ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a reddish copper color. I like the head on this one: one fingers high, offwhite shade, and superbly creamy. Retention isnít amazing, though, nor is the body itself that attractive.
S: Ridiculously herbal. I wonít go into detail identifying all of the notes, so Iíll just say it smells like some utopian spring day. Allowing it to open up will reveal slight brett touches, as well.
T: Itís not as dry as I expected. Wheat malt sweetness (similar to a good dunkel) both opens and closes things - with the herbal qualities sandwiching themselves into the middle. Itís fairly piny, but not in a hop-derived manner. Also sneaking into the back end are some subtle brett notes. Thereís a good balance between the spice profile and the malts.
If the aroma made me think of spring, the flavor makes me think Christmas for whatever reason. Ah well, good brew.
M: The initial sweetness is cleaned up nicely on the finish, replaced by a prickly, lively sensation. I like the sweet/dry balance here: the sweetness simply balances out some of the potential harshness an overly dry finish could have created. Carbonation is very high, but thatís expected from a saison.
O: This one doesnít blow me away, however itís an easily drinkable brew thatís also mildly complex. Iíd gladly drink this again.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Slight gusher warning. Hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is cinnamon, ginger, som toffee, caramel and mild sweet fudgelike notes. Flavour is bigtime spices along with some sweet malts and tartish citrus.
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 750ml (bierkompass)
Murky amber color, steady beige head. Lots of herbs in the nose - heather is evident also clove-like aromas. Medium-bodied. Very herbal with some caramalt in the background, some tartness then lots of herbs. I am not fan of herb beers.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy medium brown color with tan head. Very floral aroma with heather, lavender and chamomile with some grassy hops. Fruit and spice flavor that is very flowery. Medium body with average carbonation. Strange but enjoyable.
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather enjoyable really. Hit it on capturing the essence in a bottle. Nice and floral, with bountiful grass notes, and a soft dirt hint as well. Yum yum.
berntholer (574) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
light beige head that disappears quickly without lacing. amber colour. aroma of cardamom and cinnamon. taste like aroma with a sweet finish. watery mouthfeel, thin body and quite carbonated. overspiced. bottle 33 cl / bbf aug-2017
rosenbergh (5595) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle without any label... I just have to trust itís the beer Iíve ordered.
Hazy mid brown colour with a small tan head.
Mint, spices, sweet malt and toffee in the aroma.
The flavour is sourness, herbs and malty sweetness.
Brandman (1759) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber body, white head. Aroma has sourness, lactic acid, Some caramel and spices. Flavour has quite a lot of sour Sorbus. Bit harsh and Not my cup of treat.
Bule (435) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours an orangey brown color without much head. A range of spices that over power the beer that don't sit well with me.
mverity (124) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is golden brown to tan in color, with a thick light tan head and above average lacing. Smell is sweet, earthy, and yeasty. Taste is fantastic: herbaceous, woody, with a roasted barley up front; leathery and tangy sweet; all while a honey/brown sugar/banana sweetness shines through. It seems to be too sweet at times, but the sweetness yields to an earthy/yeasty spiciness.
BeerBaboon (1373) - FINLAND - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is dandelion, heather, floral and spicy. Flavour is sweet, sour, spicy, floral and fruity. Good and a little strange.