Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2015 Bottle from Malt Attacks. Since every serious brewery around the world seems to have or want a saison nowadays, I am curious to find out what this renowned Canadian craft brewery made of it. Warm peach blonde colour with orangey hue, completely cloudy from the start, under a frothy, beaten-egg white, irregular head losing volume quite quickly but retaining well on the edges and leaving a landmap-shaped veil over the liquid. Aroma of overripe mango, soapy starfruit, overripe pineapple, bitter honey, field flowers, dry white wine, straw, earth, something undisturbingly sulphuric, sundried tomato, pink pepper, cucumber, jute; there are quite some phenols at work here too, which become stronger and band-aid-like in the end, making this beer increasingly less pleasant to smell as the bottle progresses. Crisp, estery onset of redcurrant, mango and apple peel, fairly strong carbo, bit minerally, pleasantly bready maltiness with a caramelly touch, ending dry and hoppy as well as yeasty, earthy, peppery and refreshing, with some of the juicy malts coming through and yeastiness lingering in the back of the mouth along with a subtle dash of warming, gin-like alcohol which does not become too obnoxious. More or less ’authentic’ feeling representation of the style, these people managed to capture the elusive and hard-to-determine ’spirit’ of true Wallonian saison to quite some extent, but too phenolic to truly shine.
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Villagio Della Birra 2015.
Hazy yellow color, white head. Spicy, herbal, jasmine scent. Spicy, herbal, mint, sweet taste. Fresh aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Idiosynkrasie (5320) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600ml bottle. Clear golden colour with huge, fluffy, osteoporosing, moderately lacing, white head. Yeasty, floral and herbal aroma, a touch of citrusy hop, hints of hay, straw, chamomile, lemon, balm, sage. Taste is pale malty, minimally strawy, slightly herbal and floral, subtle sweetness, hints of balm, sage, chamomile, a touch of orange and orange zest; some sweet lemon in the finish, a touch of mild citric acid as well. Slightly disappointing at first sip, but slowly developing...
neepsntatties (1509) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Justin of Beaumont Market. Colour...hazy golden-straw with a thin white head. Nose...fruity, sweetly spicy and zesty with citrus pith. Palate...quite bitter to start and also quite dry, with notes of spiced fruit and Turkish Delight. The mid palate stays dry and then Cotlets hit the scene.The finish is bitter and fruity with notes of lemon curd.
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Backlog] Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2014 in LA with Linh and Scarlett (and T.Hanson). Pours a nice golden body with thick fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aromas of peach, apricot gummies, melon and fresh grassy hop greet the nose. Mouthfeel is soft and sessionable with notes of fresh grass, clean fresh dough character. The yeast character is clean and low on the spice factor - which I love - and allows the beer to showcase more of the fresh dough and grassy flavors. Light funk and nelson/simcoe in the finish.
Magela (105) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice thick foam. Has a passion fruit and citric aroma. The taste is somewhat sweet and spicy. The fermentation is high and gives a good body for the beer.
Bitter ending, leaves you wanting more.
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Nice stuff. Initial aroma is quite vegetal, earthy. Soon cleans up though and gives way to light berry fruitiness and a bit of yoghurt. Taste is similar, light fruit and bit of dairy, finish has a light citrus bitterness, berries again and a touch of grain. Quite full bodied. Nice stuff.
Gluepot (239) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow body topped by an active white head. Nose is fresh, featuring spiced malt and a hint of banana. A range of well blended and refreshing tastes make this a memorable saison. Lemon and mango hops, and spice including coriander, pepper and lavender are punched up by zesty carbonation. A thin body works with the taste profile. Another nice accomplishment from Le Trou Du Diable.
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Brewfest. Hazy yellow gold with lasting big dense head and lace. Fresh lemongrass pastry and pepper aroma Very mild tropical fruit sweetness hay pepper citrus spice dry finish. Light body fine lively carbo. Damn near perfect saison IMHO.
Zlotta (570) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.375 l bottle from FIRMA BIER, bottled on 19/8/2014. Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a massive, fluffy, stable, white head. Fruity-floral aroma of peach, gooseberry, chamomile, vanilla and orange peel. Sweetish, fruity-yeasty taste of peach, banana, vanilla and lemon peel, followed by a medium long, slightly earthy, gently bitter, yeasty finish. Thin to medium body, spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very solid, expected a bit more regarding taste and aroma. Has probably lost some of its hop profile. Goes down quickly and is quite refreshing.