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.
Cristobal37 (795) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2016
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Hazy brown, no head. Sweet syruppy malt aroma. Bad start. Nearly zero taste, just faint corn flakes. Watery. Horrible, don?t buy it ever. Bad syruppy garbage, not a saison, but a bad amateur garage beer.
BeardedAvenger (209) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 09/09/16. Bought from Savieur Biere (spelling??). Slight yeasty\boozy aroma. Treacle toffee brown. Some whisps of head. Sweet. Yeasty. Sugary. Raisens. Medium bodied. Slightly carbonated. Sour finish - pleasant mouthfeel, tingles on the tongue. I like it but slightly torn - is it a tad too sweet/sickly. Reminds me of Finnish kotikalja, a homemade non alcoholic malt drink.
Excalibur123 (358) - Soria, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vierte ámbar oscuro con buena cabeza de espuma beige y larga retención en copa, aromas a fruta madura , azúcar Candy , especias y chocolate; en boca entrada suave con sutil amargor, cuerpo medio ligero y alta carbonatación; débiles notas a caramelo, pos gusto maltoso con final dulce, cerveza fácil de beber, sin matices destacables y de estilo no conseguido.
Beertobealive (496) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - AUG 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with no head. Sour aromas of red fruits. Ruby to amber colored body. Refreshing in mouth with both flower and fruity sour hoppy flavors and balanced with nice light malts.
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rdb84 (558) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2016 Expiration 11/2013. Amber pour. A: dark malts, light molasses, little funk. T: follows aroma, faint licorice note, very sweet malt character. Sweet bitter development, brown sugar note. Dry, sticky finish. Still drinkable, carbo has left though.
zvikar (4134) - 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 (1265) - 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 mřrk til ĺ vćre saison synes jeg. Minner litt om en brown ale. Helt grei pĺ smak og aroma.
Simonsen (1117) - 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 řyne men god
Holmen2 (2873) - 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.