Iznogud (2500) - CROATIA - JUL 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650 ml, from Svijet Piva. Shared with JFK10000 and Miro B. Pours golden with white head. Fruit, citrus, barn, yeast, spices. Medium bodied. Bitter finish. Good stuff.
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big offwhite head. Clear deep yellow body. Complex fruity earthy herbal aroma with floral pea and citrus notes. Sweetish earthy fruity peas taste with lemony mealy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish lemony peas and earth aftertaste with wooden mealy floral notes. Herbal lingering finish. Well. This was really nice. Complex, full of flavour, harmonic, and drinkable. (0.65l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
milewide (2059) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Newly on shelf 5/16. Belgium yeast aroma and taste is typical saison. Lots of body for the style.
wchesser (1895) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear light gold. Nose is light pepper, some fruity tripel like yeast elements, light Juicyfruit. Taste is wheat, fruity yeast elements but an unfortunate fusel quality. Didn’t want to finish it.
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Creamy nose with apples, some malt. Hazy bright yellow color. Mild stone fruit, peach perhaps, something tropical, and gentle bittering in mid and final. Thin-medium body (a bit heavy for a saison). Tasty, but quite thick and heavy, and moving off in a new direction for a saison.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden yellow color with big fluffy head. Aromas of fruity hops and some funk. Tastes of light hops, yeast, hay, and some funk.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Older bomber from biergenot.be, cheers Davey! Thin but stable, egg-white, moussy head breaking quickly in the middle, over a warm, deep golden coloured beer with light orange hue, clear initially but misty with small yeast bits here and there as the bottle progresses and ending in a milky haze, with calm fizz dying out after a while. Aroma of buttermilk, persimmon, smokey overripe papaja, something sulfuric (probably yeast autolysis), dried lemon peel, fermenting hay, candied lemon, old sherry (the onset of oxidation, I presume), apricot, tomato, clove-like phenols, old cheese, mouldy orange, chicken spices, cigarette tobacco, toasted bread, mango, dry white wine, gin, old dry wormwood. Fruity, sweetish onset, some ’Belgian’ banana and gooseberry but restrainedly so, sourish undercurrent effectively balancing out this sweetness, hints of papaja and orange, softish carbo, slick and smooth malt body, caramelly with a bittering toasted edge in the end, enhanced by a spicy, leafy hop bitterness, yielding floral aromas retronasally and leaving a mildly but sufficiently bitter coating in the back of the mouth; caramelly malt sweetness lasts the longest, but there is a gin-like alcohol flavour far away at the back as well, which should not be this apparent in a 6.5% ABV beer, yet does not become wry anywhere; a lemon candy-like flavor lingers too, doubting between sweet and sour. Past its prime, that much is clear, but since 6.5% saisons should be able to survive some years of cellaring, this shows too many signs of autolysis already, with a less pleasant sulfuric effect as a result; I can, however, vividly imagine this being very crisp and quaffable when young (and more ’lively’ hoppy). Flavor is acceptable though, but, as with so many ’new generation saisons’ even in Belgium itself, I fail to see how this is a saison and not an ordinary Belgian blonde - it seems the difference, if any, has completely faded due to craft beer experimentation. Decent beer, but I think more carbonation and an overall ’drier’ profile would have make this qualify as a saison much more.
rumproasts (5048) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. hazy golden with one finger head. substantial coriander and clove with a light sweetness. some lemon notes. quite a hoppy finish with moderate bitterness.
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a pretty clean gold. Aroma is wheaty, fruity, light yeasty esters. Taste is only slightly funky with a lot of the yeast, ester, and banana notes I’d expect from a wit of hefe. Finishes with a grassy, perfumy fragrant bust. Not bad, but not necessarily what I would expect from something labeled as an American-style saison.
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a golden orange with a white head and aroma of yeast and lemon. Taste is of spices, yeast, lemon, bread and fruity notes leading a spiced, yeasty finish.