KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head that lasted a little while, receding to a large puddle and collar of residue, which had good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of light grain and cereal malts, herbal hops and a funky Brett yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), and a hint of spice (coriander and clove).
The taste was a little sweet and a tad sour with a hint of citrus at first and then became rather hoppy with a slight bitter lemon peel presence and a mild peppery spice ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a hoppy slightly sour peppery taste left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a smooth dry texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall a refreshingly different Saison, with a nice sour spicy taste that had an outstanding blending with the hops...
McWorta (1051) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lightly nebulous golden (EBC 6) with a frothy large white fine poring head, good retention and lacings; light viscous. On the nose aromas of funky floral barnyard, light white pepper notes, orange zest, earthy with faint white grapes developping at the back end. Fine perlage, effervescent, light, bright texture developping a soft slickness nearly velvety, medium-full yet elegantly slender body. Some funky wheat sweetness with a lovely peppery note and orangey white grape bitterness occurs. Finish has a lasting momentum offering more complex fruity induced dry barnyard flavours.
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Port Brewing Co / Lost Abbey Brewery, San Marcos, CA. Pours a hazy yellow colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of fresh fruitiness, some white bread yeastiness and orange. Flavour of Saison yeast, tart orange, mild bitterness and white bread. A bit of caramel sweetness. Mediun bodied. Soft.
jgb9348 (5126) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not vintaged (at least nothing left to denote this at the store and onwards), but not sure what exact beer this is, since it shows at 8,0% abv. Crystal clear light copper and bronzed coloured body with a large and rather fast-dying pure white head that leaves a pretty ugly lace on the sides. Aroma of grass, pale wheat, malt, pepper, hay, hints of hops and a some subdued fruits and sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Dense mouthful with a good orange and curacao flavour showing some nice fruit quality coupled with a rather large alcohol presence, some malt body and a good fresh herb and very dry flavour to finish. Aftertaste shows a rather complex and dry, grassy/hay finish with more of a kick from the alcohol than anything else - a rather pungent beer for the style leaving almost a bitterness of metal and alcohol, akin to an Imperial Pils or a strong European Lager - interesting. Overall, a good beer, but a tad rough around the edges with a nice complexity that is almost overshadowed by how strong of a beer this is, especially for the style and even more so for the size of the bottle (75 cL). I sampled this 75 corked and caged bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-July-2015 for US$7,82 sampled at home in Washington on 27-August-2015.
radagast83 (5820) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Confessional. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Aroma was light funky yeast notes, some light peppery notes and a touch of spice. Flavor was notes of spice, wheat, slightly sweet. Tasty.
AAEA (226) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml ($9.99) pretty good beer. but I expected it to be. everything I’ve had from this brewer has been pretty good stuff. pretty good bargain for one of these i thought.
msbernac (1166) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma-floral, herbs, spices
Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam,
Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness,
Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
Fashawn (439) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Versata nel bicchiere si distingue subito per la parecchia schiuma, che tende a formarsi velocemente e con non troppa difficoltà tende anche a sparire. Saponosa ed irregolare, non lascia grosse tracce. La birra è arancio, senza irregolarità, bella da vedersi. Al naso arriva il sapore di cantina, odore di legno. Leggera acidità, ed un po’ di frutta. Pesche più che altro. Aroma pulito ma non intenso, anche se abbastanza elegante. Imbocco di miele fresco, nota funky presente. Un po’ di frutta a polpa dolce,intermezzo tropicale, vagamente tropicale. Qualche spezia, e finale amaro e pepato. Buona amarezza, riscaldata dalle spezie e dalla nota funky, quasi brettara. Al palato è dolce, delicata. Carbonatazione vivace come lo stile richiede. Bello il ritorno retrolfatfivo.
SinH4 (1138) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Golden color with small white head. Fresh funk, a bit sweet fruits, spicy. Taste is biscuity-doughy, a bit esthery, carbonation is medium. A very solid Saison.
gEUS (1510) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle at home. Pours dark yellow to orange with a small head? Nose is spice and herb, more of a belgian triple than saison. Medium body, herbal and sweet. Taste is malty, spicy. Nice.
commonmac (702) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased in California during WCBT. Consumed after San Cisco performance at Triple Rock. Snifter glass. Light golden straw color with a half finger of frothy white head. Aroma of grassy, earthy characteristics and a healthy amount of spices. Gives a bright feeling leading into the first sip. Taste has the quintessential elements of a saison with citrus, spices, and a subtle hop quality. Definite underbelly of yeast funk but offset well by the sweetness of the other flavor elements. Incredibly drinkable...one of the better saisons I’ve had in a long time. Pleasant surprise.