ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from U.S. Liquor, Minnetonka, MN. Somewhat sour, doughy, farmhouse aroma with citrus notes. As such nails the style. Cloudy yellow with a smaller white head. Creamy smooth mouthfeel that is lightly carbonated. Tastes like it smells to a large degree. Moderately sweet but tends to the drier side. Could stand to be a little more carbonated, but just needs a little more body and doughyness. A pretty good effort overall, although at $7.99 they’re cashing in on their name and not necessarily the quality of the brew.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden orange, moderate head with solid lacing and retention. Aroma is grass, yeast, floral, light spicing. Medium bodied, lightly sweet. Decent.
Bov (10117) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from crackedkettle.com - cloudy dark orange colour; little and irregular white foam; aroma of peach, bitter oranges and cane sugar; full-bodied, sweet and acidic; a fair and late bitterness introduces a long fruity, slightly spicy and quite dry finish - solid and nicely brewed
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Sweet malts, tangerine and grass aroma. Hazy, yellow color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter getting rather bitter in the finish, light grassy, light fruity. Sticky at first but dry in the finish. Thanks Yngwie.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden hazy color with thin off-white head. Aroma is of light citrus, yeast and lightly floral. Taste mirrors the aroma with a little more citrus shining through. Light mustiness permeates this beer and brings it to the forefront of Saisons I’ve had. Pretty damn good.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden holdy with some spotty lacing. Has a Tripel aroma - some spicyness, some honey, and banana. Taste is about the same with some citrus and fruityness. All right, but just not funky and sour like the typical saison. The Norwegians need to get on the ball.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden, hazy. Medium white head. Fresh flavour and aroma. Floral. Notes of pine. Green apples. Some underlying malty sweetness. Slightly dry hoppy bitter finish.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow golden with a small, white head, fair retention. Aroma of herbal and earthy hops, light spicy peppery notes, and some citrus notes. Biscuity malts back it up. Flavor has stronger biscuity notes and less citrus, though still earthy and kind of light on the pepper. There is some sweetness, but the Dry earthy bitter finish (peaked at a 4). Burps stale crackers. Some alcohol is present. Medium body with light creamy carbonation. Not too bad at all.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Cloudy orange color with a frothy, white head. Aroma of bananas, peaches, pineapples, pepper and straw. Flavor is a bit grainy and begins moderately sweet, somewhat acidic and altogether unrefreshing. Finishes less sweet and lightly bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer seems as though it could have been brewed with some softer water. Another Nogne beer that just doesn’t live up to its steep pricetag.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a frothy, hazy straw color. Nice rocky head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of tangerine, coriander, herbal spice, pear and light caramel candiness. The taste is refreshing and complex. Primary flavors are citrus, pepper and mild apple/pear. The finish is balanced with fruitness and some clean bitterness. A nice beer that I’ll have to revisit in the warm weather.