FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best By 07/2015; Sampled February 2013
Quite the gusher, definitely lost an ounce a two before I could start to pour over the sink. A careful pour produces a three finger thick, plus an additional finger above the rim of my Teku glass, pale tan colored head that is quite rocky and textured. The beer is a pale, just amber color that shows a deeply hazed, slightly chunky, straw / pale-orange tinged gold hue when held up to the light. The nose is quite vibrant, floral, lightly herbal, citrusy, earthy grain, wildflower spice notes, and weedy / grass notes all mix together. As the beer warms up a hay like, just thrushed wheat, and pale malt character becomes a bit more noticeable; even a touch of saltine crackers and perhaps some rustic white bread notes.
Dry, but quite grain driven, floral, herbal, with a lingering bitterness, there is a touch of citrus here, that gets more expressive with subsequent sips. The beer is quite light bodied, but is not in any way watery, as there is just enough viscosity to provide some texture. Spicy, peppery, wild flower like, earthy, hints of cumin, slightly musty, lingering sage, and bitter citrus zest are all quite noticeable here. Between the hop character and the yeast notes, there is quite a bit of fruit character in this beer, but it is quite well balanced out by lots of grassy, herbal, weedy, and peppery spiciness in the finish.
My second pour of this is so much murkier and middy in appearance; the flavor isnít too much different, but it definitely is a bit yeasty and the citrusy hop character seems to be muted a bit. This is definitely preferable prior to getting so murky, though it isnít bad after this, but certainly has a yeast bite to it. If I could get a bottle that wasnít so heavily sedimented and was clear, I bet this beer would be just about singing; Iíll definitely have to keep a look out for another bottle of this. In the end, I really like how complex this beer is, with the murkiness it can be a touch discordant, but in the end it does work.
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL capped bottle. Even at the last pour its only a hazy golden color. Effective skill at balancing a pretty beer with a live beer. The head is always strong and long lasting. Its a foamy, lightly sticky head. Looks like a decent bubble bath beer. I am drinking this side by side with the Bretta version. Its interesting to drink the base beers of the Brett version Saisons. Well, I cold only think of Blvd that has the availability (albeit, Tank 7 has an additional dry hopping). So, I feel like this beer is really meant for brett-anizing rather than standing on its own. So, my perception of a bit too much sweetness and a stronger than desire malt biscuit - while all being fairly well contained - may be biased. I like it but I want it leaner with a bit of acidity to balance. A mineral and herbal yeast finish. I like it but I canít help but think how much more I would like it with Brett.
Bottle number 7149. Best by: 3/20/17.
larsga (7157) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big offwhite head. Clear reddish body with lots of little particles. Fruity nutty citric aroma with apple notes. Sweet nutty toffee and apple taste with caramelly vanilla notes. Nice & highly drinkable. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish buttery toffee and apple aftertaste with funky spicy notes. Nice, drinkable, and full of flavour. (0.375l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with big fluffy head. Aromas of lemons, yeast and some funk. Flavor is tart, grassy, citrusy, with some yeasty funk.
KyotoLefty (8924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Nose of orange, peach, Belgian yeast, huge, juicy stone fruit. Cloudy, bright gold with a rocky head. Great fruit flavor, stone fruit, oranges, a touch of ginger. Nice small, persistent bubbles, a bit creamy. An amazingly fruity saison. Great.
BuckeyeBoy (5498) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours out a crisp golden topped with a white head. nose is lemon pepper and nice yeast note and some tartness. Taste is more of the lemon citrus notes tart floral and a nice belg yeast kick.
BrewBoxer (2543) - New York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle . Pours a tan color with a huge fluffy head. Very bready yeasty flavor with a tang. Interesting
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from Whole Foods PM. Pours turbid golden with white head. Nose is tart, lemongrassy fruit and hops, funk, yeast. Tastes hoppy, with notes of lemon, lime, funk, yeast, florals, and a tart finish.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vibrant yellow in colour with spritzy carbonation. Aromas are of lemon curd, graham cracker and herbs. Flavors are of lemon peel, white pepper, kitchen herbs, green apple skins, and wet stones. Extremely dry. Solid.
Marduk (5848) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
375ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). I guess this is my 1k different brewery?! Clear dark golden color. Small size, thick white head, stays. Fizzy, sweet, peach syrup, wheaty in aroma. Sweet, malty, banana, yeasty in taste. Yeasty, messy, apples in aftertaste. Rough and full of acetone.
FatPhil (13061) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 5, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
375ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Sweet aroma, some grungy graiiness to it. Pretty heady sweet taste, some alcohol in here too. Sticky palate, both from sweetness and I presume resiny hops, which at least provide some long-term interest. Yes, it uses belgian yeast, I can taste that, but the effect is so forced that itís fake. Some acidity here, not so nice. Throw belgian yeast in, get high scores - narp, doesnít work for me.