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.
Ysok02 (204) - MOns, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe ambre foncée. Nez puissant sur des notes de caramel, de pain brioché, de croute de pain. Bouche à l’attaque épicée, riche et puissante, un coté carmamelisé marqué avec une finale finement acidulée et levurée. Une saison puissant mais pas très raffraîchissante.
donniemillan (74) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours orange brown with thin lacing, aroma of that Belgian yeast, very syrupy, tastes like fresh malt, grainy.
Alengrin (2928) - 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 (2870) - 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 (2365) - 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 (1353) - 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 (5611) - 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 (5652) - 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 (463) - 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.