Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano.
It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end.
For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely.
I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending.
You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.
Calisky (2021) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur dorée un peu trouble, forte mousse blanche. Nez levuré et fruité jaune, un peu confit. Gout lévuré léger, fruité citronné doux et bonne amertume houblonnée herbeuse et légèrement épicée, le tout bien rond et balancé. Corps onctueux. Vraiment nickel
HammerTroll (948) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dark orange color, medium to big sized white head. Aroma is honey, sugar, yeast, banana and some alcohol. Sugary and fruity taste. Medium body, creamy, lively carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet with slightly bitter finish. Tasty, nicely balanced. //Craft Room
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours hazy golden with a huge white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long slightly warm, fruity and yeasty finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
aleksander9 (957) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with white head. Floral, ripe citrus, yeast and light nail polish remover. Sweet, dry, hoppy and spicy finish. Overall: refreshing
Bozo_skeleton (824) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blonde dorée un peu trouble, grosse carbo, gros collet epais et persistant.
Aromes fleuris et citonnés
Bien ronde sur les cereales et le pain, une belle finale fleuris et legerement amere qui dure comme il faut.
AaronTDubs (103) - - NOV 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly clear. Light amber color. Medium carbonation. Fruity aromas of bananas, lightly toasted malts, some phenols. Quite dry. Is a bit sharp at bitter and lower temperatures, but warms up to have a lovely complex flavors of ripe fruits, spices, herbs, and a slight tanginess. A very interesting beer.
Holmen2 (2265) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 31.03.13. Pale, and slightly hazy, golden. White head. Floral aroma of succade and lemon zest. Fresh fruits amd some harsh bitterness in taste. Aftertaste opens up, with more bitterness. Dry, while filling, mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Fine drinkability.
Bornyensis (234) - BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Een zeer lekker biologisch biertje. Een goed aroma en kleur, typisch België.
agent_persik (597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean golden color, big white head. Sweet aroma of grass, spices, hops, apples, banana, yeast. Dry sweet taste has similar notes, bitter hoppy finish and spicy aftertaste. Medium body and strong carbonation. Good hoppy and spicy Belgian ale.
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with a large cloudy white head. Nose is classic Belgian ester tones; banana, white sugar, red fruits and hints of straw, biscuits and clove. Taste is sharp alcohol notes up front, banana, white sugar, straw, floral honey notes and hints of peaches and biscuits. Medium body, high carbonation. Nice blonde of the larger variety, nearing the tripel territory, but with the classic estery profile more commonly found in the blonde varieties. I guess BSA is a fair deScription.