tiong (5116) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle from Bierkompass
Pours clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bretta, funky yeast, tropical fruity hops, crisp malts and spices. Taste is crisp, funky yeasty and vinous with notes of bretta, fruits, spices and tartness. Finish is vinous, funky and crisp with notes of berries, bretta, spices and mild tartness. Quite interesting.
EithCubes (5249) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 Corked and caged, 12.7 oz bottle VINTAGE 2013. Nose is malty, dusty, faintly sweet; a maple syrup-raisin thing going on there sans sweetness. Some creamy/vanilla character, too. Pours light golden with moderate carbonation and a large, tight/dense, Orvallish head. Taste is very dry, golden pils/pale malt with low bitterness, slightly oily and perfumed hops (think Strisselspalt), candi residue, black pepper and a touch of airiness (neither fit in well), very light sweaty tartness that near familiar regurgitation/vomit, and there’s some sagging bell pepper bile, but that’s about it for the funk. Zesty, lively citrus, medium-full body with no apparent alcohol. Not sure I like the mix, or the contribution of the raisins or yeast (would prefer the flavors contributed naturally by a saison yeast).
b3shine (6763) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a hazy golden orange with white head. Smells of honey, golden raisins, and a bit of spice with a mild Chardonnay-like presence. Tastes like it smells, but more bretty than raisiny, with a medium-bodied semi-dry mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Kita (1504) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 0.375l, shared with friends. Hazy pale golden color with thin creamy white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of funky brett, barnyard, white wine and fruits. Taste starts with light sweet biscuity malt, follows refreshing yeasty, vinous and fruity with dry peppery mouthfeel and moderate bitter finish. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Excellent funky saison...
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Hoppy nose, lots of tropical fruit, white wine. Fruity flavor, pepper, yeasty, very dy. Saison appears to be a difficult style to make oustide of Belgium. This example appears to be quite "artificial", with flavors that do not really seem to be very balanced.
Beerman6686 (5400) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. Atoms was lemony, peppery and yeast. Flavor similar, dry and light white wine and medium spice. OK.
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Brett and mild hop aromas. Lots of yeast/bready notes with the spices playing their part. Not overly complex, but still interesting. Good body and mouthfeel.
greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy aromas...some wild yeast presence on taste. white grapes and sparkling aftertaste. Very nice saison beer.
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle, vintage 2013.
Aroma is rather fruity with some overripe stone fruit and red apples. Quite a bit of grape character with some white wine notes. Medium white pepper character. Light grain notes.
Pours a cloudy, pale, yellow hay with a small, thin, white head that recedes quickly to the edges where it disappears. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is slightly sweet with some grape tannins and moderately strong white pepper notes. Some medium light raisin notes with some light stone fruit and red apple. Medium bitterness with a moderate mineral character. Light bready, graininess.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent saison but I don’t know that it is anything special. The white pepper seems a bit strong, especially in the flavor. I feel the water is a bit hard as well.
popway (107) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh mown meadows. Slightly peppery nose. Really nice & inviting
hazy golden body with healthy frothy head. Swirly cloudy clumps linger on surface. Taste borders on white wine but more funk, slightly acidic aftertaste
lingers. Overall a very nice intersection of funk and ale.
Made with golden raisins. Haven’t had those in a while.