DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still writing up notes from Dark Lord Day. Sampled from bottle. Without reading anything about the beer, the fellow tasters with me agree this has a saison impression, with a strong trail of lavender in it. Which you will either like or not. Cloudy in the glass, but I’m probably getting most of my samples from the bottom of the bottle. Light brown, with a thin ring of foam. Taste is of flowers and lavender. Very good stuff, what can I say.
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 fl oz (33 cl?) bottle thanks to and shared with sebletitje on September 15, 2011
Hazy honey color, bubbly white head. Spicy, sweet, alcohol scent; also floral, cinnamon, orange peel. Cinnamon, wheat bread, spicy taste. Spicy and alcohol with cinnamon, also floral aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Like smelling and tasting cinnamon roles before you put them into the oven. Sugary and cinnamon wheat dough.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from Struise beer shop.
Orangée, brumeuse, col épais, le tout ayant qcq flocons protéines.
Nez est superbement botanique et romantisé, des effluves de camomille, pointe de lavande et romarin avec un côté épicé de cannelle, le tout sur une levure rappelant la levure fraîche de boulanger.
Bière qui en bouge est un vrai régal, et est à la même hauteur que la Stone saison du Buff. Côté fleuri et herbacé avec des herbes de jardins et de cuisines, trouve camomille, du thym avec pointe de lavande fraîche où il ne manque plus que les sauterelles. Une bière allant sur la saison avec un beau profile de levure belge ayant une pointe d’épice. On voit notamment ce côté épais du blé qui se marie à perfection avec ce profile botanique.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours light amber with an off-white head. Huge heather aroma, grass, salt, flowers, pumpkin. Flavor retains the heather, the saltiness gets a little fishy, some smoke comes through, and there’s a fruity, fusely finish. Strange. The brewers set out to make a saison reminiscent of a breezy meadow but it doesn’t really come close.
alexsdad06 (8700) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is floral heavy up front with the lavender and chamomile highlighted. Additional notes of yeasty sweet bread, grass and a hint of lemon zest. The flavor has a moderately sweet, yeasty, bready malt base. The floral and herbal components are quite noticeable. Hints of lemon and spices work their way in and out. This was a nice beer, but not my favorite from this brewer.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden colored brew. Yeasty aroma, citrus, spicy. Flavor is light bitter, some spices and yeast. Citrus. Ok beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. The pour yields a hazy, medium-dark, orange-amber colored body with a moderate, dense head of smooth off-white foam. The head settles to a millimeter tall blanket for a while, then slowly reveals just a thin surface film. Suds mainly creep back down the glass, leaving no real hard lace. On the first whiff, floral and botanical notes leap from the glass. Chamomile and lavender are immediately identifiable, wafting their potent perfume throughout the air, even at arm’s length. Diving back in through the floral intensity, one is left with a malty base of dessert bread dough that is just starting to bake, fresh wheat, and a dash of vanilla sugar. Remnants of mildly grassy hops seem to have all but faded away completely. The flavor seems a bit more seasoned and spicy. Though I know it is not there, I get a slight hint of ginger root to accompany the camomile and lavender. Some mintiness also comes in from the heather, as do some general pepppery notes. The malt base is sweeter than I’d like, again showing young, fresh bread, wheat, and cereal notes. Attenuation could be a little better. The palate is substantive, a little too sugary, and lively with carbonation. After the swallow, the spices intensify, and I’m left with a bitter, quasi-floral-clove flavor that I’m not a huge fan of. This beer reminds me of Southampton Saison des Fleurs in a number of ways. Unfortunately, it seems more like the recent contract brewed examples than the magical stuff that Phil Markowski used to make on the island. Considering my lofty expectations of Brian Stillwater, I’d call this one a minor disappointment.
jtclockwork (14586) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange. White head. Nose/taste of orange peel, flowers, lemon grass, Taste is the same with some herbal finish. Medium body.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma is very floral along with dandelions, heather, grass, and faint lemon peel. It pours a transparent golden orange with a small white head. The flavor starts very light with a quick dose lemon grass. The finish is very herbal with some faint grass and dandelion. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too herbal for me.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im a straight up sucker for the lable work on Stillwaters beers - and this is no exception. Great job. A result of a travellin mans encounter in Belgian. Got to be interesting. The pour is dark amber with a nice potent white frothy head. The nose is nicely spiced with different herbs and spices. The weat and the grassy hops stands out, but also rosehips and melon - maybe a bit perfumic, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is light and lively with a rather sparkling attitude due to a pretty high carbonation level. The taste matches the aroma fine, at you get some of the same impressions. The taste is mild at first but grows in your mouth and gets massive in the finish. Its pretty yeastie with a little cinamon, anis, cardemom. interesting beer.