auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL Bottle. Tart, spiced, and very, very, very musky aroma. A taste of immaculately fresh white grapefruit. I was really worried about the level of spicing in this beer, but this is pleasantly soft and married. Spices don’t overwhelm, but instead add to the complexity of the beer in a way that makes it a unique and fun Saison. Never soapy, always light and refreshing, but flavorful. I keep coming back to grapefruit and grapefruit rind as the overriding, spice-like emergence. Maybe a touch of lime. Good, good stuff. Young in a way, as it’s not that sour.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 8/2/11 from a capped 750mL bottle shared by SpdKilz, thanks Carleton, bottled 7/22/10. Pours hazy light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace and a decent collar. The nose is tart with some gooseberry and tropical fruit notes, green apple skin, the signature Jolly Pumpkin funk that I love, and some lemon acidity. The flavor is tart and sour up front with green apple skin and gooseberry, and pumpkin seeds, moving to Jolly Pumpkin funk, and some lemon acidity. The body is medium with slightly stronger than average carbonation, and a long, tannic, funky, acidic, and lightly bitter finish.
jcwattsrugger (11319) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle-pours a dissipating foamy light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is vinegar/acidic, light/medium malt, vinuous. Taste is grape skin/tannin.
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to askofficerfriendly for this one (I think). Pours a bright hazy yellow with an energetic white head. Nose is brett, vinegar, Jolly Pumpkin yeast, some woody funk, and a prickly citrus. Flavor is similar- vinegary and bretty citrus with some funk, wood, and vague tea. Medium in body and interesting sour saison.
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to deyholla for this sample at DLD11. Yellow white pour. Earthy wheat aroma funky and interesting in the way that JP does so well. Citrus wheat flavors light some sour earthy flavors. More subtle than I expected. Bitter fresh finish. Decent beer. 7/3/8/4/15
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at DLD, Adam brought it but it was from Deyholla. One of the big winners for me of the day. Pours a very attractive hazy sunset gold with a stick whipped head. Nose is beautiful, lots of funk and some delicate spicing as well. clementine and Buddha’s hand come through with yuzu and kefir as well. Great funky citrusy thing going on that I love. Some earthy components start to come through as well, both from Brett and presumably the gourds. On taste, the funky tart components are super soft and inviting, quenching even. This beer just felt right with the weather. Superb and another winner from JP.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml shared by Deyholla. Derek is here even when he isn’t! Pours a real heazy golden bright pour, good haze, with a vibrant big bright white head that laces well and sticks around pretty well. Aromas are a lovely sour funk, some brett and a more dominant lacto, with cool yogurt, sour lemons, touches of bread, grain, some wet oak moving into more lemony citrus, fairly sour on the nose. Initial is lighter bodied, a decent acidic kick up front sour lemons, bread dough, lacto, moving into dry brett, hay, horseblanket. Wet oak. Very nice. Decent sour kick, dried out brett, some wet oak, grainy malts. Fairly complex and a good true sour, with some earthy tea, a touch of wood, lively fruit, gentle and airy. Very nice. A lot going on for a light easily quaffed beer.
malrubius (1961) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trying to catch up on old notes. Brought by puzzl somewhere. Hazy pale orange with head. Tart brett peachy funky farm aroma. Tart peach grapefruit punch dry clean brett farm peppery finish. Tight palate. Awesome.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella. Brown colour, off.white head. Fruity sweet tart like spice aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet fruity flavour with citrus, spice and some yeast.
Theis (14037) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy golden - white head. Bretty, wheaty, amber malts, fruity, herbal, flowery, citrus, peppery, light yeasty, grape fruity. Nice bretty. Lovely.