gschrade (426) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. This pours a brown color, with a decent head. This has a floral taste. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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RRistow12 (160) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with thick khacki colored head. Really a fluffy turning rocky head with frat retention. Aroma of dark fruits, herbs and spices, yeast and earthiness with a slight hint of caramel. Taste caramel malt sweetness, farmhouse spiciness, prunes and sour that is well balanced with no one taste being overpowering. Definitely the least sour of the Jolly Pumpkin beers I've tasted. The caramel malty sweetness helps mask the sourness. I'm not a sour beer fan which is why I like this one better than their others. Different than other farmhouse ales I've had. Not too bad.
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superspak (2130) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, pear, grape, clove, hay, pepper, oak, toast, cocoa, light roast, leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, barrel, and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, green apple, pear, grape, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. A touch of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, hay, straw, oak, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and oak flavors with a nice balance of dark/roasted malts; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
pinkie (405) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours the color of iced tea tinted with cranberry. Hazy and with plenty of effervescence to hold up a massive meringue like head of off white foam. Head fell off rocky, craggy sticky and just beautifully. Left sticky streaks and patches of lace.
Nose has faint tart fruits. Apple, and grapes and a woody scent that hints at cherry. Roasted malt with a light caramel sweetness. Leather, hay and earth are dominant and there’s some spice too. Clove and cinnamon. There’s a farmhouse funky scent that also is mellow.
Taste follows the nose. Tart fruit with a woody earthy malt touched by sweetness. Soft bread keeps it flowing and it finises tart and dry. There’s a little pepper in the finish with the cinnamon and clove. The roasted malt has not weighed this down at all. It has a sour bite to it in the finish.
At first glance I was tempted to say that this was a bit bland. The apple could have been sweeter and juicier. The woody scent if it was cherry has changed over to leather. The clove and the cinnamon held it up though. The fact that these flavors may have faded translates to an almost vinous aspect in the drink. So I would say it held up really well. Bottled on 11/21/2012 and only 4.3%. Very easy to drink and once it warms the roasted malt really takes hold of the flavor and makes it deep and succulent.
I would buy this again and I am going back for more of their offerings based on this first impression.
gunnar (4745) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vaaland, Bryne. Pours unclear dark ruby with a huge frothy white head. Aroma is earthy, light tart, brett some caramel. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, heavy carbonated. Dry,spicy and citrussy taste, very dry bitter finish, nice Saison.
Gachupines (787) - USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, almost black with a thick off white head. Aroma is slightly sour fruit with notes of raisin. Flavor is rather tart with a bit of a musty aftertaste. A tiny bit of dark malt slightly rounds it out, but the tartness is pretty strong throughout. Just a touch muddy.
Theydon_Bois (6541) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF ’13, 13/08/13, thanks to Bruce for sharing.
Hazed chestnut brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is tangy dark fruits, grass, farmy, orange peel, light spice.
Taste comprises bitter citrus notes, orange peel, straw, spice, lemon rind, earthy.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish with bitter notes.
conway (1071) - - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a dense off white head. Aroma is funky yeast. Taste adds apple, cherry, nuttiness and a touch of dark malt. Thin mouthfeel with medium carb. Very tasty.
DedicatedToFun (1811) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good beer on tap at beachwood bbq in long beach as part of their sourfest. Pours a dark brown with a thick froth of a beige head. good.
Lowenbrau (1647) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Some tart, caramel, some chocolate and roasty, spicy aromas. Pours hazy dark amber, with vanishing off white head, big-bubbled, poor lacing. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is some tart, spicy, caramel, some roasty notes. Very dry aftertaste.