Headbanger (2859) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 4/24/10 DLD Pours a hazy amber. Taste of yeast and malt. This was not bad but I was expecting more.
ryanfolty (1735) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 29, 2012 - bottle shared at Brettís tasting. Cloudy brown pour with head that faded quickly. Fruity, spicy and grainy in the aroma and taste.
jtclockwork (6890) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with overabundant frothy off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, earthy hops, toffee and caramel. Medium body.
arminjewell (5584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle thanks to Brandon. Gushed out of the bottle, but nice dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma has notes of molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, some nice slight funk, touch of tart. Taste is some nice green apple, molasses, dark fruit, some earth, toast, some slight yeasty funk, spices in there as well. Very layered and complex, lots going on but blends together well. Carbed a little high but overall works well.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of notalush. Cloudy brown appearance with a lively, tan head. Light candy sugar, caramel, toffee, wheat, citrusy, co2 nose. Citrusy, belgian yeasty, wheat, caramel malty, slightly tart, molasses, mild candy sugar flavor thatís a touch bitter on the finish.
Ratman197 (8836) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel, light fruittiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, carmel, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a crisp dry finish.
Beerman6686 (3719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a lighter brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was belgian yeasty characters, some caramel, and some dark fruit. Darker sweetness took over in the taste more than the yeast characteristic one would expect in a saison. Decent overall but nothing special.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, RBSG grand tasting. Medium off-white head, cloudy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some funk/sour, light raisin. taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin, funk. Medium body, some creaminess, light acidity.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBSG grand Tasting. Pours hazy amber with an off white head. Light sweet malty aroma with spicy yeasty notes. The flavor has spicy yeast, deep sweet malty notes, and toffee. Good stuff.
GT2 (7700) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a cloudy brune with a large, rocky, sheen, thick, tan head. Excellent retention and big lacing. Nose is red licorice and fermented dark fruits similar to Gouden Carolus Christmas. Lots of heavy Belgian Christmas notes. Taste is soft and malty with brown sugar oatmeal more akin to biere de garde. Very nicely bready and doughy. Sweet cherry comes through. Very well done and I guess itís a style that sort of defies logic: saison being bright and fruity and "brune" being rye, earthy, grainy, heavy. So putting them together really creates a biere de garde. Sweet and malty but not syrupy or cloying.