marcus (8698) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This light golden ale pours with a very short white head, with considerable sediment throughout the pour. The flavor is pleasantly malty. A very nice brew.
notnoise (2) - - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a totally enjoyable beer and one of my favorites. I have been drinking it for about 5 months now and it is delicious as both table beer with food or for sipping with friends. The flavor is earthy and rich. It varies slightly from bottle to bottle, but the taste is always excellent.
popery (1866) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best when consumed before 27/07/14. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. I’m fairly confident that this is the first beer that I’ve tried from Southern France. I don’t know if it’s a proper saison or biere de garde, for that matter. Whatever that means. The brewery reportedly uses a German yeast strain - the whole backstory is actually quite interesting (organic farmer, who mostly makes goat cheese, decided to make an organic beer with his own barley).
The beer pours a warm shade of orange. It’s quite cloudy, though you can just barely see through the glass at points. The head is a pale beige, rocky and huge. Excellent retention and lacing. There’s obviously some nice protein content. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the glass even on the second pour, and the head lasts for ages.
Aroma is light and subtle. I’m picking up pears, pineapples, bright grain, grassy hops, minerals and a dusty farmhouse character. It’s all quite gentle, and the sweet barley flavors come through the most. You can smell the grain quality. There’s a very light apricot, raisin tone, but it’s delicate and works very well with the beer.
The taste has a wonderfully pleasant barley flavor. It’s soft and sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, apricots, all come to mind, but it’s not the sort of thing that hits you over the head. Delightfully and authentically rustic. Fresh and refreshing. The finish adds in some grassy, floral hops and a touch of mineral dryness. Light bitterness coats the mouth after the beer is gone.
The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part. This is a gentle but creamy and full beer. I’d almost guess that it used some other grain, but it’s not quite akin to the mouthfeel of anything in particular. This beer has its own unique feel.
Very interesting beer. And I’m pleased to have finally decided to pick up a bottle. This beer would pair wonderfully with food. It probably would shine most with cheeses, particular its farm mate, goat cheese, but it would just make for a great all-purpose table beer, really. Great light barley flavor. Nothing too strong or rough on the palate. It’s a very pleasant beer with solid flavor.
TAR (2598) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, best by June 2017 (i.e. bottled in June of 2015). Deep golden. Thick, persistent white foam. Mellow, but very rustic and polished aroma of lemon balm and aniseed (Strisselspalt), tangerine oil, new mown hay, dusty yeast, flowers, and hints of melanoidins (poundcake). Soft carbonation. Fluffy, understatedly complex pils malt displays a vanilla cake and new mown hay dimension beneath a honeyed baguette richness, with dusty yeast adding rusticity. Bright lemony hops mirror the malt in their delicateness, and fill out the body as they zing the tongue with considerable oiliness. Impeccable balance, throughout. Zero phenols or esters to be found, as this is incredibly focused and well-lagered. Dabs of piecrust and lemon-fused shortbread add to the adroitly extracted malt. Herbal, licorice-y bitterness is seamlessly entwined with weightless pils-derived hay dust in the very rustic but squeaky clean, yeast-kissed finish. A maltcentric, lagerlike rendition that exemplifies balance and rusticity. There’s nary a trace of esters or fermentation byproducts to speak of. Very heller bock-like in its sophisticated, long-boil maltiness which is rich in hay dust, and even suggests melanoidins at times (though, as with a number of Franconian heller bocks, this is more honeyish than sweetly sugary, and leans towards dry), with a slightly farmy edge. Very cool beer! Another brewery I hope to visit in rural France someday.
It’s worth noting that, while this is still fresh and vibrant and there’s no trace of oxidation at eight months of age, its decline has clearly begun. So, IMO, it’d be advisable to refrain from critiquing this if it’s much older than that, and wait for a fresher sample.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild fruity peach aroma with some alcohol as it warms.Orange appearance with sediment entwined head.Fruity apricot peach flavors followed with crisp yeasty hops and some caramel.Dry hoppy finish.Great fruit hop yeast malt flavor balance.Cute goat on the label.
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A hazy yellow color with lots or rising bubbles and a light foamy white head. Mellow citrus, lemon, and honey, dry, mildly sweet, with a perfume aroma. Quite nice.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (BB 09/08). Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, basement), with notes of wood, autumn leaves, and dried fruit. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A great, rustic, farmy de-garde/saison style brew.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/19/07 From the bottle. Aroma is fruity malt forward, then biscuity, woody, with light phenols and caramel, with no hop notes. Appearance is Gold, clear, with a medium off-white head. Flavor is grainy, munich maltiness forward with a solid medium bittering balance. There is a strong hard water note that extends into the finish and no hop character, and this remains a very clean flavor. Mouthfeel is grainy, metallic, medium bodied, with medium/high carb feel and light warmth. Overall, this is very good with a nice complexity.
notalush (5640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A volcano of foam exploded from this bottle after I opened it - cloudy straw color, with an impressive, lasting, foamy head - lovely, subdued nose of wildflower honey and pale malt sweetness, marzipan, doughiness, light herbal character, a touch of earthiness - mild but refined flavor - starts off with the lightest touch of sweetness - prickly but pleasant carbonation - dries out quickly - light notes of cracked, toasted wheat, and moderate earthy, cobweb character - a slight tanginess, bordering on a subtle sourness - ends crisp and bone dry, with a mellow spiciness - VERY subtle, but give it some time - take a few sips - you’ll get it.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, unfiltered golden color. Herbal nose with a bit of pear aromatics. Pronounced white pepper on entry and through the mid palate. Champagne- like mouthfeel, biscuit/brioche finish.