bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of herbs, florals, yeast, and pear. Flavor of florals, pepper, grass, subtle pear, light citrus, and grain with a dry finish.
Travlr (10000) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Belgian Beer Fest Boston. Hazy yellow amber color. Aroma of straw and citrus. Taste is similar. More boozy than it needs to be.
Ratman197 (9652) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of pear, yeast,pineapple, straw, spice and light banana., Palae was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light spice and light pineapple with a crisp lingering fruity straw finish.
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, soapy, white head. Great retention. Spicy, herbal nose - white pepper is front and center. Medium to full-bodied with champagne-like carb. The bittersweet flavor is a mélange of toffee, herbs, roots and spices. Finishes malty, spicy and tongue-numbing. Thanks to biggsbowler for sharing this beer with the south Florida crew!
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch 11. Pours with a hazed blonde-straw yellow hued body with a medium sized white head. Good retention and lace. Aromas are of pepper, root vegetables, mild grainy qualities, herbal hops, floral and green. Lots of phenolic notes, mildly dry and fruity esters. White grapes, crackery. Flavors are of peppery phenols, mild sweetness, grainy, lots of esters, black pepper, straw, apple sauce, mild umami. Dry finish. Nice balance and complexity. Low tartness. Fuller carbonation, medium-low body.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Paul at Andy’s for Paul’s birthday and Joey’s going away (and hopefully coming back at some point) tasting. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Lightly fuzzy yeast, a bit of sweetness, musky. Sweet, lightly vegetal, sweet and a touch of popcorn, turning into a light spicy note. Weird. Soft funk and musk on the finish. Weird.
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Orangish-yellow, quite dark, with a very fine, high head. Malty nose, a lot of biscuits, bread, a little citrus. Really similar to Saison Dupont. Flavor is grass, citrus, bread. Again, close to Dupont. Lacks the complexity and the crispness, but close and likewise very nice.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A towery. dense fine-bubbled white head reigns supreme above the fizzy hazy gold. The very active carbonation carries spicy and herbal hop notions straight to the nose and that spiciness is amped up by furthermore spicyness from the yeast’s phenolic character. I must say I’m not overly fond of the latter which feels a bit rough edged and not all that rustic. At the same time, the yeast provides a lot of tropical pale fruit esters, think litchi, pineapple, mango and while the palate is actively carbonated, that fruity yeast brings forth a certain bubblegummy juiciness that I’m not especially enjoying, prefering earthy and citrusy nuances to explosive esters.Concurrently, the beer is perhaps ironically both juicy and dry, almost very dry. That makes it refreshing enough and fairly easy to drink and in the end, contributes to bringing the beer more toward the like than the dislike spectrum and considering the potential variability with this style, I’ll gladly revisit anytime. Unless the more interestingly rustic Renaud is on the same shelf...
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A basic straightforward blond Saison, a bit grassy/spicy, moderately dry, not too tasty, easy to drink.
How: From a bottle at Hill Farmstead Farmhouse Saison Festival 2012.
The look: Cloudy yellow-blond body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose is moderately rustic, light spicy-grassy notes, some tart light color fruits. Taste is crisp crackery cereals, low sweetness, pineapples, a bit of dry grassy hops, intrinsic spicy notes, refreshing tartness. Low intensity, high drinkability, moderately dry. A very basic Saison that drinks easy for a 7% beer even if there is a bit of booze showing. Another Saison rating for me, if Waldo was a Saison, I’d find Waldo like, really fast.
SudsMcDuff (5804) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
first bottle of the share .. . pours a effervescent gold .. . medium head, lots of white lacing .. . light grain, hay, yeast, and dough .. . mild spritz .. . pretty good, but still too american for my liking
.. . . well its better than rubbing your head for 4 hours and ending up dead in a shoebox..