zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Yellowish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of tart lemon, a hint of horseblanket, and bready yeast. The bitterness, typical of most saisons, is present and is well-integrated with the tartness from the brettanomyces. Not quite as smooth as some other brett-spiked saisons but very nice all the same.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! I have had enough syrupy malt bombs. I want something I can drink. So, on to this...ultra-crystal-clear straw gold yellow pour with a clean white head. Aroma is subtle and of a wet, cellar-like cork and old malt. Flavors give some more of this and bunch of strong orange character. I’m not getting much, if any, Brett, which I was under the impression this beer had some of. If there is much Brett, it’s the acetate, white pepper, bit of foot must - the Brett C kind. The beer is a little sticky and acerbic for me. I don’t know...somehow this isn’t working. I expected more fluffiness, more tropical fruit, more dryness. That distinguishing salt-peteresque, Lost Abbey mineral-heavy yeast really dominates the finish.
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden color, small steady white head. Belgian yeasty nose: apricot fruityness, "dry yeast" and some alcohol. Flavor is fruity (apricot, peach) and yeasty. Finish has some grape juice, watermelon and hops. Quite Belgian easy going ale. No Brett found.
skoisirius (1634) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spiked I dug this guy a lot. Unspiked, it’s a great saison, just missing that bite I really like in these sorts of brews. The bretts bring the orange zesty grass in a sour way that works well. Would be curious how those bottles are doing aged...
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Port Brewing in San Marcos-hazy gold with a sudsy white head. spicy nose-smells like this saison has alot of ginger, corriander, orange peal, chamomille, with some floral/spicy hops-awesome nose! flavros are spice, corriander, ginger and some grassy notes. palate is a bit thicker than i was thinking it would be but crisp for what it was. long spicy and somewhat sour finish. very nice saison and im glad i got a bottle to sample to update this rating. Port was a great place-great social atmosphere and met some cool people-great way to end my SD county brewery tour!
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting
Aroma : Tart with brett and yeast. A bit citrusy.
Taste : Yeasty with brett, Finish is a bit bitter and a bit warm.
Overall : Awesome nose. Nice use of brett (I don’t always like it). Nice brew !
CheersMate (1309) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, finally, I am able to try the ’09 version. 750 ml. bottle from Healthy Spirits. Haze gold/orange appearance. Translucent. Head fades away rather quickly. Thin and yet a wispy head. Nice crisp brett aroma. A nice fresh Saison aroma, which is always wonderful. A LIGHT fruity, almost lemon citrus aroma. Slight yeast aroma hits my olfactories as well. Fairly nuanced aroma. This is a fairly pungent Saison with a nice brett aroma. I am tasting some yeast and a sweet sugary flavor. As I am sipping away the beer seems to be gravitating towards sugar, yeast, and Tripel-like fruit flavors. The yeast flavor seems to be a bit intrusive at some points. Slightly light and dry finish. This Saison has a wonderful texture. I am getting a faint lemon citrus flavor. From what I remember, I had a better experience with the 2008. This seems a bit too sweet now, but maybe with more time the brett will come out more and the yeast, sugar, and fruit flavors will take a backseat. I wanted to taste more of the brett, but oh well.
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2009 Total Score: 3.7
750 ml. bottle from Big Star Bottles in Seattle. Doesn’t have a year on the bottle, but since the ’09 bottles are labeled I am going to say this is ’08. Haze light orange/dark yellow appearance. Not much head to speak of. Translucent appearance. Looks like a nice beer. Sugary fruit aroma, although this is faint, it mixes well with the subtle brett aroma . I believe that is brett, but with some sniffs I am not picking it up. Not the most pungent brew, but still nice. A nice light fruit aroma. Some yeast, sugar, and a slightly dry finish. A light bitterness at the end. A nice saison, but altogether not very exciting. Sugar and fruits come through the most. A very nice texture. For me its on the verge of a tripel. Pretty good brew.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foggy gold, with a thin white head. Aroma is white wine, light vinegar, apples, light spice, mild brett. Taste is lightly tart, mild maltiness, light fruit, some faint sweetness to it. Quite nice.
Sigmund (5088) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Rerate bottle (kindly shared by gunnar), much the same, but the spicy aroma and flavour are a quite bit better than my first impression. I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz.. corked bottle, 2009 version, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Pours first crystal pale yellow with fine bubbles, moderate white head, some sediment in the bottle. Aroma of damp basement, some fruit (cider apples) and hints of horse stable in the background, but has not the fine aroma balance of a good Belgian ale. The flavour has distinct notes of brettanomyces, some spiciness, and fairly bitter American hops in the finish - but again without the flavour harmony of a real Belgian. Not a bad beer, but I expected something far better than this.
swoopjones (5750) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle (750ml) Slightly murky witte like pour. Aromas of band aid, lemon, light soap, pot pourri. Brett bandaid like dry flavor. mild bitterness. Solid