Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, floral notes, a touch of lemon, and herbal notes. It pours hazy golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with a question concerning dose of sweet fruit and apples. The finish has light floral, Iron peel, and faint herbal notes. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a mostly clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up directly to the light. The aroma has an earthy, peppery, sort of grassy note that reminds me of other elderflower beers that I have had. The earthy note also plays up a cracker like and straw like pale malt character. There is also a substantial fruit character here in the aroma, softly citrus, perhaps a touch of pear, and other general, green, and ripe fruit notes. The musty notes and earthy character are substantially contributed by the fermentation character, as are the fruit notes, and even a touch of spiciness.
Effervescently carbonated, a bit prickly in the finish, and quite light bodied without being watery. Spicy, herbal, green floral, and perhaps a bit of that elderflower bell pepper character that balances a lightly cracker like malt character, and a finish that has a pear and perhaps floral grape character. Peppery notes, perhaps a touch of ginger, a bit of clove in the finish, and some spicy higher alcohols add a bit of bite to this beer. There is a touch of hop bitterness here, actually a tad more than a bit, but the beer still finishes with a bit of fruit character and a perceived sweetness.
This is nicely balanced, elder flower can get a bit overwhelming, but this manages to be held well in check so that the rest of the beer can be noticed.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Seattle. Cloudy pour, crisp white head. Spicy, wheat aroma, spelt is apparent, cocoa, vanilla. Mild malt, spruce, chocolate, a little bit floral. Sweet, perhaps a hint too much. Nice beer.
tectactoe (1524) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Golden, wheaty appearance, cloudy & muddled, capped with a fizzly, bone-white foam that sets up shop as a chunky, porous collar. Smells like a botanical garden; patches of flowers & freshly mowed grass. Floral, garden-like. Elderflower? Some minty clove, likely ester contributions from the saison yeast. Funny enough, yeast is the first notable flavor when taking a sip. Bubblegum, bread, clove, very ester-driven & spicy. Still, a huge floral background. Wet flower stems, botanicals, dew-soaked grass clippings. Makes for a nice, floral saison, although maybe a little over the top, as the flowery notes can wear down the palate somewhat quickly. Unique.
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled May, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden ale with a solid sheet of fine whites atop. Nose carries banana, some clove, a bit of honey, the elderflowers adverted on the label, some wood and belgian ale yeast, slightly sweet malts. Flavor is delicate and tasty with nice bread on biscuit malt, some bitterness, a little bit more elderflower, a slight sweetness from the yeast character and some other tones I just can’t quite get a handle on; maybe a touch of clove. Medium fluffy body with a fine low carb and a semi dry finish. A tasty beer, one I’d like to have again. That’s 2 for 2 for me from this brewery.
chuckstout (245) - Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of floral, hay and phenolics. Clear golden color with pillowing white head Little to no lacing. Slightly sweet and crisp with a creaminess and lively carbonation nice fruity finish
CedarGoblet (2) - USA - JUN 21, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light yet tasty, delicate aroma, great on a hot day for a mid bike ride break.