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...
Derek881 (1047) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a full-sized bottle into a Saint Somewhere small glass. The beer had a copper rust color with a slight amber-red hue and a very large foamy off-white head with good retention, and more average lacing and cling. The beer had an aroma of straw, cherry, grassy and herbal hops, and a good bit of floral and yeasty notes. The taste was a somewhat sweet and fruity cherry flavor with a floral component and also an underlying grassy bitterness. It was very carbonated and dry with a thin mouthfeel and dry after-effect.
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Purchased a 750 ml Bottle at Whole Foods in Tampa, FL about 3 weeks ago. The cork says it is a 2013 vintage? It sat around that long? Very dark Amber color without much head. The aroma is very herbal and yeasty. The flavor show a bigger yeast profile with tea leaves, mint and mild notes of alcohol. The bitterness is lingering and herbal. Body is medium with an unpleasant after taste. This could fair better if fresh. I thought I was buying a current vintage, oh well.
AdamChandler (3515) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 cork. weird. Dark brown, golden orange, 1 finger head. huge cork pop. old beer...might be amazing?
Smells like mint leaves and burnt malts and a lot of sugar. Tastes like chicken broth, mint, very bread-like yeast. Honey and some ginger. pepper. interesting. not really falling off that much.
williamherbert (1377) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a goblet full of deep red-orange in the shadows, glowing prune juice orange in the light. Cloudy look, not a ton of head but it flowed from the bottle like nearly unending, bubbly lava.
The yeast aroma is absolute funk: slightly sour, slightly tart. A hint of blood orange
The combination of yeast and malt create an earthy mix in the flavor. Some grapefruit, some doughy bread.
I’ll be honest: I’m not sure this beer is tip-top, but despite its flaws, I know what it was going for.
djd07 (5885) - 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 (4505) - 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 (1536) - 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 (467) - 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 (1673) - 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 (1599) - 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