Bawelt (542) - Lyon, FRANCE - JUN 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nez plutôt classique : abricot et pêche sur fond de levures.
Bouche : très équilibrée, très agréable, légèrement liquoreuse, un petit fond caramel discret pour la gourmandise, un fond de levure, un petit côté houblonné pour la soif et le reviens-y, le fond fruité reviens bien également.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
American farmhouse ale apparently named after the blackbird, which is indeed a very common sight here in Belgium, where this style has its origins. Attractive bottle with glossy label, bought at De Caigny in Essen, a paradise for craft beer lovers. Thick, frothy, egg-white, dense head slowly dissipating in the middle and eventually all but disappearing, over a deeply ’old gold’ coloured beer with a ’fog’ of yeast bits throughout and vivid sparkling. Very ’Belgian’ aroma of ripe banana, gooseberry, sweet turnip, both sweet and sour apple, soggy sandwiches, strawberry, baker’s yeast, grape peel, white pepper, dried bitter herbs, mango, watermelon, honey, pineapple, young ’jenever’. Fruity onset, crisp and estery, with hints of sourish gooseberry, green apple and starfruit along with sweet banana and peach, medium carbo, bit minerally; smooth, supple body, nicely positioned bready and very lightly caramelly malt sweetishness, while the fruity esters continue; some spicy phenols too, but well restrained. Softly but adequately bittering finish, a bit earthy, somewhat spicy, floral and grassy, lingering at the back of the mouth a bit while juicy malt sweetness persists and a dash of warming but otherwise well-masked alcohol rounds things off. Nothing extreme going on here, but a very well-made Belgian ale, with good balance between sour, sweet and bitter though sweet dominates the aroma. Shows refinement and indeed a somewhat ’artisanal’ character at the same time, like any good saison should; this renowned brewery has once again captured the spirit of an old beer style without going over the top, much like their Old Rasputin impy. This exercise in restraint and balance deserves merit in a world where more and more craft breweries have ventured into the extremes - exciting as those often are, of course. Enjoyed it, and frankly, if I had to taste this blind, I’d swear it was made in Belgium, which I suppose was the intention; mission accomplished, I’d say.
ByTheirLimpin (277) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to tulip. Barnyard sweet soda pop nose. Fruity fizzy saison. Yeast gives it life. Great balance. Damn good.
bdleedahl (175) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm surprised by the high rating of this beer. It is waaaay over carbonated, and isn't even within the style of a saison. It tastes fine, but is far from great.
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Dorkenstein (424) - - MAY 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of stinky cheese, lime, and hay. Taste is sweet bread, tangerine zest, some lime in the finish and a touch of clove.
NikkTwist (2714) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bru Craft. Very hazy gold pour with a slim ring of white foam. No lace. Juicy fragrant aroma. Blonde caramel malts. Amber fruit. Citrusy, spicy, herbal hops. Satsuma. Dried apricots. Dates. Blood orange juice. Slight barnyard. Hay. Cloves. Zesty but dank. Not half bad.
cagou007 (1037) - FRANCE - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2016 Pours hazy pale amber with thick white head. Nice lacing. Nose is yeasty. Aromas are toasted malts, fruits, spices, herbal hops, a hint of alcohol. Average carbonation, medium body. Long bitter and herbal finish.
fdomig (831) - München, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml on tap at RedHot Munich. Aroma is light malt, light yeast. Appearance is light cloudy yellow with a small white foam. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Malt stays very present. Good.
MayumiH (930) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Light Belgian yeast flavour, moderate sweetness. Notes of orange peel and cloves. Nice beer.
Vaiz (4258) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear golden pour, thick foamy white head. Aroma of spices, peppery, fruity and with some warming alcohol. Flavor is quite spicy, slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Intense brew.