mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
640ml bottle. Extremely vibrant and appealing in the glass with a red tinge that is like looking at the sun through a dust storm. Crackly slight head that quickly dissapates. Spicy fruit aromas abound and the flavour is light and dry with a slightly tart green apple finish.
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 640ml. Very interesting beer. Aroma of apples, caramel, and earth. Taste is sweet, with a touch of acidity, and good length. Palate is thin-to-medium body, and sparkling. Amber colour, with no head.
hawthorne00 (2261) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 640ml bottle, 10C. Pours clear copper with a small and rapidly disappearing light-beige head. Aroma has yeast, apples and spices. Decent sweet/ tart balance with some depth and barnyard touches. Really rather cider-like. Finishes tart with allspice, white pepper and a hint of metal. [3.3]
Bottle. BB earlier this month. Burnt orange with a small light beige head that lasts in a tulip. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. More malt sweetness and spicier than it was with mellow apples, some slight sour funk and a mildly sweet peppery finish. Has improved a bit and will make pleasant summer drinking.
eczematic (1307) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very interesting beer, surprisingly. was hoping that the apple juice wouldn’t be a sweetener and it isn’t, it tastes fully fermented to dryness (don’t agree with other raters here who say it’s too sweet - this is as dry as it gets). not very sour, but just a little bit sour at the very end, and you can certainly detect genuine lacto in the nose. the saison yeast is certainly there too, giving mild fruitiness, phenolics and earthiness. breadily malty, fruity and peppery in the mouth, but has a bit of a hole in the finish where some leafy noble hops or alternatively some real funky sourness would slot in nicely. the apples are pretty discreet, but you can smell the skins, as well as the flavour having some cideriness in a pleasant way. more hops, funk and a lighter pils malt flavour rather than the more melanoidiny malt here would improve this for me. if you want something truly mad, try some billy b’s: this is actually a subdued and quite carefully balanced beer.
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours vibrant pale amber with a creamy lasting head.
Nose shows some tangy apple cider, some bready malt and a bit of wheat. Not bad.
Flavours include soft sweet apple, bready malt, and finishes quite dry, as a good saison should.
Light body, soft carbonation that could be a little higher.
Very light and refreshing, it does actually remind me of Saison Dupont, I assume they used a genuine saison yeast or something?
gam (3069) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
640ml bottle Good head copper coloured ale medium carbonation aroma woody fruit mildly floral has a perfume about it flavour great taste of apple sweet a little acidic touch not rough some grape always the apple pleasantness to the finish aftertaste is mildly sour works well
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
640ml Bottle. A good version of a saison. The Mad brewers keep making weird and wonderful beers.
Stew41 (1663) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perhaps an unsual style and for the most part worked well. Can definitely pick up the apple juice, fairly simple and juicy at that, and some sour spice coming through, but this ’saison’ not is fairly mild. There’s a stinky, meaty, yeasty Belgian Ale flavour that provides some interest. No bad I guess but overall not particularly challenging.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Small average offwhite head over a clear amber-nutbrown body. Aroma of hession sack and bread. Taste of coriander, fruity and sweet through out. Medium to full bodied. Not what I expected.
floydian1 (827) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ James Squire Brewhouse Melbourne. A clear amber-brown beer with a small white head. Nose is noticeably fruity with strong apple aromas together with passionfruits and subtle spicy yeasts. The flavour is very sweet up front with the tartness of the cider apples coming through mid-palate and a soft spicy yeasty finish. It rather lacks the dry tartness of the true Belgian Saisons and is far too sweet to be the genuine article, but a decent local effort nonetheless and very sessionable. Had plenty of these whilst down there.