luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Beer is slightly cloudy, medium-dark warm caramel brown. Head is initially small, off white, fizzy; diminishes almost totally but hangs in there in the end.<P>The aroma is minor keyed; autumnal. Malty with light toasted grain, bread crusts, trace of roaste peanut; Light lemon-herbal hop; Yeasty with light notes of barnyard, basement; Moderate miscellaneous notes of tree sap, decaying leaves, trace of tart apple.<P>The flavor is spartan. Trace sweet, lightly bitter with a long, trace acidic/sour, lightly bitter finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Not sure where this little number fits in style-wise, but I like the moody, waning impression it imparts.
Ernest (6603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/toasted grain/nuts), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of tree bark, autumn leaves, minerals, hint of lemon zest. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Iím kinda surprised the average score is as high as it is; this is a lean little monkey with not a lot of the typical attractors. It reminds me of a much lighter, watery Black Ghost or something along those lines. Stony, autumnal nose, and very highly attenuated (a little too much, even for a saison). Interesting, but not that compelling.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with ogglethorp. Pours a dark, cloudy copper red with a moderate off-white head that lasted through about two-thirds of the glass and left light lacing. Somewhat sour aroma of lemon, tart granny smith apples, cherry and some yeast. Flavor is sour cherry, cranberries, and some oakiness. Lively on the palate with lots of very tiny carbonation bubbles.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Bottle. Wonderful aroma of some lemon zest, oak, some lacto funk, yeast and a hint of brett. Quite pleasing. Pours dark amber/brown with a bright white head. Great on the tongue. Lots of wood tannin hitting you in the back sides of the tongue. Some raisiny tart/sweetness from the malt, but balanced quite nicely. Lively and crisp on the tongue. Finishes with lot of dry wood tannin. Very nice!
Re-rate 6/2/08. The nose on this is still fantastic. Quite tart and sour with a very nice underlying funkiness and plenty of wood tannin. The flavor falls absolutely flat however. Lots of grainy yeastiness with little or no flavor midpalate back. The finish has become quite abrupt and watery. Wholly disappointing.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rich red brown. Relatively clear, but so dark you cannot see through it. Dense this light tan head. The nose is lively, isnít it! Sour tannic bite. A bit of sweetness, but mostly and oaky yeasty Jolly Pumpkin-ness. A bit lactic. Some subtle spice. Small vanilla pulls it together. Nice full body, not overly carbonated, a bit creamy. The flavors are a touch amped up over what the nose would suggest. Tart. BIG oak. Really towering, even by JP standards. Tannic. Subtle spice. Dark malt, with some caramel, but largely opts to be toasty instead. Really leaves the mouth feel very oakified. The vanilla is subtle and more of the cherry aspect of the oak seems to pop out. Long long long dry finish. I really hope some of this beer makes it down to Indiana! Thanks yjb! As it warms, more caramel comes out of the nose, and the sourness seems to smooth out and disappear. Odd, but lovely.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep orange color with a minimal white head. Aroma of wood, fruit, wild yeast and spices. Flavor is roast, wood, spices, yeast, cherry and some chocolate. Somewhat long sour finish.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Pours dark reddish brown with a mostly receding light tan head. Aroma of cherry, sour, toffee, and herbs. Tastes of light caramel, wood, smoke, vinous malts, and cherry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Pretty nice, but this seems more like a Flemish sour than a Saison to me.
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown coloured ale with ruby hints and a medium-sized beige head. Unclean yeasty nose with unripe fruit esters. Earthy, woodsy.. this is an hesitating ale where the acidity does not seem to work in favour of the sweetness Ė it never gets anything close to vinous. It tries to keep the same soft lactic qualities than Bam Biere, but its roastiness of powdery cocoa and general uncleanliness bordering kinda clash into it. Iím still impressed at something so tasty at 4.3%, but Iím afraid Iíd prefer a bit less of the roastiness contribution.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep garnet. Healthy off-white head quickly recedes but retains a broken layer of creaminess. Rusty lactobacillus aromas prevail over unripe plums, plastic, burnt malt hulls, stale cacao and a whisper of straw and green banana. Natural carbonation tickles the palate with gentle pinpricks. Tight and well-conditioned. Overaggressive lactobacillus immediately generates a tangy iron characteristic which blankets the subtle hints of chewy leather. Husky malts soon taint the body with an extremely dirty coarseness. Oddly devoid of depth at the center, as the husky malts are all that remains. Quite hollow. Cacao compounds the earthiness by providing a dirt/soil effect, but rather than deepening the flavor and texture, it totally disharmonizes with the overt dryness. Sorely lacks residual sweetness, in particular, and the faint green banana yeastiness reemphasizes the lack of ripeness. Notes of straw and some faint bandage phenols do reemerge, but are mostly negated by the rampant lacto. Scratchy notes of iron clash with the stale cacao flavors, and the already sparse sweetness is entirely nonexistent at this point. Crisply-dry finish is accentuated by the grainy malts, iron, and palate-scrubbing phenols. Hint of dry leather lingers alongside stale and chalky cacao. Might be pretty solid with less lacto, more residuals (to aid the frail and overly crackly body), and a cleaner malt profile. Highly disappointing.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red color with a large, white head. Aroma is yeasty, a bit funky. Sharp, tart body with a dry finish. A touch sour. This beer is like an overall muted version of Bam Biere.