DrSilverworm (8541) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Shared with friends over a game of Catan. Totally hazy red orange color. Thin khaki head. Some loose dots and ropes of lace, nothing sticks. Medium to bigger body. Soft, kind of sharper carbonation. Gets smooth after a chance to mellow out, though. Finishes dry. Bigger bitter taste, lightly spicy. Nice dark fruit, belgian yeast, light spice aromas. Kind of peppery. Maybe a very light bit of tartness to it gets more noticeable as I go, not really "sour" though at this point. Solid, interesting saison.
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark orange-reddish color with a large head that disappears quickly. Smells of some fruit, berries. alcohol. Taste is tart, with a lot of fruit and alcohol finish. Not bad but the tartness takes over in a not-so-good ways.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep ruby, two finger off white head
Smell juicy, light tangerine, tangy, peach and earth, strawberry
Taste very light tart, bretty, bit of hops, strong alcohol, very carbonated
Ok I guess
jcnielsen (2585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing the bottle. Pours a hazy orangish tan color with white head. Malty, slight nutty, caramel, funky aromas. Very tangy, caramel, dusty, yeasty flavors. Not a huge fan of this one.
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to Dr. Owl for sending. Pours a murky reddish orange appearance with a cream colored head. Candy sugar, orange candy, spicy funky yeasty, slightly spicy cinnamon aroma. Tangy tart grape/vinous, black cherry, caramel, funky yeasty flavor. High carbonation. Doesn’t blow my mind and kind of a creative idea but not my favorite. Shows a bit of age.
kidobutai (514) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange unsettled look. Small head and no lacing. Smells like fingernail polish. Doesn’t taste as bad, but wouldn’t try it again.
Luvystypotables (1057) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large head dissipates quickly, caramel colour. Aroma of acetone, yeast and raisins. Tastes of raisins with an acetone palate.
mike5326 (1133) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Hazy orange color, large off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Grape and finger nail remover smell. Wild yeast and grape and alcohol flavor.
JBPortland (1183) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle hazy chestnut brown big 3 finger head. Nose is tart, cherry notes, musty, lacto, soil, earthy. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and extremely carbonated, a bit too much. Taste is musty, earthy berry, spices, nutty, dark fruit notes. Finish is tart, grains, fruity, spice, bready. Some decent flavors trapped in there but overall pretty messy. Just OK. (From 10/30 notes)
ineedbeer (1218) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has some light caramel and toffee notes with a moderate amount of candi sugar. There is a hint of toast with some sherry oxidation. Moderate prune, raisin and plum notes with light cherry character.
Pours a fairly cloudy amber brown with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts fairly sweet with some light caramel and toffee as well as candi sugar. Faint hints of darker malt character appear but quickly disappear leaving behind a ton of fruit notes. Lots of prune, cherry and raisin as well as a strong vinous sherry note. Slightly tart finish with a moderately strong alcohol spice. Lingering light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Medium low astringency with medium alcohol warmth.
Overall not a very enjoyable beer. I don’t get any Saison character unless its the slightly acidic and vinous finish in the flavor. Super strong Belgian fruit notes compared to everything else. Lots of oxidation character as well. I am sure the age has something to do with my opinion of this beer but it also probably wasn’t great when fresh.