ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 3/4/13. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a moderately hazy copper color. The head is a two finger white shade that intensely forms bubbles as it’s poured. It recedes fairly quick, and leaves spotty rings of lacing down the glass.
S: There’s a nice funky barnyard tone, and a lesser inhale of both citrus and apple peel. The citrusy qualities almost seem hop-derived; always a good thing in my book. Aromatically, it’s a little mild for my tastes, but nonetheless pleasant.
T: At first, citrus qualities hit the tongue are quite pleasant, before the funkiness starts to build up. The finish is a combination of citrusy/grassy hops, herbs, and barnyard flavors. I feel like the modicum of complexity it offers isn’t quite enough to inspire further sips out of interest. Generally, the flavors here are extremely nondescript, to a fault - and even worse is a note on the back end which is distinctly mineral-esque to the point of being metallic. It’s not bad, just insipid.
M: The feel starts off with a decent creaminess, before fading to a moderately dirty dryness on the finish and aftertaste. This dryness doesn’t fully last; a syrupy linger coats the palate - one that inhibits drinkability. It seems like the wet, creamy feel exasperates the strength of the already high carbonation to me. On the positive side, it certainly feels lively.
O: This one isn’t that great. I can see this one appealing to the masses - but the drinkability isn’t fantastic, and it doesn’t feature the requisite depth to make it interesting, either. At least this is one of The Bruery’s cheapest offerings...at $10/750ml. I’ve certainly had far more interesting 4/6 packs at the same price (and even far more interesting saisons, for that matter...can you say Tank 7?)
Bulk_Carrier (2264) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle says 12/18/13, unsure if that is born on or best by, nonetheless this is good stuff!
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden yellow to dim orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a good thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing anywhere on the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet refreshing lemon, slightly grassy and leading into a slight dry earthy citrus.
The taste was sweet and dry, a nice bitterness invades finely upon the surface of my tongue. There’s a nice bittersweet hoppy grapefruit aftertaste leading into a nice dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the saison style and for me.
Overall, I like this one alot and would definitely have again.
superspak (2832) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
ansalon (1608) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light golden with a massive frothy white head. Aromas of rye bread, citrus, honey, slight funk, lemongrass. Taste is rye bread, citrus, honey, funk and some slight lemongrass. Mouthfeel is dry and very sprightly.
Habanero (2749) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy, golden with a large, fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, brett, citrus peach and spice. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry and with a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and soft carbonation. A lovely crisp Saison indeed.
KnowThyBeer (26) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine spring seasonal, poured into a wine glass. Not much of a nose, but great flavor, body and finish. Would slam this with some buttered fish.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle -
This one is definitely a very nice saison and the fact that it’s got some brett in there to gobble up some extra sugar sure didn’t hurt the complexity of the beer. When popped open the bottle, there was a little eruption of foam, but nothing over-the-top. Huge, fluffy head with minimal dissipation...clingy lacing all over the place. The aroma was alive with notes of lemon, pepper, orange zest, floral, bready and what I can only liken to smelling an empty sugar bag. The flavor seemed to match the aroma blow-for-blow with strong citrus flavors, lightly herbal, funk, peppercorns, wet leather and just a showing of alcohol. And to my suprise, the bottle was gone before I realized it. Light, full of flavor, never heavy and there just the right amount of complexity to keep my tastebuds in wanting more and more. Great beer.
AbouAli (88) - Genève, SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odeur de saison (levure). Mousse épaisse qui dure avec une bonne persistance. Goût léger d’alcool et de brett léger. Certaine lourdeur au niveau du corps.
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
The yeast and spice flavor work nicely here. It is a little sweeter than average in this style. This is a tasty, well-made Saision.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"more straight forward than what i;ve come to expect from the Bruery. All in all it was a nice hot weather brew. light, earthy, with some brett making it just a little on the dry funky side. "
KennethArd (256) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral aroma with orange & citrus. Clear pale golden with large long lasting white head. Light sour taste with a dry saltiness. Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation & long dry finish.