49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A faily complex beer that presents a considerable number of unique characteristics. While all of the different pieces to this puzzle are interesting in their own right, the final result was a little exciting that I had hoped. Nevertheless, a fairly decent, albeit obscure brew.
I've yet to see this one sold in any style different than that of the white capped, 250ml bottle at 5%. Because of the limited quantity of this brew, I tasted it from the small Chimay goblet which filled up nicely 1-1/2 times.
Pours a deep amber hued brown color with a big, rocky off-white head. Lacing on the glass is extensive and the head itself never really lowered itself much less than 1/8" inch. Surface bubbles were extensive and quite large. An exceptionally dark brew which tended to be more brown than the deep amber color most have written about in the past. Very murky, almost like a deep brown Hefeweizen, yet lacks any significant amount of sediment.
Aroma wise it is a reminscent a many other complex Belgian brews but has a unique sweet and sour hit to it that isn't found in many other styles. Additionally, strong scents of aged fruit (ala Christmas cake), and some level of tartness are all detected. Although intended as a summer drink, I'm taking in this one in the heart of winter -- albeit one influenced heavily by El Nino.
Taste wise, this is a complex brew that has more sourness in it that expected. Definitely sweet at the same time with hints of caramel, fruit, and even a bit of toastiness. Strangely enough, this one reminded me a lot of Liefman's Goudenband and the Oudenaarde style of brown ales. Aftertaste is complex and very long, with the aftertaste hitting heavy like oils from a freshly smoked piece of Sockeye Salmon. Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff, but that aftertaste is definitely unique.
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 25, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours brown to orange with a beige head, aroma of fruits, honey, peach, flavor of fruits, caramel and peach, light bodied
SeniorZozo (810) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 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.
rune1002 (2) - Fannrem, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2016 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Litt mørk til å være saison synes jeg. Minner litt om en brown ale. Helt grei på smak og aroma.
Simonsen (1041) - NORWAY - JAN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske. Lys karamell farget. Lavt karbonert ingen skumtopp. Smaker brent sukker. Ingen typisk saison i mine øyne men god
Holmen2 (2562) - NORWAY - DEC 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle at Cardinal with BHK 22.12.15. Clear copper. Beige head and lacing. Moderate, but sweet aroma, with some berries and caramel. Simlar, and even sweeter taste, with syrup and sweet strawberrry jam. Moderate bitterness, berries, sweet malt and toffee lingering on.
Icedwarf (1096) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is fris licht zuur en licht zoet met iets van karamel, koffie en bessen. Erg goed.
sjogro (1904) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at De Paas. Lovely spiced and fresh citrussy sweet, bit of tart. Backlog from 2014/08/27.
kajser27 (1065) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red colored, medium creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet candy fruity caramel, some herbal notes and a bit of cardboard. Taste is medium sweet candy caramel, sugar, fruits, bit toasty, some cardboard and bit herbal, low bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Not really a Saison... or that nice.
kraddel (5639) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At horecabeurs 2015. Pours clear brown/amber. No real head. Smell is sweet and caramelly. Taste is sharp, bitter and caramel. OK, yet very simple. I’m looking at the bottle, completely puzzled why anyone would think of this as a saison ????
blackisle (1726) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 25cl. Clear chestnut brown, small frothy beige head, mostly lasting, good lacing; aroma is malt, nutty, brown sugar, dark fruits, bit barnyard; taste is light heavy to medium sweet, slightly bitter, malty, syrup fruitiness; medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste light bittersweet with light sour twist, light spicy/herbal notes; kinda crossover from saison to sour brown, very refreshing.