ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
McCarty23 (51) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Prickly sparkling wine appearance and aroma. Flavor of some oak funk and lemonade sourness.
Renobob (1084) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Nez pamplemousse, ananas. Palais puissant, alcool bien présent, assez complexe. Houblon discret mais intéressant. Ensemble plaisant mais un peu trop fort en alcool et trop acide.
deepeary (256) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
17 month old bottle. Pours a clear amber with off white head. Nose is mild, tart with some funk, white wine, cherry. Taste mild, sweet, caramel, rye, spice, honey grapes, dry finish. No booze detected. Flavour is complex but rather subdued. I was expecting more from this.
dogfishho (645) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
What on Earth happened here? Tastes like a great saison that has had artificial sweetener added. Perplexed by the high scores here.
maxwelldeux (4073) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy goldwn orange color with a moderate off white head on there. Nose has some nice floral and citrus notes on top of some funk. Taste is slightly sour with a great light floral flavor. Nice...
Holmen1 (3191) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på M2 mars-15: gylden, med højt belgisk skum. Blomster, honning, mild og innsmigrende for sine (iflg RB) 8,5 - eller er det 9,5 som det står på etiketten? Uansett, en kompleks og god representant for saisonstilen. Lekkert balansert.
Holmen2 (1546) - NORWAY - MAR 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 23.03.15. A gusher. Clear golden. Foamy, dense and persistent off-white head and lacing. Quite refreshing aroma, with a hint of flowers, fresh pear and brett. Similarly fruity taste with more bitterness. Complex aftertaste. A bit fizzy.
connor0415 (47) - - MAR 19, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing saison, probably the best I’ve had. Poured into a bruery tulip it bubbled up with a big 3 finger head with a completely hazy golden straw color. smells of brettanomyces, rye, peppercorns and a certain sweet fruitiness I can’t put my finger on. The taste is very peppery, you get some funk from the Brett but it’s not overpowering, some dry malts, some cider like sweetness. It has a very carbonated, dry, texture to it. Perfectly befitting a saison.
The bruery made an excellent beer here, definitely a must try for anyone. It’s complex enough for a seasoned beer drinker but not too overpowering for the average person
maxifunk777 (9) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very complex tasting beer a great summer time beer for BBQ and outdoor fun. A very solid B beer. I do not know the Bruery does it but another complex tasting beer.
llkc (592) - århus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
frisk funket citrus maltet duft
smag svag funkey lidt krydret frisk. maltet. sødme. frisk frugt lidt røde bær
ud over øllet skummer total over og bliver ved med at skumme til flasken er halv tom så er det en super fin øl