GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 750mL sampled at Shenandoah Throwdown. Whoa whoa whoa. Not really a saison- more like a full-on American wild ale. Reminds me of Temptation and Cable Car. Huge Brett in the nose creates a white wine (chardonnay) and bleu cheese funky complexity atop lactic sourness, pears, oak, pineapple, peach, cotton candy. Taste is lactic sourness, thick lacto, yogurty, light/tropical fruitiness, citrus peel, grapefruit flesh. Fat, yogurty palate. Awesome. 6/28/2010 9/4/9/5/15=4.2
750mL thanks to douglas88. The pour is a cloudy, light yellow glowing with a thick, white head leaving sheety, complete lacing. Nose is quite awesome: doughy and Bretty with sweet pineapple, sour peach, and green pears. Taste is similar to RR Temptation: mild lactic acid, chardonnay fruitiness and tannic bite, mild lemon, full sour peach, fresh sourdough to add balance. Very soft and yellow fruity. Starfruit comes to mind. Beautiful all around. 7/17/2011 8/5/8/5/16=4.2
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was perfect. Fresh, haylike, lactic, grassy, herbal, tingly, a monster. The greatest aroma ever. The body was really spritzy, just highly effervescent, but not overly so. Color and heft of the body were good, a little heaviness in that the pour wasn’t perfectly clear (though I waited a week before opening). The flavor had lactic sour elements. This is clearly a wild saison, but just clean as heck and natural too. Flavors were slightly sour then slightly sweet in the finish. Great beer, thanks to Douglas88.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Saison? Probably not.
Aroma is lacticsour, wheaty, lots of brett, and funkiness. Wow, an incredible aroma. Very similar in it’s lactic qualities to Fantome Pissenlit.
Taste is moderately sour, lots of brett and funk, and wheaty.
Finish is lactic sour, wheaty, barnyard, and refreshing.
Great imperial-berliner-that-had-sex-with-a-sour-ale-and Wow!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of footbalm. Clear somewhat bright yellow, nice head, tiny carb bubbles. In your face peach/apricot combo, hints of oak. Flavor much the same, fruit character is nice and juicy, slight sour and tart, really well rounded. No hint of alcohol whatsoever, 7.3%?. Lively mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Really impressed.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma is floral, moderate lemon, funk, yeast, and light must. It pours a hazy gold with lots of sediment and a small white head. The flavor starts citrusy with moderate lemon. There are some faint vinous notes in the background. The finish has moderate funk, increased tartness, floral notes, and a hint of wood. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle…This beer rocks!... Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aromatics are funky, fruity, bready and moderately acidic. Medium to full-bodied and mildly creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is funky, lemony and fruity with lovely components of pale grains and funk. Finishes tart, funky and lightly dry. “Great” saison or “Great-est” saison?
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to Orlando crew. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Nose was citrus, bready, and yeasty. Flavor was citrus, sourness and get hints of apple and fruitiness and slight funk.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by Maxxdaddy. Pours a hazy toasted golden with a nice foamy white head- diminishing slightly. Aroma is big oak and vanilla right from the start- some wine character, lots of American oak butteriness (not diacetyl though)some lihgt funk and fruity white wine- chard and sauv blanc with some spice and grapefruit as it warms it turns more to a torrontes- has a funky sourness and lemon citrus tart as it warms. Flavor is a bit more funky and not quite as much oak which is good- as the beer opens up and releases more grape notes, more funk, more wild fruits, almost seems like a castleton in its funk, orange pez, citric and lactic acid, and woody tones- has some whiskey notes as it warms, funk tart green apple, with an earthy and leather finish and more fruit. I think this was pretty good but it was WAY too much American oak all around and that kinda hurt the beer and covered up some of the subtleties while allowing out oak, vanilla, tartness, and some funk. Pretty tasty beer, but not even close to living up to the hype of the first batch. I think this was the second release? So I bet the first one was pretty damn good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden, medium head. Nice sweet and sour with a fruity yeastiness. Finish hints at raisins, sour cherries.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) opaque yellow pour with a ring of bubbles. Nose of sour cherry, wet oak and funk. Taste of sour tangerine, apricot, wet barrel with a great tart linger. Nicely carbonated. This beer is hugely refreshing. Excellent.