bhensonb (14077) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated on Sour Sunday. Pours very dark brown with a 4 finger creamy/foamy beige head. Sour oak aroma. Med+ body. Flavor is oaky/sour/citric barnyard. Excellent.
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small off-white head, clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour, some cherry, vinous, light funk. Taste is moderately sweet, plum/cherry, some sour, vinous. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CK. Low carbonation, deep amber to mahogany pour. Thin layer of foam. Bourbon nose moving to heavy golden raisins, super sweet grapes, and thick apples. The fiancee said it smelled like ice cider. Even moves to some sweet toffee and sweet cherries like Chinese Huangjiu or even types of fruity sake. Taste is clean, mild pepper, very little wine barrel character. Slight tannins and peppery Syrah in the finish. A bit too subtle to be picked out directly. Probably the most unique beer we had in the flight or 20 or so Sierra Nevada beers.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Huge sweet wine, wood and oak. Medium bodied, loads of wine barrel. Sticky, chewy malt. Lots more wood. Toast, chewy wood, funky yeast. A bit one dimensional but still delicious.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A vinous yeasty beer of some kind with strong barrel presence. Strange.
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Night Of The Barrel session
The look: Partly cloudy dark amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The yeasty nose moderately wild with strong barrel notes. Taste is barely Saison. The barrels and vinous character of the beer is what dominates. Sweet (brown sugar) with lots of grapes in the comeback. Not bad but it just felt “weird” and certainly not Saison. I wasn’t too crazy about it. That was my first sample at Extreme Beer Fest. This beer was a slow start for my EBF. But things got better, I picked-up momentum and soon there was no stopping me. Like I was some kind of beer drinking Toyota that should be recalled.
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Revolution. It pours a cloudy brown color. The aroma is tannic with lots of wood, sour wine grapes, citrus peel, grape skin and light red wine vinegar. The flavor has more tannins with cherry, wood and a mildly tart grapey citric finish. Very vinous and tannic.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Pepper clover tones with a vanilla accent. Bubble gum and candy sweetness dark furit with a mild vinous warming. Okay, but not as a saison.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple samples at NOTB 2010. Pours a very deep dark brown with some amber and almost violet highlights- a bit sticky head- some retention. Aroma is very nice actually- great saison yeastiness, good earthy salty phenolics, deep dark toast, light burnt nutty notes, light caramel sweetness and a very prominent wine barrel- light oak, light vanilla, medium wine notes. Flavor is fruity, estery, light Belgian phenols, sea salt, burnt and toasted malts, wine barrel comes through a bit much and takes over- almost feels like some wine was still in the barrel mixing with the beer- making it slightly juicy and oily in the end palate and it kinda gets a bit slick and the carbonation is ripped from the palate- strange palate and finish. Aroma lead me to believe this would be awesome, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a fair brown color with a short off-white head and some spots of lacing. The nose has a good wine-barrel presence, but that’s followed up with light acidity, including a bit of acetic acid. As it warms, a bit more red wine vinegar. Same for the flavor. Underlying saison was fairly nice. Dry finish after a medium body. Not a big fan of this one.
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2oz tasting at NOTB
Appearance : Deep amber with a small creamy head.
Aroma : Yeasty and fruity. Spicy. Lots of oak.
Taste : Spicy with lots of oak and some yeast.
Overall : Interesting stuff but not much a saison anymore. Oak has pretty much taken all the place.