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.
sir__v (1076) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: hazy amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell : sour, farmhouse style. Fruity notes as apricot and peach. Bettranomynes yeast finish. Taste: good malt taste, nice sweet attack well balanced with the apricot taste. Sour yeast finish. Aftertaste: astringent and dry, small sweet finish. Really nice beer!
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Fruity blast in the nose -- sweet apples, light peach, bit of banana, and some light funk. Bright golden straw color. Smooth sugary fruit, mid-palate fizz-up of rye and peach, brief bout of sweetness, and then settles. Pleasant, not so funky. Tastes vaguely like a tripel.
bluejacket74 (1556) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/11/14 (labeled as Saison Rue). Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that lingered around a little while. There’s a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, apples, pear, peppery and rye spice, and some earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s the addition of some banana, funk and bready/grainy malt. The rye spiciness kicks in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s easy to drink and is well carbonated. I thought was an enjoyable and refreshing brew, I liked it. $10.99 a bottle.
davidtjm (917) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is gold with a thin head, aroma is fruity, yeasty, citrus, lemon. Taste is lemon, citrus, banana, sweet. Great
Beerhunter111 (10502) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klares kräftig goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, süß malzig, geringe Säure. Geschmack süß malzig, holzig, Trauben, alkoholisch, Honig.
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden, straw body with off-white head that dissolves rather quickly. Nice sticky patches of foam. Aroma is yeasty esters, light fruits, bananas, and flowers. Slightly sour taste, white grapes, pear. Some funkiness combined with sweet bready flavors. Spicy funky finish. Very pleasant bucolic beer.
weark (436) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille achetée à La Mise En Bière - De couleur dorée avec une fine mousse blanche crémeuse - Au nez des arômes fruité d’agrume, kumkwat, orange, une bonne présence de bret, épicée, des arômes de malt que je n’ai pas l’habitude, de biscuit - En bouche des arômes de fruit confit, raison sec, d’épice, toujours une note d’agrumes, de biscuit - Corp moyen, amertume légère, bonne carbonation, douce, final fruit sec biscuit, bière complexe et extrêmement bien réussie, délicieuse
commonshawn (664) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewery. Cloudy orange with white head. Some sour nose and citrus. A bit metallic. Citrus and tart. Decent body. Pretty good but I expected more.
flatmatt (1275) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from 2013. Pours a somewhat murky golden amber with a white head. Red apple aroma, slightly tart, with some warm cinnamon spice. Apple flavor, again lightly tart, some candied flavor, a little yeast, tartness, brettiness, and again a bit of ginger or cinnamon. Really quite tasty.
tightslice (437) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BevMo in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is fermented fruit cocktail, heavenly spiced-esters, hay yah. Big funky fruits with all the right trappings of a Belgian Yeast Beast. A thing of beauty.