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.
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As The Bruery Saison Rue, 75 cl bottle at 9.5% ABV, is this really the same beer like the site claims? Anyway: an attempt at strong saison by this famed brewery, pouring a beautifully warm and deep, glowing peachy orange blonde colour, lightly hazy, misty with deposit, bearing a firm, lacing, off-white head, thinning under influence of the alcohol but still retaining well. Aroma has a lot of blood orange, rosehip tea, freshly fermented farmland, a weird chlorine-like smell, moscatel wine, marmelade, vanilla, cognac, galanga, overripe or even almost rotting peach and a whiff of pink grapefruit. Candied orange sweetness in the mouth, strawberry jam and honey sweetness as well, lean and supple body, bit bready and oily, caramelly malt sweetness, finishing in herbal hoppiness, bittering but gently so, with primarily lingering caramel malt sweetness, juicy, paired with noticeable alcohol heat, brandy- and liqueur-like, but not becoming astringent. Interesting and characterful beer, very rich sipper, but closer to a Belgian-style barley wine (if such a thing exists) than to actual saison. But then, how is saison even defined these days? I am still pondering about that, now that every serious brewery in the western world seems to have one...
Franckg (527) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Embouteillée en février 2014, bue après un peu plus de 18 mois. Gushing volcanique digne d’un film de catastrophe. Je recommande d’avoir sous la main au moins 2 verres pour ne pas trop en perdre. Robe orangée légèrement trouble, quelques particules en suspension, un col de mousse titanesque et poreux qui s’évapore rapidement. Dentelle epaisse et collante. Arômes d’abricot, alcool, malt caramelisé, oranges confites, vin rouge corsé et vieux cuir. Comme indiqué sur la bouteille, les effluves de houblons sont plus effacées après le vieillissement. Ne subsiste qu’un léger côté de citron et pamplemousse en arrière-plan. En bouche, les arômes reviennent. Beaucoup d’abricot sur fond d’alcool épicé et chaude. Très malté et encore ce goût d’oranges confites. Un peu de toffee, cuir, zestes d’agrumes, tanins de raisins. Finale plutôt brève, amère et alcoolisée. Texture assez épaisse, corps rond et huileux. Très bon goût mais je crois qu’elle est beaucoup mieux fraîche. Le goût d’alcool trop prononcé et le gushing lui ont fait perdre quelques points.
Wombata (535) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Roasted caramel, candy sugar.
Flavor: Like a well-blended triple with candy sugar, bready, "rye."
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bruery. Pour is hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is peach, apple, and funky/spicy yeast. Flavor shows stone fruit, biscuit, ginger, white pepper, and funk. Overall body is light to moderate and the finish is spicy/dry.
williamstome (1394) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden brown, nice white head. Aroma of apricots, yeast, dates, pepper and spice. Flavor of rye, yeast, wheat, peppercorns, earth and grapes. Full, spicy mouthfeel.
sir__v (1138) - 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 (2773) - 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 (1570) - 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 (950) - 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 (11084) - 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.