eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a tasting in "Sar Hamashkaot" in Ramat Gan, thanks DSG, bottle, pours unfiltered orange color with a nice head, sparkling, lemon and very hoppy aroma, sweetish and very lemony taste, medium body, bitter and sour aftertaste, lively carbonated, overall an outstanding beer with an extraordinary aroma.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap Vintage Estates. Pours golden color, nice aroma of citrus, fruit, and spiciness, nice mixture. Good tasting complex brew, interesting flavors of citrus, pepper, and sweetness, good balance, medium bodied, bitter dry finish, worth the try for a different brew. Consider a saison, definitely different, but in a good way.
Hair6a11 (1479) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a frothy pillow top white head in this tulip; the nose is like mineral water, lemon grass - and a light hop note - I didn’t pull it by myself but after reading the description - I get the new zealand hop note present after having a new zealand ipa - the flavor profile is bitter out of the gate; biscuits, caramel, a zesty hop note - with lemon grass and mild belgian notes -
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
65 cl bottle at Håndtverkerstuene. Pours muddy golden with a small, creamy, off-white head. Spices, maltss and clove on the nose. Sweet, acidic and bitter flavors with spicy and wooden notes. Medium to full body. Dry tongue. Light doughy texture. Pretty good stuff.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Craft Beer Co, London. Hazy deep golden color. Sweet fruity and spicy with orange, pepper, clove and herbal chamomile. Hefty mouth coating spiciness. Too sweet.
mansquito (5339) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Churchkey, DC 12oz ($9): Pours a hazy yellow color with a big frothy white head. Aroma is of a bunch of spice, nice floral hops, and the fancy yeast strain they use. Flavor is a pretty nice combination of the farmhouse yeast strain and the hops. Stillwater has a distinctive taste and that is certainly here. Some light citrus flavors are present throughout. Malt backbone is pretty average for a saison. Hop character is a little on the American side and adds a spicy punch. Yeast character is complex and spicy as well. It all works together.
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden rust. Delicate pour raises a proper two-finger head of lathery froth. Invigorating yet curiously one-dimensional nose of plasticlike phenolics and yeast (plaster, wet paint, Elmer’s glue). Highly "airy." Expressive black pepper and robust sulfur beneath it all, along with saltine cracker, lightly scorched wood, applesauce, and sharp but dull earthy herbal qualities. Snug, boisterous carbonation. Stark and brash, initially, with an overpowering phenolic surge. Drying flourish of sage ensues, intensifying the brisker edges. Fuzzily defined punch of hops deposits a chalky residue on the tongue, though intriguing hints of orange pineapple marmalade exude late. Underlying slickness and a chamomile-esque / Red Delicious apple peel tartness greatly overshadow much of the luste buried deeply within. Not especially polished or refined on the ester front either; what’s here is mostly dull and akin to mashed overripe bananas which does little to compensate for the limp body and obscurely defined malt. Alcohol generates noticeable gullet warmth. Finishes with a delicate rounded tartness intertwined with sulfur, Red Delicious apple, husky malt, and waning glimpses of banana bread and pepper-dusted melon. I prefer saison to be exceptionally clean and focused, which this doesn’t quite accomplish. Ultimately, this comes off as muddled and somewhat flawed (sulfur, overt alcohol, slickness of body, overripe banana, fuzzy malt, etc.) rendition. I always complain about our beloved Saison Dupont costing $9 per 750 mL bottle, but the $12 price tag here is laughable if not downright disheartening, even if this happened to be THE benchmark example of saison. A fun attempt, but I won’t ever be revisiting unless I see this for $4 or less.
gunnar (7871) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at Haandtverkerstuene, Oslo. Pours light golden with a tiny white head. Aroma of belgian yeast and spices. Taste is light fruity tartness plus a bit of pepper. Medium bodied. Ends very dry.
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 750 ml bottle, at Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. ABV 6.8%. Hazy deep golden colour, moderate white head. Strong spicy aroma, also farmhouse notes, hints of oaked cider. Spicy and fruity flavour, some acidity but not unpleasant. Decent hops. A good and interesting beer.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Beer temple, Amsterdam, 20/09/11. Brassy yellow with a dust of haze and thick Belgian head. Wow: huge waft of aroma mingling banana, pear, botanicals, the slightest whiff of farmyard. Bright floral beast sifted finely with spice, wine gummage, esters, lemon barley, peardrop. Soft, oozing condition, parsley citrus. So drinkable, without difficulty, lightly chilled. Thing of beauty.