Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells musky and buttery. The first wash over my palate was clobbering. Then I decided to go back and check the ABV. OK, that makes sense. It’s a bouquet of flavors with a really hot finish. Not too much smoke, though it’s noticeable. I didn’t taste the pebble, like the other guy did. I have a feeling that letting a bottle of this sit for a while will yield a whole different beer. Right now, it’s a boozy affair. Which I am in no way opposed to. I’ll buy more of these to hide away. Glad there’s a charity involved. Sad story all around.
bartlebier (1760) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse - SO. Pale luminous orange beer. Aroma of apricot puree lighted on fire with chemical lighter fluid. Taste is that typical US new wave barley wine combination of engineered, laden caramalt and piney hop essence, a molecular fruit reduction verging toward the aluminium rather than cherry wood. Palate is heavy-set, though never sugary. Overall not much of a saison or smoked, and as a barley wine a graceless, near-medicinal conconction, gasping for air or a point of entry for the taste buds to start exploring: it is both a horror vacui and a vacuum.
TheJester (1892) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Hazy amber-orange with a nice white head. The aroma is better, and more complex, than the flavour. Funk, spice, smoke, vanilla, berries that may or may not be cherries. The flavour is simpler, with fruit and spice and a hint of the cherrywood.
SoberDave (135) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a glass at the Stone Beer Garden. Pours light amber colour with fizzy head. Pungent aroma, really nice sour citrus flavors and a touch of smokiness.
Calisky (752) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mondial des bières
Couleur dorée aux reflets orangés, mousse blanche qui disparaît. Nez malté, orge, herbe grasse, fruité, abricot, épices, alcool. Gout malté, fruit jaunes, raisins, épices, chêne, caramel, notes fumées. Pas mal!
mmargarucci (24) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smokey fruity aroma. Pours a bit on light side. Taste is a wonderful mix of smokeyness with saison fruity and bitter hops. A great well balanced brew!
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy light copper coloured body with a peach glow and a nice two centimetre tall pale white head. Aroma of smoked grain, rye, earth, oak, vanilla, scotch, bourbon and some meat and mushrooms. Full-bodied; Earthy flavour with a ton of meat flavours, soy sauce, alcohol, oak, dry grain, rye and some light sugars. Aftertaste is funky - smoked, but not in a good way, earthy, malty, rich with the meat, mushroom and umami flavours really coming out. Overall, a very passable beer that shows way too many strong earthy and meaty flavours and not enough saison or complexity that is wanted. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 06-February-2014 for US$6,79 sampled at home in Washington on 11-September-2014 after spending some time at the Pentagon today after 13 years.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass of bad. Odd lightly smokey intensely sweet saisonish beer. Candy sugar, wood, banana, smoke, grass, and bad. Finish is sweeeeeet with nothing to make you want more.
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle: Hazy yellow, orange, & amber all over with a foamy, sudsy white head that settles to a fine film & collar quickly. Aroma of slightly gummy & spiced Belgian yeast, bread, mild caramel apple, lightly musty cotton, & a small touch of candied fruit. Intensely sweet flavor... Wow. Didn’t see that one coming. Huge Candi sugar, caramel coated cherries, toffee batter, phenols, light medicinal yeasty spice, clove, hint of honey baked bread. Floral notes up front, a bit spicy. I can’t get over the immense sweetness & cottony medicinal finish. Not my jam.
whoisghost (62) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pale amber with hints of green in the right light, thin, stark white head. Big aroma - fruity, pepper and strong cherry. Very complex beer. Really sweet upfront, developing Into a mixing pot of spice and pepper In the middle finishing on a bitter and smoky end. You can definitely taste the cherry and it almost feels as if it were built around a wine template. Agree with previous reviewer that it probably belong in the strong ale category. I think the bitterness at the end is a little crude and throws out the balance a bit but I can’t deny that the complex flavours make for an interesting drink. Mouth feel is quite dense and syrupy, daring you to keep drinking; very dangerous for a 10.5
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and draft. Golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of steady smoke, stone fruit. Taste starts smokey then sweet then fruit. Very nice.