Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just about as good a saison as I have ever tasted. A soft marshmallowy maltiness in the aroma. A thick white head with lots of lacing. A peachy color and a little cloudy. Some nice alcohol warmth if you hold it on your tongue. I am all about balance -- that’s what I look for in a beer and this one has it plenty. Some solid malt character but enough hops to make it a great mix. It whafts to the back of the throat long after the swallow. Some sweet toffee. Absolute brilliant.
unclemike (2853) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap pours a hazy orange body with a medium-sized creamy white head. the aroma is spicy, bready, cheesy, and has notes of green apples. earthy body with dusty fruit flavors. interesting yeasty funk character. awesome.
chucklemation (1250) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is clove, coriander, spice, and some lactic acid. Flavor is sweet clove, coriander, spice, and lactic acid. Lightly tart. Very good.
scirtes (379) - POLAND - JUN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber, hazy, with large off-white head with perfect lacing. Aromas of fruits (apricots, grapes), some phenolic, spicy notes, and woody, a bit funky notes as well. Taste is lightly sweet, with subtle sourness. Medium bodied, lively carbonated, with somewhat woody, tannic aftertaste. Nice and complex, a bit saison-like.
Arayaga2 (2080) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold, with a white head. Sour apple aroma and taste, with a drying biscuity finish that seems to include Brett. Thanks, Dan!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PanMarek (68) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild resiney hop nose with a touch of spice. Cloudy, slightly dark golden pour. It tastes of coriander / pepper at the outset and finishes with the piney hops. Moderately dry at the end. Smooth mouthfeel with slight bitter coarseness around the edges. RateBeer calls it a Belgian Ale, but it tastes to me more like a dry, yeasty pale ale.
tightslice (817) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Redlight in Orlando, FL. Aroma is especially fruity and floral without being nauseous, obnoxious or noxious. Getting dry wood, minerals, lightly spiced fruits. Silky and dry. Jolly Pumpkin can do no wrong.
UXO (1343) - CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of fluffy ivory head, good retention and decent lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart citrus, yeast, peppercorn, wood, barnyard funk. (9/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter, moderate-high tart, light funk. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly funky finish. (4/5)
Another lovely tart wild from JP. I’m assuming the Grains of Paradise are responsible for the almost peppercorn-like spiciness on both the nose and the tongue. Again, nicely balanced tones of citrus, wood, and barnyard funk. Definitely a nice example of how to do brettanomyces properly. (17/20)
sjogro (2193) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 Bottle shared at Jim/John is back tasting. Bottled 2011. Murky amber, white head. Yeasty caramel, figgs, dried apricot, white raisans, grapes, mineral, coriander, basil, light spices. Light sweet, light bitter, slightly sour/funky. Very carbonated, sweet and oddly spiced. Thin minerallike body. Interesting, bit strange, quite dry, yet sweet belgian, saisonny, farmhousy
jmgreenuk (7086) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Jim / John is back tasting, Den Haag, April 2016. Poured a hazy medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is yeast, sweet zesty citrus. The flavour is moderate bitter with a dry yeasty, light spicy, light citrus palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
kermis (9880) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Cloudy orange with an off white head. Aroma has peppery yeast, floral notes, spice and light fruit. Flavour is logistics moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.