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.
Idiosynkrasie (5947) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, yellow-ish golden colour with average, fluffy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Slightly sweet-ish, fruity, yeasty spicy, wheaty aroma, notes of yellow stone fruit, peach, mirabelle, apricot, mildly peppery spicy, yeasty overtones with hints of white pepper and a touch of hay, coriander seed, some floral honey, at risk to drop to waxy. Taste is dry hoppy, spicy yeasty, fruity, minimally weaty undertones, hints of brine and mustard seed, dried apricot; soft palate, gentle though lively carbonation. Excellent balance of cleanly- and dirtiness, dry- and sweetness, in no way obtrusive but quite intense. Wonderful.
suurjuust (2636) - ESTONIA - MAY 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden amber beer, small-ish white head. Estery and warmly malty nose, muddled peach and mild caramel. Flavor is malty, soft, with hops and fruity-citric esters kicking in the finish. Lingering caramel, some alcohol notes. Not bad.
MelvinKalksma (690) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, fruit, grain, hops and citrus.
Hazy/turbid golden/amber beer with heavy yeast and with a medium white head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with grain, hops and citrus.
This beer has a balanced and intense flavour. Really great for a hot summer day.
fenouil (18) - courbevoie, FRANCE - APR 30, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Voici surement l’une des blonde à ne pas oublier. Belle couleur, belle mousse persistante. Nez discret annonçant une bouche superbe avec des houblons très fins et une finale très très longue entre épices, poivre et coriandre
jfb (5297) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) hazy golden colour with a couple of floaties and a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy bread dough and floral hops, with a hint of paint thinner, some apricots, bay leaves and lemonade. flavour is mostly caramelized cereals and yeast, with some notes of sugar icing, again some solvent, peaches, lemongrass and a warming medium-bitter herbal-hoppy finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
ForlornHope (357) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Golden-yellow in colour with a thin white head. Some of the fluffy yeast kicks up and remains in suspension. Aroma of yeast and hop. Taste is slightly sweet to start, then a good bitterness follows. Tastes of sweet malt, vanilla and spice, rounded off with a huge bitterness. Rich mouthfeel and a long, dry finish. Great.
Alex60 (70) - - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 33 cl- couleur dorée pale, goût épicé et houbloné, finale séche et longue en bouche
rouhlas (2246) - GREECE - MAR 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Dikkenek Café, Lyon. Light unclear yellow color with white head. Malty and hoppy aroma, light yeasty too, spicy, dusty, citrusy fruity, grassy, some caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
witthatsbier (490) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a light golden colour with a white foaming head
Aroma is sweet malt,with bit of hop and fruit
Taste is sweet grain light ish hop notes fruit long dry finish
Bawelt (418) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nez : la chouffe.
Bouche : bien plus équilibrée, du malt léger, un houblonnage bien plus présent et finale plus sèche.