Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Fully clouded straw colored pour. Punchy tang of pilsener malt aroma. Grainy, honey glazed, candied almond and dough primaries. A pleasant, floral-herbal framing dries it up a bit with a feathery, earthy touch that carries some lavender, musk and meadowy freshness. Lovely.
Spectacularly clean flavorsome body. Vanilla dipped pears, bananas, and apricots sparkling in the chewiest, doughiest, softest gorgeous balance of malt. Again, as in the aroma, the herbal and floral essences so fresh and pure tend to introduce a vibrant, glowing meadow-like freshness that’s pretty breathtaking. Rindy, zesty citrus touches provide a gritty edge. Doughiness again at mid palate. Smooth. Crackery, bitter sesame seed really pushes the dusty blend of pils malt and warm yeasts.
Yeast introduces an adhesive like element reminiscent of a the yeasty remnant of houbblon chouffe, but it’s better contained in this perfectly round construction of malt. Hops still lively but calmed.
Light-medium body is taut and refreshing, though bolstered by an inarguable malty depth. Dry, refreshing apricot sweetness in a long finish that layers an aromatic rosy essence that bitterly glows. So fresh.
There are so many bottles of this gorgeous, belgianized pilsenerish refresher in the Twin Cities that have gone unpurchased, and if I had the money every last one would have a home.
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden / orange with a dense soapy white head. The aroma has light clean Belgium yeastiness, spice, fruitiness between citrus and nectar, coriander, pepper and more ~ interesting how complex the aroma is while it still seems light and crisp like a pils or kolsch. Medium / light body that’s crisp with a good amount of carbonation that’s sharp and prickly. The taste has the aroma traits with a sour funk that masks some of the aroma traits and it includes quite a bit of graininess as well. The finish has grassiness from hops. This is a nice beer that is very nice in the summer weather. This is quite complex for the low abv and the amount of refreshment it give.
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a bright gold with a large white head. Aroma is decent with lots of yeast and spice. Almost saisony. Flavor is a bit weaker with some bready malts and a ok corriander citrus. Nothing much to this one although it is kinda dull tasting but easy drinking and nothing offensive.
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Cloudy yellow colour with frothy, white head. Malty, grainy nose with generous amounts of grassy hops. Malty, grassy taste with notes of citrus (lemon), grain and serious doses of grassy, spicy, slightly citrussy hops in a bitter finish with an almost Dupontish touch. Medium body, really dry. Very nice and summery.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh bottle. This years batch. Pale color with a small filmy foam. Aroma is really subtle, maybe some lemon and a bit of Belgian character, but its a stretch. Flavor opens up well, reveals some malt character, and a bit of hops. The second year I’ve had a bottle, and I don’t understand the appeal. It’s ok, but nothing special.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright hazy golden with a big fluffy white head that takes quite a while to dissipate and leaves a nice lacing. Big floral and citrus hop smell with grass, oranges and grapefruit along with a nice spice kick as well. Sweet, light bready malt aroma in the background which balanced out the bitterness of the hop smell. Subtle hop bitterness up front but not over-the-top which gives way to a mild malty sweetness. Touch of coriander and pepper spice up the taste a little before the slight lemony tart bitterness finishes the deal. Mouthfeel is super crisp and clean and perfect for a warm spring evening. Solid carbonation in there as well. This is a supremely drinkable pale and perfectly refreshing on a hat afternoon. Highly recommended.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Hazy straw colored pour with a fine white head. Slightly funky and yeasty aroma. Barnyardy saison type aroma with some extra spice. Rounded hop profile. Freshly cut grass. Lemony mild citrus flavor. Really smooth and fresh. Light yeast and bread in the flavor. Slightly chalky finish. I’d drink this around the BBQ or in the sun any day.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This gets points just for the funny label artwork. This is a great hopped up saison. Very yeasty, with some flavorful floral hop notes. A hint of dried fruits lingers from time to time, but a slightly underwhelming malt backbone, but still ends up very dry on the finish. An enjoyable seasonal.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with medium off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with yeasty and hoppy notes. Flavor likewise with a bitter end.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - APR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alla spina al Klimos! Stratosferica e va giù veramente come l’acqua fresca. Non ho voglia di scrivere, ho sonno