rougeau13 (2597) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber-brown. Fluffy eggshell head and sparse lacing. Aroma of toast, bubblegum, and pear. Taste is yeasty and a little sweet with a very faint metallic quality. Bubblegum dominates above all else in this one. Medium bodied with high carbonation.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown-orange with two fingers of coarse, pillowy off-white head. Decent retention and thin lacing. Aroma is sour/lactic on the nose, with sour grape and pear tones, slightly vinous. Smells like a saison, looks more like an abbey double. Flavor is mildly tart up front, fading into mellow stone fruit, fig, and apple. Finishes with bread/dough tones and slight caramel malt and oak. Subtle alcohol is detectable in the finish. Soft carbonation, medium body, and a smooth texture. Somewhat dry finish. The natural fermentation and added wild yeast give it a well balanced, mild tartness. The saison and wild ale characters dominate over the double flavors, and the alcohol could be toned down a bit. Overall an interesting, intense and tasty beer.
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Naples. Huge pressure behind the cork on this bottle. The pour’s a hazy burnt orange amber color with a massive off white head. The nose is orange, dusty basement, belgian yeast, wet grass. The taste is slightly spicy orange rind, some berry, plenty of wild saison yeast flavors. Notes of caramel and rich spices. Notes of barnyard. Heavily over-carbonated palate. Prickly carbonation dominates the mouthfeel. Overall, a bit of a mess. This is out of control.
mcberko (14411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL bottle, sent from Codysjb (thanks a lot, Cody), pours a hazy dark, dirty amber with a giant beige head. Nose is like a cosmetic department of a Sears, with perfume and chemically qualities. Flavour is very strange, with paint thinner, perfume, yeasty tones, and very dry dark fruits. Very carbonated, but fitting for the style. Not sure how this qualifies as a saison - it’s a big chemically mess, though not entirely undrinkable. Not at all recommended.
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sourness, dark fruit, figs, and a hint of citrus on the nose. Pours a cloudy apple cider amber with a mostly lasting off-white head and moderate laciing. The taste is a bit of sour funk, some bread, with green apple and sour cherry notes. The finish is earthy and dry. Light bodied, crisp with high carbonation…as soon as I released the wire cage, the cork tried to rocket it’s way through my ceiling! Overall, complex and enjoyable.
NordicV (1946) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Efter att ha överlevt attacken från korken som flög upp i taket hällde jag upp den grumligt bruna ölen med ett litet och snabbt försvinnande skum. Doft mer av en suröl än saison och dubbel. Äpplen och viss jästighet. Samma i smaken med en otrevlig bismak av klister som dök upp då och då.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky cranberry brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that dissipated so fast I had trouble capturing it in a picture, and it basically possessed no lacing at all. Also when I released the retainer on the cork it shot out all on its own, WOW that’s what I call carbonated.
The aroma was nice and tart right off the bat with a strong Brett yeast presence and a big note of ripe dark fruit (grapes, plums, and raspberry) and a slight hint of caramel.
The taste was exceptionally tart with a bold sweet fruity presence throughout, and then had a funky yeast taste work its way into the mix with a mildly sweet and sour fruity ending. Flavor lasted only a short while following the swallow, with the fruity sourness fading quickly leaving behind a slight metallic taste.
Mouthfeel was light in body and very dry in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation.
Overall this is one fantastic Saison with a nice sour Brett yeast presence; in fact I have never tasted anything like it to date. I will definitely be trying anything that this brewer puts out...
robforbes (2182) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a cloudy dark amber with a very, very, large tan head, above average carbonation, and good lacing.
smell is yeast, caramel, malt, and a touch of spice.
taste is creamy, malt, maple syrup, a touch of spice, and dark fruits. ends thick.
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells sour and malty. Slightly sour with raisin and earth. Very highly carbonated. Overall very tasty.
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle, at Deerfield Beach, FL. Got at the beer/bottle store in Pampano. Copper color, lucsious carbonated head. Lively. Aroma of coriander, slight orange peel, belgium yeast. Medium sweetness. Slight sour taste. Slight funky finish. Clove tasting. Ripe fruits Medium bodied. Slight alchohol finish. Not bad