Mortlach (1870) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Pours deep golden with a medium and persistent white head. Aroma is fruity, peach, lemon, orange zest, light spices, amazing. Flavour is well balanced, medium to light sweet with a perfect bitter end. Medium body, medium carbonation. A great saison!
SlackerMads (2779) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a large fluffy off white head with good retention and lace. Fruity nose with raspberries, peach, lemon candy, honey. Flavour follows with some bread, hay and dry grass also. Medium body, some sweetness, lively carbonation, mild bitter and dry finish with lingering fruity notes. The carbonation is a bit too high for my preference, but otherwise pretty enjoyable tractor stuff.
drpimento (3001) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this beer restores my faith in Saison/ Biere de Garde/ Farmhouse styles again after the Saison Dupont debacle. Aroma is mainly yeast with some lemon/citrus. Flavor has some of that plus just enough malt sweet to balance and keep it interesting plus add body. The carbonation is perfect. Super drinkable. Outstanding suds!
josanguapo (985) - SPAIN - OCT 20, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea’s pint glass. After dinner. Easy drinking, great aroma and tasty. The saison ive liked most so far. Hoppy and itchy.
Tranquillity (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. The aroma has hay, herbs and citrus. The taste however is spicy! It has ginger and kardamon. Really interesting!
Kauge (1527) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Bar Hop’s new place on St Peter, Toronto. Darkish opaque yellow with white head. Retention and lacing good. Oh no... Spicy bandaid aroma... Also flavour... But if I look past this - which is difficult - I get fresh sweet and sour fruitiness, and quite some funk. Carbonation active but rather pleasantly so, dryish finish. No, I didn’t really like this one.
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden, large puffy white head, fluffy lacing. Aroma is quite dusty, hints of spiciness, hay, pepper. Flavor is dry, spicy and dusty, white pepper, mowed grass. Medium body, high carbonation.
s_r (122) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe jaune, au nez les senteurs d’agrumes dominent. En bouche c’est l’explosion de ces arômes d’agrumes, mêlé à des notes épicés. Une bière très équilibrée et désaltérante.
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft->stem at Partisan DC. Hazy gold with moderate fluffy white head. Yeast, grains, grass, citrus, floral spice. Dry. Decent saison, prototypical characteristics.
Alengrin (4329) - 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.