ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin’ gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful.
S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don’t notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it’s there. Horse blanket, bro.
T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though.
M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I’d call it quaffable, though, because it’s pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can’t really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left.
O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that’s quite unique. It just doesn’t really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.
Digzis (78) - Nancy, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dégustée à Los Angeles. Une bonne bière florale et épicée avec quelques notes de banane et de miel. Un assemblage de saveurs intéressant.
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange, big white head. Good retention, some lace. Aroma of rye, dust, light brett, caramel, floral hop. Taste is quite sweet, minimal bitterness, rye, toffee, booze, toffee. Palate is sticky, slick, sweet finish. No brett, too sweet, too hot to be saison.
jesperhammer (2897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
08-SEP-2014, bottle @home, brought by Morten.
Hazy orange with huge, fluffy, off-white, lasting, lacing head.
Aroma is yeast, spice, peppar. Very spicy. Taste is spice, peppar, fruit and a bready note from the rye. Alcohol is present. Dry with quite some body. Fantastic.
zvsn (605) - ISRAEL - SEP 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Bruery tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Hazy rusty-red with a small head. Aroma and taste of sweet fruits, citrus, spices, sour vinous notes and yeast. Medium-bodied, slightly sticky texture.
rayaron (155) - ISRAEL - SEP 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Cloudy orange with low off-white head. Yeasty aroma. citrus, notes of banana. Sweet flavor, spicy, orange, yeasty, a bit sour, lemon, pepper, balanced. Creamy and buttery texture. Medium body. Sweet aftertaste.
ROBC3366 (644) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour. Complex aroma with brett, rye, oak, funk. The taste adds more sweet fruit and is slightly less sour than I imagined. Still very crisp and clean. Like the spice from the rye
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VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a clear orangeish golden with a resilient white head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty, bready and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, sweetbread, pear, sugar, black licorice. Finish is sweet, pine, herbal. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.
tectactoe (1884) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: To my surprise, I did not have a recorded rating for this. I feel like I’ve definitely had it before... but maybe not? Rustic amber, light-copper hybrid color; muddled & unfiltered with a fluffy, lasting white head on top. Aroma smells more like a "lighter" dubbel than a typical saison. Metallic caramel & stale toffee, plum, dark fruit esters, peppery spice, some cotton-y must, & a touch of sweet apple. Somewhere in there, I occasionally get a whiff of funky parmesan cheese rind, too. Taste is also more sweet than you’d expect a saison to be. Borderline sticky toffee & caramel, moderately stale with some toasted bread, apple, plum, yeast, perfume, & a spicy, potpourri-like finish. Lingering sweet-ish toffee notes, & a little bit of sharp yeast. This isn’t much of a saison, it’s more like a dubbel that was spiked with a little Brett. Saison de Lente blows this away.
jw0406 (769) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle pours a dark golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of Brett, light hops, spice. Medium bodied, complex and interesting
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Haket, Göteborg, on August 16, 2014. During "big bottle share Saturday".
Clear golden color, very small white head. Sweet, cinnamon, chocolate, orange scent. A bit sweet mead. Light acidic and sweet, some flower petals taste. Sweet aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.