vtafro (4318) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Golden hazy pour with white head. Spice, fruit and light funky atomas. Yeast, spice, fruit and Belgian flavors fill the flavors.
Ferris (6744) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Funk and light cheese with some light perfume and citrus. Cloudy gold with a nice white head. Sweet funky, perfumy and a long bitterness on the tongue.
mcberko (8269) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, pours a hazy pale golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out notes of honey, some farmhouse notes, and light spices. Flavour brings out spicy hops, farmhouse notes, and an earthy quality. Well-constructed, with a spicy finish. Decent, though not overly complex.
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour big rocky head. Aroma grassy hops barley. Tastes sweet and bitter, dusty honey. Good, but simple.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours gold white head. Nose and taste of dry lemon peel, earthy citrus, orange pith, dried coriander, dried buck wheat and spicy bread. Bone Dry. Medium body.
Maverick34 (2478) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold AT proletariat. Small white head. Yeasty flowery saison smell Yeast, light pepper and earthy hops
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hazy yellow color of a hot summer dawn breaking across the horizon. Lovely green hops, mint and the aroma of country fields cooling off after a hot summer day. The body evokes fresh cut grass and the countryside. Touches of breadiness and subdued yeast. A quenching, complex, yet familiar, journey recapturing summers past, all wrapped finely into a pint.
ibunited (7) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy effervescent which makes this beer very exciting. Very peppery in the nose but with a maraschino cherry aroma hiding subtly in the background. On the palate the tiny bubbles deliver a sharp flavor of peppery hop bitterness in a really nice way. The finish swoops quickly through sweetish cherry to finish with bitter hops.
OldMrCrow (2077) - 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 (1182) - 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.