KajII (799) - 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...
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8% bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a hazy copper orange with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is funk and brown sugar. Medium mouth with strong sugar malt, funk, light dryness.
10% bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a cloudy orange with large frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is earthy hop and yeast. Medium mouth with nice fruit, yeast, light dryness. Very good.
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This 750ml is the slightly augmented version prepared for the Rare Beer Club.
Appearance: Pours an altogether clouded, rust-toned brown body with a fluffy, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Stale bread crusts, modest amounts of lightly toasted nuts and sweet-scented caramel. Fruity melange alongside some funked-out vinegary notes with a distant hint of ash-covered blue cheese.
Taste: Bready, toasty base maltiness, scantly nutty with a small dose of sweet caramel and fast-moving tastes of apple juice, rose water, black cherries and tartish green grapes. Earthy spiciness of cinnamon sticks and ground pepper. As the initial fruity accents subside, a taste of fire-cured bitter orange comes in. Tart, tangy as well as funky with some vinegar elements. Brightly acidic and still very much tangy on the crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High level of carbonation.
Overall: Definitely unique, wild and interesting.
Beerathon (1413) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A truly unique beer. I get the Abbey dubbel qualities, the farmhouse yeast, wheat, and a bit of funk. Fun stuff, good stuff. Burnt orange with big carbonation that remains throughout.
DWestrick (459) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Typically avoid the Belgian styles as they’re not my favorite, but this was quite good. Very complex
jjgmd (1605) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With Z, pours a dark maple mahogany pour with a nice head. Nose is equally divided between sugary malt and sweet caramel toffee. Taste is sweet, with some citrus hoppy notes and spicy yeasty notes. Finishes sweetly with a combination of the fruits and spices blending nicely at the end. A sipper for sure ! Quaff score 8 / 10
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white head and aroma of spices and ripe fruit. Taste is sweet, lots of dried fruits, yeast, Belgian spices, and toffee with brett notes into the spicy finish. Complex, nice brew
Marheb (2756) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquide opaque, ambrée avrc une belle mousse laiteuse. Un intéressant hybride habité de marmelade et aux accents minérales profonds. Les malts de spécialités font un excellent travail de complexification.
Darkmagus82 (1911) - - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-10-13-
Served on tap in a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer is served a darker amber reddish color with a small off white head. The head fades rather quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is fruity and tart with a good level of funk. The fruity smells are mainly of a lighter fruit nature with apple, pear and some peach. Along with these aromas however is a tart and vinegary aroma with some hints of a sour cherry and yeast. Rounding out these smells is a funky haylike grassy smell producing an overall fruity and funked aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with the fruit that was detected in the nose. Apple, peach and pear flavors are complimented with a sour cherry taste and a bit of yeast. As the taste advances, some spices flavors as well as a bit of haylike funk nature. While these flavors persist to the end, the funk and sour cherry grow stronger and are accompanied by some boozy tastes. In the end, with an apple cider vinegar flavor getting more intense, a quite sour and fruity funked taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to above average. The slightly higher carbonation is rather nice for the fruity and funky flavors of the brew creating an overall mouthfeel that is very appropriate.
Overall – A decent saison that is worth a try if you get a chance, but is likely nothing that will totally blow you out of the water.
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super Belgian Strong Ale. I was impressed great flavors and the yeast characters were very pleasant. Super tasty. Nice coloring and finish.
JockPhillips (19) - - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ML bottle 2013. Dark orange rust almost earth brown pour with lasting medium head. Bright wild nose. Some fruit. Refreshing and nicely wild finish.