iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, no date from Bottle Barn. Pours a clear effervescent amber with a three finger off-white head, great retention. Good thing this went in my Duvel! Floral nose with some spicy and herbal hops, white pepper, lemon, and a hint of leather. Flavor is spicier and tangier yet, and I can pick up on the rye now. I wonder how much rye was used. . . I’m liking the spicy and herbal hops with the rye. Dry finish with with bitterness peaking around a 3 and a fair amount of alcohol for the strength. Ah, I thought it read 6.5% on the label, so I’m an idiot and it makes sense. Highly carbonated with medium body. Pretty good, my favorite from The Bruery thus far.
after4ever (5845) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Capped 750. Thanks, Chris! Pours a murky medium amber with a towering and dense bubbly white head. Huge floral nose. Highly fizzy body. Bone-dry mid-palate, even some mineral dryness shows up. Nice effort for sure.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 In short: A very rustic and floral Saison. I liked it a lot
How: 750ml, about 6 months old. Sent up north to Montreal by Kegbear, thanks a million Craig
The look: A gusher. Partly cloudy golden body topped by a large white head
In long: Nose has a nice farmhouse & old attic character along with some spiciness (black pepper mainly). Taste is pleasantly rustic. A smooth fluffy body, some light metallic/rusty notes, quite a bit of wood (cedar mainly), a whole lot of dry floral hops, dry caramel, earthy notes, a light orange peels presence, a few herbs notes, birch tree and a very light brown sugar presence. But overall what stood out is its rustic character that cannot be describe by a flavour word, because what does it mean to taste very rustic… going down on a countryside hillbilly housewife who hasn’t bath for a week? If so I’m selling my loft, buying a big pickup with curtains and going cruising.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, shared by somebody at my house. Pours a very hazy yellow body with a huge fizzy white head. The nose is funky and dry with a ton of brett, heavy spices, some peppery notes, and some fresh orange rind. The flavor is funky and dry, great spiciness, earthy wheat, some brett. Finishes spicy and floral on the finish with a nice white pepper note. Very fizzy and explosive , maybe a bit too carbonated. This is just about as fruity spicy and funky as you could want in a Saison. Any more and it would be overkill. Nicely done!
JoeMcPhee (8148) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep amber beer with a thick pillowy yellowish head. Aroma is quite lovely. Rich spicy nose. Clove and allspice with a lovely wheaty/rye spiciness in back. Earthy with a berryish fruitness. There is a kiss of flintiness, but I probably could have held onto this one for another year or so. Quite rustic on the nose with a great balance of spicy/grainy malts, spicy hops and a touch of fruit. This is eminently drinkable. As it warms there is a nice herbal/minty hop aroma that picks up along the back. Crackery malts, soft toast and a bit of bubble gum. The spiciness continues to pick up as it warms. Just a fantastic saison.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Light golden-yellow in color. Light funky aroma. Light, almost watered down flavor though. I just wasn’t all that impressed.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. gold pour with good white head. aroma is some sweet banana like malt and light spicing / yeast. flavor is the same, soft sweetness up front, light citrus and biscuity malt and yeasty spices. good but i dont like the yeast.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep hazy copper color ale with a super huge white foamy head with good retention with some great lacing. Aroma of light funky ester with some fruit notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some fruity ester with light funk and a nice Belgian malt backbone with some subtle dry hops also noticeable. Full body with limited filtration and perfect carbonation while alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done but lacking some character to be truly great.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber color with a large white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Really earthy aroma with some funk to it, not a strong funk like you might expect in a beer with Brett, but more of a musty kind of way. Hay, cracked pepper, and some ginger also come into play in the aroma; I love Saisons like this. Taste almost has a rye bread taste at the beginning. I get the same musty hay in the taste, then some pepper and other spices, before a strong earthy taste sets in. Lingering earthy, dry finish, carbonation is high. Very well made Saison, I*d love to drink this again.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, drank on christmas. Nice pour, huge head, like the best Belgians. Horsey, rich, nice fruity esters, a touch salty maybe. Great spices and Belgian yeast character. An extremely solid saison, one of the best American interpretations Ive had.