GT2 (9343) - San Diego County, 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 it’s 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2011. Copper amber. Slightly sweet with notes of rye, carmel, and a bitter dry finish.
yespr (35031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and slight hoppy. Bitter and dry fruity. Ends bitter and slight fruity and bitter finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light and malty nose with notes of white wine, light apple and pear, and some cola. The taste is fairly dry, moderately bitter, lots of perfumy hops, peppery yeast, some apple skins and toffee. Nice.
Koelschtrinker (12655) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Würzig malziger, dazu passend süßer Antrunk. Im Mittelteil intensiver malzig, ausgewogen, wenn auch etwas trocken im weiteren Verlauf. Intensiv malzig, die Malzigkeit steigert sich dabei noch weter. Intensiv, wirklich gelungen! 12/12/12/13/8/12
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, thanks! A hazy dark amber beer with a huge, frothy, fully lasting beige head. The aroma is moderately malty, lightly hoppy, lightly to moderately yeasty, with notes of toasted/roasted grain/bread, herbs, basement, dried fruits, spices (perhaps cinnamon and pepper) and caramel. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness. Clean, but not very rustic for a Saison, quite complex and spicy/fruity, a little thin, but drinkable on the other hand. Interesting and good beer.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Dirty medium brow, a very light tan head... Aaroma is boring, caramel, light grain... Taste is better, reminds me of a dubbel, raisins, dark fruits, spice, interesting...
markwise (4769) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Cheeseman for sharing this at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours a dark red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, rye, fruit, caramel, and spices with hints of candy sugar and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with layer upon layer of flavor. Very enjoyable, medium-bodied saison.
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is almost clear copper mahogany, with a smallish off white head. Aroma is wheat malt, some yeast grass floral spice and a soft hay element in the back. Soft, pleasant nose. Taste starts off with a somewhat cloying sweet herbal (which I did not get in the nose), along with the grass and straw. Taste is interesting, but lacks some of the integration and softness of the nose. Palate is medium bodied with a nice soft natural carbonation. Nice one, thanks Eugene.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A toasted Belgian brown ale. Ok beer. Not much of a Saison
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 1 year of age.
The look: Dark amber body topped by a long lasting medium beige head
In long: Nose of dusty yeast, toasted wheat. Taste of very grainy malts, toasted crusty bread with caramel, browned bananas, peppery spices, banana cake, earth, brownies, dried dark fruits, barley candy, brownies, herbs, tobacco. Overall this was a bit harsh and amateurish. A Saison without a rustic character is like a boat without an anchor. That analogy sucks ass but you cannot have an analogy without having an anal and I’m pretty anal about my Saisons. I’d would really like to be able to make sense of what I just wrote.