Beersiveknown (2876) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Valhalla’s goat.
hazy pale blonde with white lacing. Dry, savoury, marmite, yeast esters and black pepper on nose. Moderate carbonation, light, floral, custard, touch of vanilla maybe slightly oxidised papery.
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden pour with white head. Spice, yeast and sweet aromas. Light citrus, yeast, herbal and spice flavors. A little over carbed, otherwise very nice.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A floral ale not a million miles removed from a saison. Quite a subtle beer and very sessionable. Intriguing appearance: pale gold with extremely busy champagne-like carbonation and a fat head that stayed better than Phar Lap. Unsurprisingly, the aroma is decidedly floral - hibiscus, presumably, although my knowledge of flora is half-baked at best. Very grainy, almost wit-like, with some Belgian yeasty notes. The nose is too restrained to really excite the senses. Medium-bodied and soft in the mouth - not at all prickly considering the visible bubbles. Very rounded flavours - grains, violet candies and faint dried fruit with just a hint of sourness and blue-cheese funk to disrupt what might otherwise be a tad bland. Artisanal indeed. (375ml bottle from Leura Cellars)
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle pours hazy dark orange with a finger of head. Nose is musty bready grain, yeast spice, apple, floral citrus. Taste is bready malt, grain, white wine, apple juice, light spice, soft yeast. Finish is dry bready malt, yeasty spice, white grape juice, apple. Ok I guess, but I don’t really know what this beer is trying to be. Underwhelming.
DocJitsu (907) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky, wheat-golden with a white head. Mead-wheat nose. Full body with a light scrub. Pleasant. Much more sweet than tart. Beligany, wheaty, and easy-drinking.
Ferris (3887) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Funky lemon, herbal and chalky. Cloudy yellow gold with a decent white head. Funky yeast, fruity banana esters, light citrus and spice. A wild Hef if anything.
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to IPA glass
Celery, apricot, peat, lemon, green apple or cider, and funk. Amberish yellow with a bright white frothy head with lots of lacing. Wheat, cider, grass, and funk. Well, that’s smell, sight, touch and taste done, and throughout, I’ve been listening to Lower Dens. A bit strange...but that won’t affect my beer rating.
Spab (2353) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a murky dull golden colour with large, dense white head. Aroma is effervescent fruitiness, flowers, light spice and grains. Flavour is quite fruity with apples and berries, lots of floral character, grains and a little hibiscus and white pepper. Lively carbonation. Interesting one.
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity and great balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body under a one finger fizzy white head that had decent retention due to the vigorous carbonation. The aroma is fairly floral with some wheat and a little yeastiness. The hibiscus is certainly there, but it’s not quite as fresh and huge as it might have once been. The flavor is more towards the wheat and yeast up front, but the nice delicate hibiscus floral flavor dominates on the finish. Pretty nice beer, the flavors are fairly complex, yet it comes across as fairly simple in it’s entirety. Lighter bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. Interesting beer.