ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore. First thing I got off the aroma was nail polish remover and soy sauce so I was prepared to be disappointed. Beer improved on the flavor side of things though. Some malt and cherry notes maybe? Soy sauce was still there but not terrible. Kind of funky all around but not in a bad way. I’d try it again.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange. Belgian candy sugar meets old socks and vinegary wine sting. Flavor follows more socks. Really wild but i kind of dig.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep orange with an off white head. Scent is fruity with a sour hint. Taste is wheaty, fruity and earthy.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma with hints of toffee. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
Atom (1192) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle cork dated 2009 pours a hazy deep copper with a medium khaki head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spice, and malt. Taste similar to aroma has a dry earthy bitter finish. Wild yeast works well with the spice, nice.
johnnnniee (1954) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this bottle in my cellar for a year or more.
Pours a deep dark copper color with beautiful ruby hues when held to light, Huge bubbly white head sticks around forever.
Smells of sweet fruit and malts, I pick up cherries and plums mostly. Slight alcohol in the nose, but not overbearing. Taste is sweet with malt, touch of alcohol and slight phenolic barely cut down the malt sweetness. Honey, dark fruits, a bit of funk, some alcohol and a bitter finish. Carbonation is naturally high, mouthfeel is sticky/syrupy, body is medium. There’s a lot going on here, I really enjoyed this one. If I had to fault it I would say it was a touch sweet, but that could be me sitting on this bottle to long. Great Brew!
GT2 (7718) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is a cloudy raspberry tea color, very dirty deep orange. No head formation from the pour- fizzy tan bubbles rise and fall. The nose is baked apples, high esters, cinnamon toast, red fruits, cherry juice box. The taste is raspberry tea, bland and tannic with lemon. As it warms a hefty dose of spicy alcohol comes through with cinnamon waffle character. Palate is dry, powdery, fairly bitter and spicy in the finish. Candy and fruity in the aftertaste. Not saison in any form I know of.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Murky orange brown, no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma of sour orange peel and coriander, but no wheat. Taste is spiced orange with a hoppy finish. Delicious!
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a big beer that wears it’s weight well. Big aroma of watermelon. Fantastic. Pours brown with a light head that fades rapidly. Nice sourness on the tongue blends very nicely with those traditional Belgian yeast notes. Has some linger to the finish. Very nice!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL cork and cage bottle. Opens with a pop and a small gush, but didn’t lose much beer. It pours a much darker color than I expected-- fairly dark brown/orange/amber with a big orange-tinted beige head that quickly recedes but stays for a while because of the vigorous carbonation. The aroma is sweet and malty with some muffin, raisin, and slight toffee notes, along with some yeasty banana and clove. The flavor is malt and caramelized sugar with some pepper and clove spiciness. Some wood and alcohol notes follow shortly. The finish is raisin and whisky. Given all the maltiness of the beer, there is very little residual sweetness. The finish is quite dry and the beer is very digestible, as the Belgians would say. Definitely not a traditional saison, but quite a tasty beer.