vipinvelp (1605) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow with white foam head lacing to glass. Aroma is fruity, taste is similar, fruity. (Bergen 201206)
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Foffern (973) - BodÝ, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Henrik, Bergen. Pours a slightly hazy straw-yellow colour with a white medium and pretty compact head. Aromas of pepper, herb and other spices, wow. Pepper is also very present in the flavour along with sweet candy, grains and some alcohol in the end. Slick mouthfeel. Bitterness: Light+. A really interesting beer that works well with the pepper. It feels also fresh and is easy-drinking.
Palme (2667) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Henrik. This is a light blurry golden colored one with a nice dense and heavy lacing bright white head. It has a light leafy and autumn-like aroma with some light yeasty and pepperish tones. It has a average carbonation level and a mild oily texture. Flavors are at first kinda champagne-yeasty, then it reminds me of a Easter brew. Itís also light spicy and pepperish with some minty undertones. Itís actually quite refreshing, and the rose peppers are definitely not to dominating. I both liked and enjoyed this. 25.05.2012
ClubGonzo (3196) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Henrik, Bergen. Hazy dark golden body, medium cloudy off-white head. Nose is saison yeast, white pepper, caramel, bubble gum, hints of sweet grains. Taste is herbal saison yeasty tones, rosemary, pepper, light acidic malt tones and hints of wet bark (yes, Iíve recently tasted it! :-)) Slightly fizzy palate, full body. Complex, and rather nice but not exactly what I would call a session or "summer" saison, if that was the idea. Nice though.
Beer4000 (4096) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @Cardinal. Hazy orange body with high carbonation and a nice white head. Aroma of yeast, spices, bread, oranges and a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet and citric fruity, yeast, mild malt, balanced bitterness, some yeast and spices. Yes, peppercorn of course, but I feel this part of the flavor is more like a spicy touch in general more than just pepper. High carbonation contributes to a refreshing feeling, almost a bit too much carbonation actually. Medium body and a long and rather original aftertaste, bitter, spicy and a bit difficult to place flavor. Not a typical Saison at all, to robust in flavor and I would appreciated more balance as well. Maybe closer to what I will call a spicy beer. But interesting for sure, please experiment more in this direction.
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Cardinal, Stavanger. This is a wonderful saison, and itís a bit different from the other saisons on the marked. The use of red peppercorn in the brew gives a wonderful freshness. This beer is great, but paired with some bbq or seafood on a warm summer evening will make it excellent. I really like this, and Iím looking forward to the next batch if it will be brewed.
gunnar (4290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at ōl og Akevittmessen, Stavanger. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, light sour and fruity, farmyard. Taste is moderate sweet malty, fresh and crisp tart, lingering spicy, dry mouthfeel. Certainly a beer that i will try again.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.3%. Golden colour, large white head. Lovely fruity and spicy aroma, notes of orange peel, coriander and pepper. The flavour is fresh and pleasant, with distinct citrussy and peppery notes, but I expected more bittering hops in the finish. Still a nice beer that stands out from the crowd. I donít think the red peppercorns are too dominant.
Odland (137) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Edit: Re-rate @ ōl- og akevittmesse. Tried the Saison again and this time I paired it with grilled food. Now the beer came to itís right. The pepper mixed very well with food. Since the brewers made it to be paired with food I bump my rate.
On tap @ Cardinal. Pours hazy golden with a white small head. Pepper and farmhouse sourness on the nose. Some fruitiness. Tart to the taste. Yeasty fruity with a nice brett character. However - the pepper flavor dominated the taste and especially the aftertaste. The brewer that presented it said it was a summer beer meant for paring with fatty fish and heavy sausages. Paired with the right dish I believe this beer to really shine. Drunk alone the prominent taste of the peppercorns is a little to dominating.
abemorsten (2191) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - APR 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Cardinal. Pours a murky yellow golden body that clears up slightly as it heats. White, fluffy, small head. Aroma reminds me of pickled pumpkin or what you get when you open a jar of pickled cucumbers. Some floral and fruity notes as well, and some peppercorn as it heats. Peppercorn in the mouth, pickled notes, malts and light bitter flavors. Medium body. Dry tongue and a light doughy texture. More interesting than enjoyable to me, but quite a few of the other guests finished a pint of this beer.
One of the brewers presented the beer. They picture it as a summer beer, and as a beer companion to salmon or halibut with butter sauce. That last part might work.
Brewed with peppercorn and a saison brettanomyces yeast blend.