willisread (1280) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a Duvel glass. Aromas of roasted malt, funky saison yeast, rice, grass, prune, raison and some apricot. Full-bodied and a little too heavy, but good carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste is more of the same with the roasted dark fruit and roasted malt really standing out. Some earthiness and wet hay comes out as it warms. An earthy and funky saison that is roasted as well. Nice dry and lightly bitter finish.
biirusaikou (1494) - - MAY 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Roasted malt, dried fruits, cocoa, floral hops, clean finish. Great stuff, highly drinkable and enjoyable, kampai!
markoijelena (1426) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.75l at Cika Boban Tasting in Vranovo Serbia.01.04.2015.Taste with cika Boban himself and my bro ippopotamo36!Thank you Alberto for this bottle.Pour it dark cola color with small white head.On the nose coffee.Taste and aroma of roasted feel,dark fruits,clove,smoke little bit.Perfect carbonation.Very good balanced.
ippopotamo36 (992) - Rome, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a great tasting in Vranovo-Serbia, with markoijelena and cika Boban. Bottle. Courtesy of Phil from Japan, thank you. Pours dark brown coffee bean-like, medium ivory foamy head. Nose: it has such a charming nose, mild grounded coffee, dry fruit. Mouth: saison background in a coffee environment. How good!
GenkiGonzo (772) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Bottle from the brewery. Super dark brown, big off-white head that lasts. Aroma is mostly fruit and yeast. Flavour has some nice roasted malts. Very understated red wine finish. Could do with some maturation.
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small glass on draft at Craftheads, leftover from the Shiga Kogen anniversary event. Black with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes, light roast, caramel. Tastes of earthy notes, dark chocolate, light roast, sweet dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown head with diamonds reflecting the light. Dark brown liquid. Quiet scent builds with warmth; dark whisky malt. Flavour is light for dark beer, Saison notes are list, smooth creamy liicorice with some chocolate.
DuffMan (8316) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014 by Derek I believe. Muddy brown body, effervescent light brown head. Raisins, dark sugary fruits, lightly phenolic. More toward an abbey dubbel style. Odd, but intriguing.
dfearnley (1412) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14
Plum, citrus, rose, and earth. Dark brown with a thin, creamy off white head. Dark brown, a little sludgy, thin off white head. Taste is plum, mace, and some nutmeg. I love Japan!
Ferris (8929) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Perfumy, flowery and a nice herbal. Jet black with a rich beige head. Light malts, plum, fig and flowery. An odd beer for sure.