sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask @ Terrapin / Left Hand dinner, Trappeze.pours golden straw with thick white head.
aroma is yeasty, fruity; pineapple with spices and barnyard nose.
flavor, yeasty, spices; cloves, grainy; wheat barnyard, funky yeast mouthfeel with a light malty profile.
Smooth and tasty with nice subtle citrus hops and spices.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
This one pours a very hazy golden orange with a large, but short-lived white head that leaves a soapy cap and bits of lacing on the way down.
The aroma is a cross between a wheat beer and a saison with some banana sweetness from the wheat and a strong toasted grain and spicy yeast smell to balance it out. There is a musty earthiness that lingers in the nose at bit.
The taste has the wheat sweetness up front with a hints of bananas and bubble gum, but it’s pushed out of the way by the spiciness of the yeast and the toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is a bit sweeter and less dry than I would expect from the style.
The mouthfeel is lively and, as mentioned above, less dry than most top-tier saison/farmhouses. It has hints of the dry earthiness I’d expect but the sweetness is more prevalent in this one.
Overall, I liked this beer. I wouldn’t put it in the great category as the wheat sweetness is a little more prevalent than I like. However, that does lend to a very high drinkability. One of the better Side Projects in my opinion.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 The beer came out naturally cloudy (some would even call it murky), pale, and developed a decent sized head. The smell was a invigorating combination of tart, sweet, and floral aromas, and deeper breaths revealed a significant hop presence. The taste was a tart and hoppy combination not usually seen anywhere. There was not much sweetness, and late in each sip some clove like spiciness and lemony sourness started to creep in. The mouthfeel was bone dry, and refreshingly light.
I’ve seen many American interpretations of Saisons use exotic ingredients like lavender and end up being too sweet and flowery. This beer on the other hand was all grain based, which made it feel rustic and authentic. I could certainly imagine this being made in a farmhouse. I wish that Terrapin would keep this into their regular lineup and get rid of one of the weaker entries in their lineup. This is just perfect for the hot local summers.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL shared at CCB Tasting Night. Pours a very light yellow almost white with a temporary, white head. Aroma of white grapes, some mustiness, and light spices. Taste is like a watered down Belgian witbier. Saison is on another level- this doesn’t even fit the style. Pretty terrible.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewer’s Festival. Light orange, off white foam. Aroma is musty, fruity, spicy. Taste is more fruity esters, spicy, with a nice saison bite.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from ’the secret stash’ at the Terrapin tent at the Music City Brewers Festival. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of lemon, burlap, and Belgian funk. Flavor of pale malts, citrus, clove, and white pepper. Moderate amount of residual sweetness. Finish is not very tart or sour. Butters mentioned that it may be young, but if it’s bottled already, I can’t see that developing all that much.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Trappeze. Pour was very cloudy gold, with a nice light white head. Lots of carbonation for a cask. Aroma of spice, citrus, yeast, little funk. Really pleasant. Taste is similar with some light malty flavors as well. Really refreshing. Finish is little tart and funky. Overall, a very nice and interesting brew from Terrapin.
Butters (3583) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from ’the secret stash’ at the Terrapin tent at the Music City Brewers Festival. Thanks Steve! Pours a relatively clear straw color with fair ring of white head. Nose of orange citrus, light yeastiness, flavor is sweet and a little bready. No real tartness that I associate with a farmhouse, but that is probably because it is so young. Still a good beer. Can’t wait to taste it again.