brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body, tan head adorns the glass. Highly carbed, no shortage of yeast yet lacks the funky depth I expect from BA saisons. Minimal oak. Bitter, boozy finish. Decent.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: floral, yeast, coffee and dried fruit.
Flavor: dried fruit, light flavors of dark berry, wood.
Comment: 2010 Bottle. Light bodied, Pinot like.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear dark brown - mouldy, oxidation, minerals, sweetness, rise, sake minerals, light peppery, spicy, light roasted notes, light messy.
Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG2. Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of softly sour dark fruit. Taste is sour plums, red wine, roasted cocoa. Tasty. Is it a saison? Or a flemish sour?
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Tim’s RPJG#2. Smells of cork. Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head. Sweet and dry with a mellow tartness. Lots of woody aromas. Hints of funghi and of red wine. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation.
shoulderbroken (1507) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBJG2. Aroma is cheesy and fruity, but combined in a good way. Taste is slightly cheesy again. I always like these Yamabushi saisons.
jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Tanakaya, 01/20/2013. 2010 vintage. Pours dark brown, near black, dense fine-bubbled light tan head, nice lacing as it dies down to the cover the surface. Aroma is lightly tart green apples and white fruit, becoming more vinous with dark chocolate highlights, hint of underlying roast character, funky finish, wood. Taste is smooth dark roasted malts, touch of cocoa powder, yet very fruity, apple and citrus, subtle tartness and sour, dry yeast finish. Medium palate, lively carbonation. A previous bottle from over a year ago showed more souring, but strangely this was less so-very nice, balanced and restrained. This and its non-barrel-aged brother are probably among the best Japanese beers I’ve tried so far.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. 2010 vintage. Oxidized fruitiness, raisins, bitter plums. Dark, near black, 1-2 cm. dark tan head. Flavors also oxidized: cherries, plums; mid palate has some Bretty notes with more dark fruit; final is dryish. Thin-medium body. Okay, but was better before. The oxidation gets in the way.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color, light brown head. Sour lactic nose with decent woody character. Excellent roasted character, chocolate milk - i had more notes, but they some how got cut off on iPhone. Anyways, I liked this beer, but not as enthralled as others. Still decent.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow another homer from the best brewery in Japan. This is a saison noir turned lambic. Nose is funky sour geen apples and horse blanket. Really quite funky and fruity with chocolate and apple notes. Really dry finish. The only thing (slightly) holding this back is the over attenuation that puts this in sparkling wine territory at times. Otherwise top notch, original and showing their sake heritage to full effect. 2100 yen for 750ml bottle.