OldMrCrow (1718) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Chuck’s.
Pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head into my tulip glass. The first thing that strikes me about the aroma is how bready it is; second, beneath that a mineral thing that recalls (but is not as intense as) Avril. Third, fresh-cut pineapple.
The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely, but with a late woody bitterness that comes on more strongly than expected from either aroma or style. Not a whole lot of funk here, so why is this so distinctly farmhouse? Speaking figuratively, there’s a barnyard dust to the early flavor profile -- killed, as it happens, in the over-hopped close. Less figuratively, the yeast-driven esters scream saison and leave the senses tingling with appreciation. Relatively lively carbonation matches well enough to the whole package that it’s relatively inconspicuous and I don’t see how it could be substantively improved.
Overall, a characteristically Stillwater beer, which I mean mostly as a complement. This is one where 750 ml was all too easy to drink and left me wishing for more; another complement. "Cantalan" a pun on Catalonian Cantillon? Or just a screwup? Either way, This is no ’loon.
tl;dr summary: Hop-heavy American farmhouse that would be a knockout at a sub-$10 price point. If only.
GBZ59 (983) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 750ml (gracias a J Binefa). Copa Flauta. Color pajizo brillante y apariencia turbia. La espuma blanca deja una fina, tupida y persistente corona. En nariz despliega aromas de corteza de pan, levadura, heno y hierbas, florales, pan y piel cítrica con notas ligeras de galleta redondeados por trazos especiados –también presentes en el sabor. Sabor de dulce malteado que precede a notas vivaces, florales y de delicado cítrico. Cuerpo ligero medio y carbonatación moderada. Paladar denso y picante. En el intermedio, leves notas de madera, recuerdos de Cava y albaricoque maduro. Final dulce y prolongado con retrogusto reseco.
1pt 9.4 fl.oz. bottle (thanks to J Binefa). Flute glass. Bright straw color, foggy appearance. White froth leaves a thin, close & lasting crown. Aroma profile displays bread crust, yeasty, herbal, hay, floral, bread & citric peel as well as light biscuit notes to the nose rounded by spiced hues –also found in flavors. Sweet maltiness followed by crisp, floral & delicate citric peel. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dense & spicy mouthfeel. Slight woody notes, Cava memories & ripe apricot in the middle. Long sweet finish & dried aftertaste.
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn bottle: This very Cantalan [sic] beer pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is farmhouse funk, subdued hoppiness, light fruitiness. Taste has slight hoppy bite. Dry, a bit chalky, finish. Nice Stillwater tastes are certainly there. L’Anjub as a brewery is nothing to mess with when it is fresh either.
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
> A phenolic, celery style wild yeast drained saison that had potential
[ Bottle ][ Max’s BBF ][ 375mL ][ Mini Imperial Pint ][ Free ][ 2/15/14 ]
>> Thank you nimbleprop for the share. Glowing straw gold pour. Great foam, overcarbonated perhaps. Nose is muted, celery, pear, grain, mint, honey, yellow apple, heavy phenols. Taste is drained, bubbly, harsh concrete, chlorine. Palate is concrete, harsh.
<!> overcarbonated, celery, phenols, drained, concrete, chlorine
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle pour at Max’s Belgian Fest 2014. Pours a very hazy gold with loads of active white head. Nose has lemon, grass, candy, hay, herbal, sweet. Flavor is grassy, lemon pith, chalky, a little lemon-lime soda. Slick, chalky finish. Solid. Very Cantalan.
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darky Peachy Color with huge foamy head. Very carbonated. Dry hoppy nose with a hint of funk. Hops Hint of pepper. Light body Very dry. Bitter finish.
Overpriced and not that interesting if i’m honest.
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at spuyten duyvil. Medium bodied golden pour. Dry herbal notes. Fruity easy drinking. Good saison
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy gold with a large, frothy and foamy, nearly effervescent white head, long retention with light sticky lacing. Aroma is black pepper, ginger, and earthy coriander, cracker and Pils malt with a light, spicy wheat note, light citrus hops with an earthy note, soft pear esters at the end. Flavor is heavily spiced, crisp and dry cracker malt, light wheat malt notes, very soft fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body, heavy carbonation, very lively with a prickly finish.
Theis (12759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Antiono’s - Thanks. Clear yellow/golden - white head. Spicy, yeasty, sweetness, acid notes, ok flowery, light light barnyard, bretty, some bitterness.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy yellow beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, malt, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, yeast, spices, and brettanomyces, leading to a dr fnish.