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.
mikeyo1 (141) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear copper brown with a white head and nice lacing. Caramel sweet and phenolic aroma with quite a lot of fruitiness. Malty taste with medium carbonation. Notes of dried fruit, sour red berries, caramel, some peppers, yeast. Drier nutty finish with hints of citrus. An okay brew but certainly not what i expect from a saison, its malt base is more like an altbier.
StevieT (529) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Dark cloudy red/brown, thin head, sharp fruity flavours linger with malt smoothness. I’m impressed.
chefseanjudd (28) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable beer but not at all what I have come to expect from the style.
Strong malt aroma and flavour, caramel sweetness and a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Almost closer to a dubbel than a saison.
As I said though, very drinkable and no doubt refreshing.
JorgeLee (1138) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, trying to try lots of different saisons before brewing one! 25cl bottles are a bit small I think for 5% beer. Oh it’s poured a kind of chestnut brown, tiny white ring of foam. Sweet, malty and fruity? Kind of thin. Bland. Quite a disappointment.
BDD89 (12) - young, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight, copper aroma. Pleasant medium brown appearance. Little to no head. Sweet, malty taste with a tangy "saison" aftertaste. Smooth carbonation.
s_hartshorne (1030) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bier huis ossett. Great ruby red colour no head. Aroma is caramel fruits. Taste is same some yeast slight sourness. Medium slight carbonated. Good stuff.
Oscbert (1006) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet honey Belgian candi aroma with light sourness and spice
Pours a murky reddish amber color with small bubbly white head
Sweet bready flavor with slight sourness that is well balanced with spice
Medium bodied with medium CO2, sweet bready finish
Well balanced, enjoyable sweet saison
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KeefOz (837) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
BB 14/06/14. Poured a hazy coppery brown with a white collar. Laced OK. Carbonation low with medium sized bubbles. Aroma of sweet caramel malt plus a slight sourness (?yeast). Taste initially quite sweet which was followed by a slight sourness. Light to medium body. Smooth, some sourness, and a bit sweet on the finish. Lower quality in taste to other Saison I’ve tried.
kramer (4858) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a rather dark amber body with a large frothy off-white head that had excellent retention. The aroma is rather sweet smelling with a little more caramel than I would expect for a Saison. Some interesting earthy notes as well as a fairly prominent yeastiness. The flavor is way too sweet and fruity to be something I’d seek out as far as the style goes. Not sure what’s going on with this one. The finish is especially sweet with some grainy malt notes. Light to medium bodied with a slight cling and very fizzy active carbonation. This is not my idea of a good Saison.
Gorm (1091) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkel lys brun farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av frukt, karamell og gjær. Smak av frukt, karamell og malt. Søt og fruktig. VP Madla.