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.
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from John’s Grocery shelf, so it’s a shelf beer.
The beer it’s self pours a deep brown color with a decent head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sweet & malty, s’got some metallic character... perhaps some black pepper... real odd.
The flavor is sweet, and spicy, and tart... it’s got that odd unfermented candi sugar flavor that you get from some of the darker colored faros. It’s got some sherry character, that I would normally count as a strike against a beer, but it just sort of works with everything else here.
Such a strange interpretation of the style.
Cousin_Larry (188) - - NOV 1, 2013
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Now I see why this style isn’t popular. Has a brown sugar quality but it’s not good. Really a disappointment.
EddyBeer1 (569) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ambrée-claire, effervescence moyenne-forte à fines bulles de visu, légère au palais, col fin beige persistant. Les malts caramel sont bien mis en avant, suivis d’un léger fruité-épicé pour terminer avec une amertume moyenne. Une Saison décevante...
TempeCoyote (32) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle from Total Wine poured to tulip. Light brown with three fingers of foam with a careful pour. The head still is a finger thick 3/4 of the way through. Cookie like malts combine with tart, musty scent of yeast. Only faint hops.
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StilleStorm (224) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DAA; (drinking/drunk all alone) Pours dark brown, reddish. Malty, fruity aroma. Taste much the same, add some spice and sweets. Nice bitter finish.
77ships (3036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reading an article by Michael Jackson about saison’s I saw this one mentioned. This is one of those rare Belgian saison’s that predates the American–fuelled revival & interest in the style. Which sadly is far bigger than the interest in Belgium, not that many saison’s are being made in Belgium. American brewers make many times more saison’s than Belgian brewers do. Anyway… 25 cl. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems. BBF 30/04/2015. Pours reddish brown(?) amber with almost gone tanned head. Smell is a typical BE profile, very sweet, syrupy, slight molasses, syrupy dark fruits, very thick caramelized sugar and iron, it is pretty sweet smelling. Taste is very sweet iron, herbs, caramel, molasses, more bitter herbs, toffee, slight liquorish, more caramelized sugar & again iron in the finish, very sweet. Oily, sticky, slightly syrupy & less carb. Saison? What saison? This would be more aptly named Silly Dubbel & it is not a very good dubbel at that. Wow hope that this is not what saison’s used to taste like.
UDBeernut (1252) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours hazy mohagany with a large tan head. nose of burnt sugar, yeast. taste has toast, caramel, some pitted fruits. more of a light strong ale than a saison.
Bosbouw (573) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Licht buine kleur met een degelijk schuim. Ruikt zoetig en iets naar kersen. Smaakt erg zoet en kriek achtig. niet zo goed.
Abijen (897) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 Pours an orange beer with a good white head. Smells pretty sweet and that is it. Tastes way too sweet. Not my kind of thing. Low carbo. Thin body and a sticky texture.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange-amber with a white head. The aroma is grain and yeast. The flavor is more of the same, with some bland grain, yeast and grass notes. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.