Hanoi (751) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is saison yeast, melon, grapes, goesberry, hints of strawberry and peach a very faint hint of funk. Taste is honey, grape, peach, leading to blossom, pineapple, pepper and spice. The moutfeel is glossy and slick.
This is a very nice, polished saison. It’s rich, sweet and well balanced. A great example, but I could never love it as much as a the rougher farmhouse style.
MetalNHopHead (1153) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
By now it should be clear that North Coast has a handle on the Belgian varieties. Still, it always throws me - in a good way - when I take a sip of their brews and realize this stuff is brewed in the U.S. Le Merle pours a straw-gold color. It has a spicy aroma with coriander and light yeast. Taste has lots of bread with notes of bright citrus, earth, and clove. Feel is bright, refreshing, smooth.
Panzerfaust (752) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - MAR 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12fl oz. bottle from Club de Cervezas Pours a good-looking shiny golden color with orange-ish hues. Head is big white and lingering white head that recedes into a small cap. Aroma is really great, complex and characterful with a lot of barnyard, musty touches and some funk. Fruity esters dominate with mandarines, passion fruit and pommegranate shining above all else. Grapes and white wine give some additional complexity. Spicy traces come to the fore with warming, especially coriander, white pepper and some aromatic orange peel. Fantastic. Taste is mildly tart with fantastic fruity sweetness balancing out. Sour touches are complimented well by orange and grape flavors. A bit of spice of coriander and pepper. Chunks and bits of passionfruit and lemon. Amazing. Carbonation has a soft fizziness that caresses the tongue. Really smooth with a nice aftertaste. Massively drinkable. A bit champagnoise... A fantastic, complex Saison that I could drink every single day.
HuskerTan (1420) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A- Bland, some floral notes.
A- Gold color, hazy liquid, white head.
T- Black pepper, bitter, floral, spices.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, floral finish.
O- Okay but not as good as I feel it should be. Plenty of spice and floral notes in it.
Franckg (870) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe jaune-orangée légèrement voilée surmonté d’un col de mousse blanc et moyennement dense. Arômes de levures belges, orange, beaucoup d’esters de banane et clou de girofle, eau minérale, citron. Me rapelle plus un blonde belge forte qu’une saison. En bouche, levures belges dans une enveloppe de miel et orange. Encore du clou de girofle, pelures de banane, citron et malt au goût de pain brun. Finale amère où les houblons se fraient un chemin. Texture légèrement huileuse et corps faible à moyen. Bière à mi-chemin entre la saison et la blonde forte.
ebone1988 (948) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is slight Belgian yeast, barnyard, dust, tart, pretty good. Appearance is dark golden, off white head, hazy, just a touch too dark. Taste is slight Belgian yeast, dust, farm, a bit of hop bitterness and booze. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, lots of dry dust in the aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty good, although the booze seems to be very prevalent. Still, pleasant.
jimbonga (87) - - FEB 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost clear gold with a small head. Aromas of pineapple and bubblegum. Nice Belgian yeasty esters, bit of funk, and earthiness. Pineapple chunk sweets. Nice prickliness to the taste. Very tasty.
Duracell (28) - Montreal, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz bottle at La Fine Mousse, Paris, France.
Big Saison, on the heavy side. Full of complex, deep flavours. Lots of bubblegum, some dark fruits hidden behind a funky character and some hoppy bitterness. Great Saison, not as refreshing as some others, but an excellent beer nonetheless!
Fatehunter (2051) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body with lots of bubbles.
The aroma is earthy, yeast, lemon, grapefruit and a little pineapple.
The taste is mild bitter with some fruit sweetness, and some dirt flavor.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
Idiosynkrasie (5855) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, orangey golden colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Fruity, yeasty aroma, notes of green and yellow apple, apple purée, pear, a minimally dusty, yeasty touch. Taste is fruity yeasty, slightly sweet, bready malty, dry hoppy overtones with a herbal touch, notes of apple and pear, some peppery yeast spiciness, white pepper, some alcohol throughout. Well balanced, strong and intense, could be top level without the alcohol presence.