Leighton (17258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 2015 edition of the chriso Pre-GBBF tasting - London. Cheers! Pours cloudy gold with a foamy, white head. Jammy citrus in the nose, assorted berries - strawberry, cranberry, raspberry. Light to medium sweet flavour, with jammy fruits, bread, faint yeast, berries. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, with more bready and fruity character. Nice beer.
superspak (4242) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Fall 2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
rumproasts (4700) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy pink straw with two finger head. Strong carbonation. Light cranberry tart notes. Yeasty without much funkiness. I feel like this has a lot of potential, but doesn’t quite deliver. Still very drinkable.
Chalumeaux (873) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at source pink ruby pour with nice white head. Aromas of fruit grass and yeast. Taste is spicy woodsy with nice tart berry and lemon.
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a veiled pinkish straw with a short lived white head. Aroma is dry, cranberry, apple and oldish. Flavor is cranberry, red apple, fruit pulp. Finish is cranberry, tart and oldish. Medium body, soft mouthfeel and average carbonation.
czar (6972) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours hazy light golden with a creamy white cap, reviving and leaving strong lacing. dusty and woodsy seiazzon yeast, very fruity - miscellaneous berries; tart and fortunately not acrid; woodsy and spicy, very flowery, hint of vanilla, white pepper. bright carbonation, light body - slightly watery; dry, lightly tart citric finish. nice cranberry saison.
milewide (1963) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pinkish color. Sour aroma with little cranberry influence. Expensive at $12.99 for 750 ml bottle.
The_Osprey (5323) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s. 2014 bottling. Hazy peachy orange, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is sour, lemon, nectarine. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is tart with cranberry, lemon and peach with a dry finish. Not bad.
Desverger (6723) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Chris and Ruth’s Pre-GBBF 2015, London - gold yellow coloured pour with a white head. Aroma and taste is fruity and floral grassy hoppy, zesty citrus lemon notes, light malt, dry finish.
pete4999 (1382) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pinkish red color. This bottle was 2 years old, and the cranberries had definitely faded. Could tell it was some sort of saison and it wasn’t bad, but wasn’t as fruity as I was expecting. Probably would’ve been better fresher.