Alengrin (2749) - BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Classic but ’deviant’ saison, in existence for seventy-odd years or so, proving the term ’saison’ could encompass more different beers than we now associate with it - and therefore interesting from a Belgian beer history perspective. Historically speaking, this fits the saison category perfectly for the simple reason saison could be most any kind of ’seasonal farmer’s beer’ back then. This one colours a deep bronze, misty, under a creamy and dense, yellowish white head; malty and estery nose, grapes, hazelnuts, overripe peach, banana, honey... Sweet and fruity taste on a soft, ’fluffy’ malt backbone, slightly nutty, a bit honeyish, yeasty with some lingering candi syrup sweetness, spicy notes and drying herbal hop bitterish finish with slight sourish touch. Unusual but ’honest’ and very enjoyable, I still regard this as one of Belgium’s classic beers, certainly from a historical viewpoint.
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Cloudy brown in color. Beige colored head. Sweet caramel and mild spices in the nose. Dark fruits, more residual sugars, caramel and mild banana bread flavors in the flavor. Sweet finish. Not much of a saison feel to it. Still the flavors came together nicely for me.
BrewBoxer (2261) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at shortys on Pearl NYC. Pours a brown red color with no head. Sweet malty with a hint of bready yeast. Doesn't really taste lime a saison
StueyD (1305) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mid brown-orange coloured beer with a frothy but weak white head. A mild sour aroma, malt vinegar and sour fruit. The taste is a mild sourness, a strange sweet and sour flavour, malt vinegar and caramel, slightly bready and pickled fruit, lemon and grapefruit. The mild tartness stays until the finish.
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Old rating rerated 16.01.2015, 0,33l bottle @ Royal Gourmetburger & Gin:
Small fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grainy, hay, wet grain, minerals, caramel, cereal, yeast, grass, toast. Taste is slightly sweet sour-ish, wet grain, sugar, minerals, harsh hay, sour grass, cereal, weeds. Little bitterness, harsh sour-ish mouthfeel. Close to a drainpour, and far from being a saison...
Stuu666 (4859) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy amber, nose is yeasty, sugary, taste is quite sweet, light spice, fruity.
Sledutah (5495) - Utah, USA - JAN 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up at Wilburs in CO
Pours clear dark amber with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit and Belgian candy. Taste is malty, dark fruit, caramel, bitters with a dry finish
Decent, but I wouldn’t want another one.
hohops (423) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber, with a solid white head. Aroma of rich dark fruit, yeasty, bready. Taste- vinous hints, dark cherry, sugary sweetness. A lot of flavour packed in for 5%. Good.
Bozo_skeleton (610) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ambrée assez sombre,belle carbo, collet moyen persistant de fines bulles.
Aromes a base de pain, et fruits noirs, quelques notes de cherry.
Vive de part sa carbo mais assez douce et mince, bien fruite sur la finale. Tire un poil trop sur le sucre pour moi.
GuideDogSaint (631) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle from BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours amber brown with a dissipating head. Musty metallic aroma of caramel, chocolate, nuts and spice. Sweet finish.