hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy pale gold with a small whitish head. some foam clings to the glass... but not much.
smells...mmm... grassy skunky hops along with cinnamon/mineral/bretty notes, pale malty sweetness, straw and some sour/funky yeast thing.
it tastes a bit skunky too... yay!... lots of yeasty richness with flavors of citrus/lemon/orange, a nice spiciness as it warms, grass, a lot of pale malty sweetness (too much in fact) and some mineral-y dry brett notes on the finish. the aftertaste lingers with bretty goodness and hops but it falls short of cleaning the sugary residue off my palate.
the body is medium to viscous... thicker and slicker than i’d like since the carbonation is quite soft.
i’ll give her another year. maybe the yeast will dry it out and give it some more balance... it is fairly shallow/empty otherwise... 8/3.5/7/3/15/3.65
malrubius (1548) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Where the Wild Beers Are @ The Gate 8/30/09. Pale yellow with lasting head. Hay pineapple woody funk lemon pixie stix. Mellow pineapple funk spice. Nice creamy texture. Very good.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color with a small fluffy head. Aroma has some spice, yeast and some malt sweetness. Flavor has a touch of brett dryness and some spice. Nice.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Lemon, citrus, Brett, and grain aroma and taste with some interesting sugary and sour notes showing up through out.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers are event. Pours a hazy lemony yellow with a thin white head. Lemon, pepper, grass, brett. Medium bodied, light brett, peppery. Finishes dry and crisp, light brett notes. Very tasty.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Where the Wild Beers Are NYC 2009: Nice glowing cloudy golden with a dense white well retained head. The aroma is beautiful dry pils and pale malts with a bread crust like character and light Brux/rustic yeast presence. Creamy body with a softly sweet fore flavor of brief honey followed by a bread crust like pils base- biscuity and dry with subtle dry phenols. Creamy, dry and delicious. A nice Saison.
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting creamy off white head. Aromas of barnyard funk, citrus, straw, light vanilla and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of straw, barnyard funk, orange zest and light earthiness with a smooth lingering funky finish.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy gold with a off white head. Aroma of yeast, spices, and citrus. Flavor is similar. Well balanced. It has a sweet fruit flavor but also a little bit of funk as well. Solid Saison though.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 release with Brett; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan / off-white colored head. Lots of lacing clings to the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The beer is a lightly amber tinged, gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of musty, slight damp earth that has a backdrop of bergamot, orange-blossom honey and light herbal notes. The finish has some toasted whole wheat cracker notes, some sweet biscuit aromatics. As the beer warms some Brett-influenced notes accentuate an herbal grassiness; the Brett is not overly aggressive yet here, but still provides a musky, butyric acid laden funkiness that lightly spices up the nose of this beer.
Off dry tasting, but this beer still has some pale grain sweetness to it, but only just a bit. There is a nice herbal hop character that also provides just a touch of citrus zest flavor towards the middle. The beer finishes with a solid hop bitterness that bites through the malt character in the long, lingering finish. The body is fairly light despite have a bit of viscous malt body to it. The malt manages to linger on the palate for just a bit, but pretty quickly the biting, herbal hop character erases the malt away. The malt has a nice, pale wheat, rustic bread crumb flavor to it as well as some cracker-like grain and perhaps just a touch of bread crust flavors. The Brettanomyces influence is still on the soft side, it contributes less to the flavor than it did in the aroma, but still it provides a nice underlying musty note as well as a touch of musky farmhouse character. The dryness of the beer hides a fairly significant hop based citrus character here; it reminds me of Meyer lemons, a touch of bergamot, and floral orange blossom character, as it warms up the citrus becomes a bit more focused and can also remind me of tangerines at times. The carbonation, while not as aggressive as in some Saisons, does provide a nice level of prickly texture; this helps to offset the more viscous than I prefer in a Saison body that this beer does have.
This is not as aggressively hoppy as when it was fresh. It does have more Brett character now, but it is probably still not quite enough to make up for the fading hop character (though this is still quite aggressive for a Saison). This bottle is caught somewhere in the middle, I have a feeling that this is going to get a lot better in the next 6 months as the Brettanomyces plays a greater role in the flavor profile. With the Brettanomyces addition, I am definitely liking this new vintage a bit more than the clean version from 2008. This is actually one of those commercial beers I have drunk a couple bottles of this year (which doesn’t happen all too often for this homebrewer).
vtafro (2280) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lost abbey strikes again, even with the wider distribution of this brew the quality did not waiver. Very enjoyable saison with great flavoring. Try this beer if you have a chance.( 2009 bottle, had on wrong beer)