Johnsense (776) - - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour, large head. Fairly sweet aroma, minimal brett. Fruity, yeast, honey, toffee, grape all detected, but minimal brett. Medium body. Good for an american belgian, pretty lousy for a sour.
MacBoost (1245) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dusty orange color with almost a pinkish tint but not quite. Huge rocky and puffy white head. Aromas of white pepper and some sweaty brett. Tast is semi sweet, lightly bitter. Flavors of spice, some musty gym socks (but restrained), and lemon. Pretty sweet. Not at all what I like in a saison. Not tart at all, just a hint of funk. Like Orval but more sweet, less bitter and way less funky. So, yeah. Not very good. Finishes sugary and under attenuated. Shoulda dried this one out with a higher boost yeast profile and upped the hop level then spiked the bottle with brett. But what the h do I know, we are all going to be sucked into the vortex real soon anyway.
MikeLuke23 (74) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Great CO2, nice thick cream colored head. Beer is a golden orange. Aroma is almost cider like with malty perfume. The flavor is slight malty toffe, very very light caramel hints of red apple skin, white grapes, grape skin. Great session Brett beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewery
The beer pours a golden color with a great head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is fruity, tart and funky with some leafiness and some odd tea.
The flavor has some light toasted malt and peach. It’s earthy with a light bitterness. There are some leafy hops and the beer is basically dry.
i enjoyed it.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark gold with an orange tint. Thin but adhesive head. This has a firm, creamy palate, and drinks quite easily. I’d blindly put it in the saison vein, mostly just a smooth, vaguely fruity but lightly charactered beer. I don’t get much outright yeast, frankly, but it’s "wild" enough to seem right. Quite enjoyable. (#5557, 6/17/2014)
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Hopleaf, 4/19/14
Lightly hazy godlenrod with some deeper ripe orange hues and a fluffy white head atop, showing strong retention.
Lemon, light vanilla and hints of lime and tropical fruits emanate from the nose, with a backdrop of bready caramel malts, plentiful pear and apple esters and just a touch of bubblegum. Certainly a ton of yeast activity in the nose. Clean, and quite straightforward with the brett providing an enjoyable complexity, but certainly not pervasive here. Low on the hoppiness, with just a dusting of citrus zest, light grassiness and no acidity to speak of. Alcohol is well-controlled and out of the picture.
Grainy, somewhat scratchy malts are noteable but fortunately soft base malt sugars still remain and are able to comfort the palate while lemon-lime-like brett notes coalesce on the end, leading to a dry finish with some earthy/doughy yeastiness and plentiful esters (banana, bubblegum, pear, apple). More hop bitterness in the form of fresh cut grass and some light citrics, than perceived from the nose, actually helping to brighten up the beer, while there is a slight wateriness on the finish that is quite becoming and helps belie the somewhat high abv here. Very drinkable and well-done.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
hazy hay-gold, puffy white head, nice lacing. Light celery, tomato, and glue hints throughout the nose. More glue and thyme up front, heavy wheat and brett C mid with tons of hay and citrus before a sticky lotion finish.
Strykzone (4900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Perennial. Reddish? Or amber. Some off white foam. A bret aroma that is sharp with so ething like cinnamon. The bret in the flavor is distinct. More sourness. Malts are on the background but are right. Floral comes later. Really intetesting but a bit too infected for my tastes.
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a cloudy orange brew with a nose dominated by oxidized nutty malt tones. It is not sour but there’s a fruitiness that at least implies a bit of tartness. This is slightly sweet w/ medium to vigorous carbonation, medium bodied w/ earthy bitterness in the finish. This just really isn’t all that tasty or even interesting.
arminjewell (6150) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, clear orange pour with white head lacing well, aroma brought notes of slight yeast, bread, slight red fruits, caramel, toffee, slight oaky, bretty and funky notes. Taste is a mix of sour lemon, earth, tart citrusy fruit, oak, some red fruit into a funky middle, slightly tart, finishing dry, slightly tart.