obguthr (3750) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong pear and funk aroma with grass and peach accents. Hazy amber, effervescent, thick yellowish lacing head. Funky and herbal on the front end with pear at midpalate. Rosemary, thistle, and cedar notes are prevalent throughout. Finishes with pale malt. Alcohol is detectable but nicely complimentary. This is certainly a different kind of saison, but IMVHO, one of the absolute best. Nearly perfect!
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy, sour, tart, fruity nose. Palate is slightly fruity, slightly sour, with a spicy finish. Pretty darn good.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binnyís South Loop. Pours and attractive and mostly clear orantey bronze. Huge effervescent head. Nose is dusty, slightly phenolic. Some rubber notes then spicy aromatics. Hops are quite present as well. Some sweet grain notes as well. Hmmm. On taste, there is straw, a slight tart note, but mostly phenols. Pleasant bitterness. This is kind of a mess and Iím not sure why itís so highly rated...
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Hazy golden color, big off-white head. Aroma of soft hop. Bit dry, light cheesy. Hint of tartness. Clean finish.
Vaiz (3315) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fruity, spicy, some Belgian hops and some alcohol. Flavor is slightly sour, somewhat hoppy bitter and somewhat chemical. Thick body and lively carbonation. Ok brew.
dEnk (3770) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 Bottle @ meeting. Aroma is fruity, light swamp/ feet, some spice.
Flavour is thin, fruity, malty, some spice. Good brew, just not very interesting.
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a bright light orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with dry floral notes form the hops with some light funky yeast notes also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some funky notes with floral hops and dry aftertaste. I thought the malt bill was great if maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste. Body was full for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed and something I would seek again fro sure.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber with a nice, lasting white head. Smells of hay, perfumy, citrus, sage, light wheat, crisp. Tastes of dry malt, light pepper, perfumy, grassy, some tea on the finish.
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for the bottle - I have been sitting on this for a while, but I just couldnít wait any longer to try it - very effervescent pour - hazy straw color - moderate head of large, loose bubbles - dusty, earthy, lightly funky aroma - some dry, biscuity maltiness, spicy hops, light phenols, a little bit of tangy citrus way in the back - carbonation is full in the mouth and a wee bit abrasive - quite dry, flinty, with dusty yeast and crackery malts - a slight tangy, wheaty undercurrent throughout - faint earthy character - the spiciness of the New Zealand hops is very pronounced but works well with the dryness - decent all around, but not the home run I was hoping for - a little rough around the edges.
Maverick34 (2208) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pale gold. Some fruits and floral aroma and a bit of a watery consitency. Decent but not spectacular.