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.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Delirium Tokyo. Copper coloured, and quite different. Fruity berries in the aroma, maybe almost cherry. Taste is fruity and quite sweet. Doesn’t feel very saison like. No graininess. Quite sweet, caramel. Quite nice but a little too sweet for me to drink more than a small glass.
Japalo (1474) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bette Ølhus. One finger. Amber clear. Good carbobation. Herbal Woody spicy notes. Gentle fresh fruit. A little sharp finish. Fine.
Lore (1478) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful appearance of amber colour with ruby notes and huge, creamy beige-ish off-white head; aroma of grains, some grape, berries and floral notes; taste of roastedness, caramel notes, dried fruits, and some sourness; not a tylical saison, but surprisingly good
alex_leit (522) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle. Light brown color. Aroma: floral hops, malt, caramel and fruit. Taste: caramel sweets or candy, fruits, light hop bitterness finish.
yiannnos (1102) - , CYPRUS - JUN 20, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a usual saison. Brown colour, caramel and toffee aroma and flavour, light watery body
smmaaren (342) - NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours deep ruby witha small beige head. Aromas of fruits. Taste is slightly sour. This isn’t a silly beer. It’s good.
mrjez (71) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
L: pours a murky dark amber.
S: not much on the nose, mostly bready malt and a little pepper. Subtle citrus.
T: like the smell but with the citrus more pronounced than the malt. This gives way to soapy sweetness as the drink goes on.
F: has a dry sour taste, a bit tart up front.
O: started well but ended a bit messy. Almost a drain pour by the end.
jdjuice (453) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown-amber with thin white head. Not a color I expected for a saison. Aroma is kind of bready, yeasty. Flavors are relatively sweet, malty, maybe a hint of sourness, but seems closer to a bock due to the sweetness and color. Still drinkable and a bargain at 99 yen.
thirstyrabbit (1433) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper body, small head. Sweet and spicy aroma with prunes and juicy red grapes. Sweet fruity taste with fructose-heavy grape juice. Very faint tartness in the finish. Way too sweet and not my idea of a Saison - I wouldn’t prefer to drink this while working on a field in the hot weather. It’s more suitable as a dessert beer. Silly La Divine was sugary too but the sweetness had its merits there. I think cellaring this might give interesting results.
Marduk (3991) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Clear mahogany color. Tiny to almost no head, disappears. Caramel, sweet, malty, plums, fruity tones in aroma. Plums, dark rye bread, sweetish, malty in taste. Dark rye bread with plums in aftertaste. Soft carbonation.