ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isnít as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isnít great, however.
S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, itís mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.
T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison thatís only let down by occasional overt sweetness.
M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. Thatís never good. Otherwise, itís easy to drink.
O: This oneís nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.
Chudwick (1782) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber vintage of 2013 into le Duvel - nose is crazy hay, floral and yeastie. Smooth and a tad flat. Just not doing it. Iíve been impressed with the last few of the Big Beer series bombers but this one is womp womp. Canít detect the high ABV. On the sweetish side.
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is lightly fruity with some light earthy wheat and pale malt. Doesnít smell all that dry or rustic. The flavor is lightly spicy with more emphasis from the spice than from the yeast. Just a little too heavy and sweet for my tastes. This doesnít really conform too well to my ideal profile of a Saison. Rather heavy and clingy body with hard fizzy carbonation. Too sweet, too heavy, and not my thing.
bubblehouse (229) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky golden color with a nice aroma. Really good saison and you can really taste the belgian yeast.
nealblind (509) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mid orange pour. aroma of wheat, sage, yeast tang. tastes barnyard yeast, herbs. nice dry finish
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
600 ml bottle. Pours a very cloudy pale golden with an orangeish tint and a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is very spicy, as well as citrusy and earthy. Flavor is very spicy, peach, nectarine and pear. Finish is earthy and lemoney. Lingering earthy, biscuit and banana flavors. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation.
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus, banana, and clove in the aroma. Flavor is fruity and spicy, with a little citrus bitterness and peppery spice in the finish. Certainly good, but not as good as some of the other big beers from Smuttynose.
DuffMan (6146) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimEís place in Calgary. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Esters of soft banana, spices, sweet candyish malt. Belgian blonde yes, Saison no. Disappointing.
Ferris (2002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Apricot, grass and and some light citrus with some spice. Cloudy yellow and a thin white head. Banana esters, grass and a bit if coriander. More like a German Hefeweizen.
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark yellow. Funky pear scent. Flat, dry. Pear juice without sugar. Sad. Good tasting. Good friends. Not so good beer.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color. White head. Sage, soap, wheaty nose, malty, but too sweet for the style. Really not that impressive but ok, though not to style.