zgaier (1794) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a copper brown with a tan head and aroma of fruits and light spices. Taste is of fruits, spices, yeast, malt, caramel, and bready notes leading to a fruity malt finish.
arminjewell (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks to TheEpeeist! Hazy dark red pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought notes of big spice, clove, some slight earth into dark fruit, some slight cherry, hints of toast, and berry, some yeasty notes. Taste was a mix of dark fruit, lots of spice, earth, some slight yeast, bread, toast, hints of red berry, finishing very spicy. Pretty tasty.
Turtles (1188) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Nice deep mahogany with a large egg-white head that drops quickly and leave good lacing. Nutty aroma with dark dried fruit, figs and gingerbread. Mild carbonated, dry and woody mouthfeel. Spicy taste, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, floral hops, bubblegum and mocha. Good balanced seasoning that does not let the spices take over too much.
Jokestereo (155) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark hazy brown with a medium nougat colored head. Aroma; Dried fruits, plumes, resin, yeast, malt, some toffee, herbal and earth notes with some alcohol coming through in the end. Flavours; Dried fruits, resin, foam banana flavour from the wheat, malt, bread, herbs, orange and a little watery in the finish.. Not the best belgien ale that I’ve tasted by far..
Linnet (1441) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy, perfume, jam, dried fruits, yeasty, esters, herbal hops.
Ruby colour, medium beige head.
Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, earthy, straw, dried fruits, ABV well integrated.
Medium body, lively carbonation, sweet finish
hirigalzkar (2675) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Farmhouse ale? Nah. A good and interesting beer? Yes. Notes of belgian yeast, dark malts, chocolate and orange. Hoppy.
ttoadee (1110) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy amber pour, steady finger of light tan head. Nose is yeast and spice. Bittersweet. Middle is leather,earth, anise, caramelized grain, unripe stone fruit. Finish is dry with a hint of toffee. Good beer.
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2015, drunk 11/20/15.
Chestnut-tinted mahogany liquid shows moderate to moderately-high clarity. Dark beige head atop is initially full but steadily recedes to cover.
Nose is heavily beany. Like canned pinto or black beans. Not terribly inviting, though some dark fruits and buttercream-like malts do break through. Certainly not the first time I’ve smelled that and it won’t be the last. Some interplay on the yeast and dark malts? I really dont know. It does burn off somewhat, with breathing, but it leaves behind light bubble gum esters, more dates and raisins and a hint of chocolate, that’s not too compelling, though certainly has some similarities with Belgian amber/Belgian holiday ales (that softly sweet bubble gum and plum nose). No alcohol, anyways.
Much better in the mouth, as the carbonation is fairly tight and the malts supple but still fairly well-attenuated, leading to a flavorful, malty but fairly crisp finish. Raisins, plums, light milk chocolate and nuts abound. Only a bit of bubble gum and banana with little clove. Not my favorite from Brian, but it’s certainly respectable.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Hazy amber in colour with a large long lasting off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of spice, light alcohol, toffee, malty, yeast. The flavour is lightly sweet, some caramel, bready, malty, light spice. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, spicy, yeasty. A very nice belgian. Good balance with just a hint of alcohol.
BillKismet (3658) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany amber with a thick poofyish, off-white top. The nose exudes amber malts as well as gently phenols, chocolate clove, and more to deliver a bouquet more typical of a weizenbock.The flavor is a mix of Belgian yeast, sourdough, and some wheat. A touch soapy on the finish. Overall, not really saison-like, but rather a mishmash of several German and Belgian styles.