GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 > Top class bright and sour saison with grapefruit and tangelo
[ Bottle ][ bytemesis ][ 750ml ][ Trade ][ Reidel XL Pinot Noir ][ 4/20/14 ]
>> Pours glowing straw golden with lower foam, wispy lacing. Hill Farmstead type of aroma with more zesty clementine, mild rice vinegar, tangelo, fresh real grapefruit. Taste is bubbly up front, mild acetic bite, finishing clean and spicy with refreshing grapefruit juice, tangerine, sweet honey roll. As it warms it sort of drops from light acetic white peach to something lightly sticky like Valencia orange sections. Very Hill Farmstead through and through. Rather than HF’s house sweet cream butter and all lacto, this has a mild acetic bite that blends well with the citrus and doesn’t distract. Bright and refreshing in true saison form.
>!< mild acetic, hard to acquire
biggirlpanties (155) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2 750ml shared with GT2. Smells like fresh laundry, fresh air, honeysuckle, dough, super bright. Taste is orange juice, heavy peach, white dough. Gets much better as it warms opening up big time. Quenching in real saison fashion. Spend your time with this beer. I wish it were more complex, but it is bright and very successful putting to shame 99.9% of saisons out there.
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL shared with GT2 and biggirlpanties. Lower carbonation, clear gold. Aroma is like being in a grove of lemon trees, sticing your head into a white wine barrel. Lighter body, puckering sour, vinegar, grapefruit. Aerated palate, but much too sour for me. Lemon vinegar, takes 20 minutes to get rid of the aftertaste. Too sour and vinegary for me. Couldn’t drink this again.
dfroms (82) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by jbeatty, thanks! Pours a glowing hazy orange with white head that quickly subsides. Pretty. Aroma is gueuze-like with orange, apricot, musky honey, muskmelon, raspberry, oak. Taste is Chardonnay, mango, cantaloupe, light grain, stone fruit, lime. Lightly sulfurous. Effervescent but good body. Big flavors. Lingering lemon and oak. Really great beer.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Moll for sharing Batch 1 and Batch 2. Both served in a Sante Adairius tulip. Batch 1 has really nice tropical fruits with a bit of oak. Too much acetic creeping in, however. Batch 2 not quite as fruity heavy, but much less acidity. A beer to drink young.
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Triple Rock Brewing during Sour Sunday 2014. (my first one from this brewery)
Hazy golden with a small white head. Sour aroma and taste of fruit, citrus, some yeast and bread. Easy to drink. Quite tasty.
ineedbeer (554) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 2 from a bottle while at the brewery.
Aroma is fairly fruity along with quite a bit of fruity Brett character. Medium light oak character. Moderate citrus, light pear and red apple with moderate tropical fruit including pineapple. Light malt character and light acidity.
Pours a pale, cloudy golden orange with a thin white head that recedes quickly to the edges where it linger. Medium lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts with a medium light acidity and quite a bit of citrus and tropical fruit. Medium light bitterness and medium light oak character. Light malt notes. Medium light barnyard funk, most of the Brett character is expressed as fruit notes.
Medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low acidic based astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall another great beer from SARA. Lots of fruitiness with complimentary oak and funk. Acidity is well balanced and assertive but not dominating.
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from bottle at What the Funk!? 2014. Appearance is beautiful - hazy honeycomb with a frothy white head and good lacing. Super funky, lactic, lemony, a touch of urine, oak, grass, and pepper in the aroma. Taste is bright llemon peel, lactic, vanilla, somewhat cheesy, earthy, and woody with the slightest hint of spice leading way to a tart finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Pungent fruit flavors balanced nicely with sour and spice notes. Another winner from Sante Adairius.
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. One of the first brews that I went for at the festival. Pours a hazy golden orange appearance with a white head. Aroma is funky, lemon citrusy, a touch cheesy aroma with pretty lively carbonation. Really refreshing flavor. Bright fruits (peach / lemon / apricot) in the mouth. Moderately tart with some spiciness. Nice.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 1. Served cold and let come up in temperature. Duvel tulip glass. Thin lingering head. Aromas of oak, wood, apples, yeast, Unami, and lactic nuances... With more savory, yeasty, saline nuances expressed as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is fuller, yet refreshing, with fine carbonation and prickly, mouthwatering acidity. Dry and crisp. Flavors are reminiscent of cider, with yellow apples, tart crab apples, and oak spice, intermingled with a unique savory, saline, Unami flavor and metallic note as the beer warms. Simple, yet impressive. I imagine this will continue to age just fine. Not to many beers out there on this level.. One to follow.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...