Wombata (330) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: initially reticent, after 20 minutes it showed pear and apricot.
Flavor: pear, apricot, papaya, orange peel. Long finish of fruit flavors with a light bitterness.
Comment: superb carbonation added to the drinking experience.
Theis (11070) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear yellow - white head. Bretty, citrus, rice, minerals, lemon, peppery, crispy, wheaty, apricot, nice champagne bubble notes. Lovely.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, citrusy hops top freshly-cut haystacks as perfumy, cologne-like alcohol warmth abd herbal bitterness wash away each sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty pale straw gold.
-Mouthfeel is appropriately dry.
-Esters are subtle but contribute nicely to the fruity side of the hoppiness.
-I’d love to try this side-by-side with Avec Les Bons Voeux. Not that they are extraordinarily similar, but because there are very few renditions of strong, pale Saisons that are this well-made.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG2. Hazy yellow color, large white head. Aroma of rich lemons. Taste is slightly funky and peppery lemon. Very nice.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome stuff. Sweet and dry, as Andy said like a Japanese Bon Veux but with the funk ramped up a level. Great presence.
sunevdj (2737) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tim’s RPJG#2. Sweet and dry with some dusty aromas and fruity abricot aromas. Some sweet champagne. Medium to full bodied. Lively carbonation.
shoulderbroken (1144) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBJG2. Clear blond white bubbly head thick. Aroma is sweet, saison like, touch of booze. Taste very nice, Japanese Bon Voeux, creamy, sweet. Booze hidden. Very nice.
AndySnow (1199) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks mike12da. Cloudy yellow colour with a white head. Heavy lacing. Hazy golden colour with almost no head. Caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel, plum, port flavour.
KyotoLefty (4725) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nice spicy nose, rice, dry citrus, alcohol. Dry, light malt flavor, light but persistent carbonation. Nice lemony flavor, with a bit of rice. Approaching a Bon Voeux.
maekchu (1086) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to mike12da. Lovely, fruity and estery aroma: lemons with some hops behind. Cloudy gold-honey color with a creamy white head. Mild, sweet and sour initial; mid palate has some funk and flavors go tangy (lemons, pears, peaches). This version has been juiced up to 9% and hopped differently from the regular Saison One. I heard a lot of "Mmmm.." around the room as we tasted it. So creamy. Great!