell with tons of oak. Some bottles are more funky than others. Some are more sour. Usually draught is a bit more mild. But this beer always delivers. Never been let down. Underrated, overlooked. Beautiful saison.
UXO (534) - CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy straw with a huge three plus fingers of pillowy white head, great retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Nose is largely dominated by brett funk, with some stone fruit, lemon and grass, pale malt and pineapple. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, bitter, tart, and funk. (8/10) Light body, fizzy carbonation, dry funky finish. (4/5)
The brett developed in the bottle aging has added a nice complexity to a bright and citrusy saison (while making this thing almost impossible to pour!). Lots of horseblankety character on the nose, but the tongue is still dominated by a lemony tartness. (15/20)
CaptainBoosh (41) - - DEC 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden, cloudy with thick white head. Aroma is sour fruits, unripened peaches, fresh cut hay. Taste is pleasantly sour, grainy, peach pits. Carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel. Overall great farmhouse ale.
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pete4999 (1159) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. I’ve had this before but somehow never rated it. The variant at Blue Monk was actually Weizen Bam Biere, which I’d never had before. Really a nice saison, as always from JP. I liked the little bit of sweetness imparted by the wheat base. Solid.
Gorm (1556) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dunkel lys gyllen farge med lyst skum. Lukt av banan og sitrus. Smak av eple, banan, sitrus og gjær. Syrlig og fruktig. Vaaland.
nilsas (1892) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Syrlig duft av høy, gjør og sitron. Dunkel gulbrun farge. Tykt hvitt skum som forsvinner litt etter litt. Syrlig smak av høy og gjær.
Ferris (6310) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Funky citrus with some grass and leafy hops. Hazy yellow with a white head. Grassy, citrus, perfumy and nice funk with some leafy hop bitterness. Great and refreshing.
Petkus331 (297) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sour fermenting fallen crab apples in the fall and hay. Appears hazy yellow, white foam and lace. Taste is very mild, sour like a Berlinerweise, some pineapple, mildly bitter pomegranate seed. Palate is mildly fizzy. Overall, a beer yo can drink all day in hot weather.
Beerenberger (1545) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Farmhouse funk, citrus and spice comprise the nose while a hazy yellow pour with a quickly dissipating voluminous white head provides abundant lacing. The taste is short, spicy, citrus and crisp. Light body and crisp carbonation. Dry finish. Overall, refreshing, crisp, and slightly hoppy.
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle midlands tasting group. Golden orange thin white head. Aroma is sour apples. Taste is sharp sour apples lemon good acidity. Medium body prickly carbonated. Very good saison.