FlacoAlto (3737) - 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 isn’t 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 isn’t bad after this, but certainly has a yeast bite to it. If I could get a bottle that wasn’t so heavily sedimented and was clear, I bet this beer would be just about singing; I’ll 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.
thornecb (4163) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing to coat surface. Funky earth and citrus aromas. Soft with dusty caramel and funk upfront turning to yeast in the medium length finish.
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, orange amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is fruity, banana, clove, bubblegum. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready, ginger, clove, more bubblegum, with a nice spicy finish that lingers for a while. Not as good as the Seizeon Bretta, but very nice on its own.
jkwood04 (3396) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of light tart notes, light fruits, hints of spices, pale and light caramel malts, and light floral hops. Flavors all blend well with everything being light in a good way to make a refreshing saison. Average texture. A cool beer.
conway (1126) - - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear gold with a huge rocky white head and active carbonation. Aroma is fruity and spicy with lots of saison yeast. Taste is fruity, earthy and rubbery. Crisp and bone dry. Solid but not much to it.
bwa5879 (535) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty cloudy medium orange pour with eighth inch white head, thin but substantial lacind on the glass. Lots of citrus hops in the nose as well as sour robust raspberry and iron. Soft carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel and dry finish. Flavors of green apple, sour berries, cracked pepper and citrus rind. Very refreshing and light.
hag14 (81) - Hafnarfjörður, ICELAND - FEB 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the icelandic beer festival. Terrific beer with citrusy and yeasty aromas that scream farmhouse. As with the seizoen bretta the taste really sticks to your mouth and therefore this has a very long finish.
haukur (1199) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yellow/orange with a nice head. Peppery nose with zest and lemons. Acidic and refreshing. Not as spectacular as the bretta but a fantastic saison nonetheless.
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Nick! Pours an opaque yellow amber color with a large soft white head. Aroma is clove, bananas, spice, and juicy fruits. Taste is peach, pear juice, slight banana funk, and hefe yeast. Good carbonation, juicy saison.
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orange-tinted gold with a lively white head. Nice zesty citrus and tropical fruit compliment spicy yeast and soft pale malts. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable and tasty!
UDBeernut (1474) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
gushedout of the bottle. setlles down to a hazy bright gold, crater rock off white head. nose of whisping malts, pepper, grass. taste adds some earth, must, finishes with clove. body is solid, slightly drying.