Travlr (11867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Own & Kenny. Hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma of lightly spiced lemon. Taste is softly sour citrus. Mellow.
slowrunner77 (1946) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cool surprise release. Never had the saison but i think i’d like it. refreshingly tart, lightly sour, brightly fruity and complex, yet easy drinking. Better than the spontan part of the blend. Good stuff, if a bit overpriced.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled April 2014
A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an initially two-finger thick, but then growing an additional two-fingers above the rim of my glass, pale tan colored head. The beer is pale amber / copper color that shows a lightly hazed, straw tinged, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, musty, quite hay like, with some cracker like pale grain character, a bit cider leaning, as well as some phenolic notes that lightly lean between a mix of medicinal and plastic notes. There is lots of woody oak character here in the nose as well, especially as the beer warms up.
The beer is quite light bodied, lightly tart, a little herbal, with a bit of bitterness and medicinal / plastic like character to it in the finish. The beer only has a light tartness to it (not like a Lambic), and this brings out a soft, cider like fruitiness, some touches of pear, and perhaps even some starfruit. There is a soft mustiness here, as well as an earthy grain character, both of which are accentuated by the phenolic character. Some peppery spiciness melds with the medicinal / plastic phenolics in the finish, and there also seems to be some woody oak character, as well as some toasted pale oak character and some oak like spiciness. As the beer warms up the oak character gets a bit more prominent.
An interesting beer that is pretty tasty, and definitely enjoyable. The oak and the phenolics are a bit too much to leave this beer perfectly balanced, but not to the level that this is not an enjoyable brew.
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is fairly tart and has pale malt, light fruit, light smooth bugs, peaches and blue cheese. It has a medium body with tons of soft frothy carbonation. The flavor starts with fruitiness and saison earth, spice, cheesiness, lambic-esque sourness (kinda a light version and lemony). The finish has lots of citric sourness, funky tartness and lots of wild bugs. Really nice sour ale.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@DØE Århus Syd: super exciting, tart expensive dry and different Christmas beers. Scent of Christmas apples.
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home via Craftshack a few months back. Pours a hazy yellow orange appearance with an off white head. Actually quite funky, bretty, barnyard funky, pineapple aroma. Tangy, dank citrus hoppy, funky, pineapple flavor. Lots of spicy hoppy and funky, tart goodness. Chill brew.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice sour fruit, lemon, hints of oak, earth, grain, touch of funk, earth, vanilla, hints of grain, touch of bread. Taste is a mix of vanilla, lemon, oak, hints of biscuit, bread, touch of funk, hints of herbal notes in there as well, finishing tart, dry, hints of dough.
GlasgowTAD (37) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden yellow with a short lasting white dense head.
Aroma of barnyard funk.
Was expecting great sourness but was pleasantly surprised by sweetness!
Not a full on sour but extremely refreshing, especially when drank cold in the summer heat!
mcberko (6453) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out some barnyard funk, grape must, and rustic notes. Flavour is like a watered down gueuze with slight sweetness, not as good as Spontanale. Quite rustic and yeasty - not so tart, but quite wild tasting. Nice stuff.
Yorker (1190) - Herning, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, pepper, and brett - with a tart finish.