Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. When popping the cap the beer pops up up from the bottle and gives us a greaving "hello". It pours a cloudy orange-ish body with a nice big and lasting off-white head. On the aroma this is light funky-sour with lot’s of sour red berries. Also something that reminds me of wheat and palms. Quite interesting and complex. It has a high carbonation level and a thin almost watery texture. The flavor is mildly sour and quite bitter. Light woody-grassy also this one. Ends of really grassy-bitter - almost like fresh cut grass - in a watery finish. Interesting flavors, a bit lack in the body, but nice. 16.06.2012
Prufrockstar (1307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Batch 1046/1047, bottled 3-16-2012), thanks to OldMrCrow! Bottle was a bit of a gusher, but a slow, easily contained one. Pours murky brown-gold with pillowy white head. Aroma: mineral, dusty, musty, some earthiness. Taste: Light sweetness, with mineral and some biscuit in the lingering finish. Palate: Light-medium body, ample carbonation, very drinkable. Overall: I’d think of this as more of a biere de garde than a saison, and not even remotely sour. Really quite pleasant -- love the low ABV, and held its own nicely side-by-side with tonight’s other saisons (Fantome Pissenlet and Grassroots Arctic Saison), while being completely different than either of them. This would be welcome at my table most any night.
OldMrCrow (2047) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle from Belmont Station.
I cracked this one as part of a saison mini-tasting with Prufrockstar and Mrs. Prufrock. Up against the excellent though very different saisons of Hill Farmstead Arctic Saison and Fantome Pissenlit, both substantially higher in ABV, this one was a decided underdog and yet came through to win the day. It didn’t offer the complexity of either of the other beers (interesting for JP to be less complex than comparators), but for pure enjoyment and drinkability it was the beer of the night.
Jolly Pumpkin beers are gushers, and there was no excuse for me to forget this. But forget I did, and some fraction of the beer ended up on the table. Oops. Once we got it under control it provided a copper pour with a fluffy white head. Drying brett aroma, more dust and less hay. As expected, this beer was richly minerally in true JP fashion. Less expected from a JP beer, it was (1) very dry and (2) not in the least sour. The malt presence kept this one fuller and rounder than the excellent sour Hill Farmstead Arctic Saison with while we paired it. (Aside: this pairing is a great example of classification gone wrong. HF Arctic is a sour beer classified as a saison; this is a saison classified as a sour.) At the same time, these malts brough none of sweetness of JP pissenlit, the other comparator saison for the night. While the aroma was pure saison -- no hop juiciness -- the flavor carried a substantial drying grapefruit pith. While the beer came off as somewhat thinner than the comparators, the discrepancy was far lower than one would expect given the JP’s 1.8% and 3.2% deficits in ABV. Splendidly drinkable, I can’t say enough about how much I wish this were readily available in Seattle.
deekyn (1311) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours an effervescent semi hazy rich amber with a strong two fingers of egg shell white head. Great lacing. S- fresh cut grass and lemon zest notes are vibrant. Some dawn soap, general herbs, coriander, dandelion, jasmine, earthiness, horse blanket, salt and pepper aromas support. M- a light to medium acidic body with a medium palate. Great carbonation. T- begins with a lemon zest and bitter sweet grasses. Soap, jasmine and dandelion follow up on the mid palate along with unripe pear and apple. Some grapefruit in the middle as well. Ending is mild but bitter and starts with herbal notes, some earthiness and mustiness. Lemon zest and grapefruit return as well.
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/16/2012. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a big 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, grass, hay, pepper, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast/brett notes; with good strength. Taste of green apple, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of tart earthy spiciness/bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, brett funk, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hops with fruity/spicy yeast/brett flavors with a fair amount of malt presence; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Beerenberger (1551) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma of Brett, green leaves, and citrus with herbal notes. Pours a cloudy copper with a volumous, slowly disapearing off-white head and abundent lacing. The taste is herbal and bitter. Hops dominates the flavor. The flavor is sadly more astrigent than sour. Medium-light body and crisp carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Overall, drinkable but disapointing from the standpoint of a sour beer style.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a darker well hazed hue, brown middle is darker and dulled with some copper glow creeping out to the edges and bottom, subtle glow overall. A bigger cakey whitish head is a bit of a slow gusher on popping. Thicker and sticks around well, laces pretty well. Aromas present that telltale Jolly Pumpkin funkiness, wet horseblanket, straw, and some lemony tartness hit the nose. Some barnyard elements meet earthy dry bitter hops on the nose, a subtle spiciness. Not sweet, but a nice nose as it settles in. Initial is dry and bitter, a firm hopping hits the palate with florals, earthy, and a gentle spiciness. Gentle tartness hits, some bready and biscuity malts creep up from beneath. Some gentle firmness in the middle, but still quite dry. The firmer hop profile mixed with the funkiness really keeps this a bit lighter, dry on my palate. Gentle tartness, some soap as we hit the backend. Touches of fruit get covered up again by that hop profile, as we taper out a nice dry and bitter hop profile hits. This beer certainly looks like it should be a bit more full, sweet, and heavy. But the firm hopping mixed with that nice JP funk really works here. Finish is just a touch tart, dry and bitter elements with lingering funk hanging on. Pretty nice stuff.
Lowenbrau (2410) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Shared with Andrés Lúpulo. Citrus, fruity, subtle tart aromas. Pours hazy golden with frothy white head, persisitent, good lacework.. Taste is grapy, subte tart, fruity, some citrusy. Balanced. Light body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Very enjoyable.
firstsip (552) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first beer to get me into sours. Delicious funk. Goes great with food. Dark yellow pour.
joshwoodward (567) - - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious, spicy, peppery, and definitely on the refreshing, light side. More funky than sour.