jstraw (1880) - 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.
Ernest (6014) - 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!
Lukaduke (1675) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice pale golden color with a big fluffy white head and tons of tiny bottom rising bubbles. Aromas of earth, hay, round malts and a touch of spicy funky sourness. On the palate this beer is a clean medium bodied high class session beer. I really dig the beer both of these brewers make and this beer hits all the right marks. Starts off round and full of malts then quickly slides into a citrus peppery yeasty midpalate burst of flavor... only to level out into a beautiful earthy finish with a touch of bitterness...maybe noble hops ?
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some fresh cut hay and some light funky ester. Taste is a wonderful mix between some rustic malt notes with nice dry floral notes with fresh-cut hay and light funky notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Perfect mix between complexity and drinkability.
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of pressure behind the cork on this one. It almost popped itself off after removing the metal fastener. Pours with a gigantic white head that dissipates slowly.. It smells of hay and bread. Upon tasting it starts sweet with a slight grassy taste ending in light hop bitterness that lingers. Very earthy with lively carbonation. This is a great beer with complex, balanced flavors.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via StateLine.. Bright orange in color, hazy, murky and cloudy... Good head. Smells great... Classic saison characteristics. Very earthy, dirt, spices, orange peels with some lemon. Taste follows the nose... Lots of dry earthy notes, spices, orange, lemon, yeasty zest. Lots of carbonation but very soft on the palate... Super smooth, too easy to drink. Overall.... nice saison!
Jerre (2364) - 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.
wlajwl (3481) - 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.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Murky Golden Straw Hue, Passes Little Light, White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Funky, Lemons, Yeast, Grapefruit
T: Yeasty, Lemons, Corriander
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Very Yeasty, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Funky
Overall, this beer will not appeal to everyone but a very good saison with lots of pungent funkiness to it.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This beer looks and smells fantastic. Super cloudy light orange with big fluffy white head and lots of great lace. Nose smells like the perfect Belgian, nice mix of sweeter esters and dryness. Flavor is not quite as full, light bodied, grassy, zesty and mild pepper. Another great one from Bstill.