Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Head is initially large, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain / crackers, sourdough bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of pepper, minerals, autumn leaves, apple skins, straw, oak/twigs.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, velvety/fluffy texture, lively carbonation.
It’s hard not to be effusive about this one...this is pretty much tailor-made for me. I was a HUGE fan of Blaugies d’Epeautre back in the days when it was a world-beater. It’s still quite good these days, but nowhere near its former glory. Mind you, I’m not going to sit here and claim I can "smell the spelt". I have used spelt in breadmaking a few times long ago, and I also used to eat spelt pretzels (Newman’s Own) all the time, but I would never claim I could pick it out of a police line-up (by nose). But when I took the first whiff of this, Blaugies d’Epeautre *instantly* sprang to mind. And this is about as good as that beer was in its heyday...perhaps a tiny bit less complex, but we’ll see what this is like with another 6 months of bottle rest. There’s just something about spelt, I suppose, that’s really rustic, nostalgic, and nourishing to me, and it’s probably largely involuntary. And this couldn’t be too much better of a rendition of saison, really...super clean (and yet, again, very rustic...not to mean "wild" exactly...but very farmy), super balanced, super quaffable, tremendously rustic nose, wonderful mouthfeel, long finish...and I really could not find any flaws with it. It’s examples like this why saison has long remained my favorite style...to re-quote myself, saison is life!
KyotoLefty (6450) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ABS drinks. Herbal, flowery, grainy nose. Pot, grass, lemon, grains, biscuits, yeast. Deep, cloudy golden orange with a tall, fine head. Lemony flavor, lightly tart, bready. Light sweetness is balanced well by earthy, bitter hops and tartness. Light stewed fruit. Great.
Barrelbelly (638) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with large head that holds. Taste and aroma slightly sour with a bitter grassy hop aftertaste. Citus fruits and grassy hop flavours.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is complex grainy malts, very light fruit and spices. The flavor is complex grainy malts, mild/medium sweetness, fruit, a hint of milk/lactic acid and a tart/slightly sourish finish.
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a hazy light yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus yeast spicy fruits and hops flavor malts citrus yeast grapefruits pineapple spicy and bitter hops
Jerre (2672) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time tasted at brewey self with André. End of 2011.
After then tasted many times @ home from 37,5 cl bottle.
Hazy darkgolden/orange color with a great off-white head.
Aroma hops, somes herbes. Medium body.
Taste fruit, many hops, bitterness, like wheat (it’s speltbeer), grains, nice balanced, refreshing and "easy drinking" for a lightalcohol beer it’s great.
Like this form the first taste.
czar (4364) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap @ novare, portland. cloudy pale yellow, almost white loaded with yeast due to end of keg, some retention. grainy character, rustic, lemon peel, hint of sweet grains, very yeasty and earthy, some spices and quite intense flower bouquet. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, nice herbal-spicy finish. nice.
jstraw (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow-gold with huge, fine-bubble, flotsam head, fine legs / Delicate, acidic nose of orchard fruit, citrus, spice, grain, chrysanthemum / Light to medium body, acidic, lightly fruit with great balance, a hint of sweetness but otherwise very dry with fine, bitter finish / Elegant, earthy, complex flavors of lemon, apple, pear, banana, straw, spelt, coriander, hint of clove / On the lighter side, but this is a terrific summer porch quaffer.
VsXsV (2271) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy murky amber liquid with medium to big white head. Aroma of white pepper, lemon peel, bread, earth, grains and flowers. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of white pepper, grain and flowers. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice but not mind blowing.
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Amber with three finger head. Medium funk, but not too out there. Very pleasant flavor and easy to drink. Would be a great beer to introduce someone to the Saison style.