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 fuckiní 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 donít notice a massive amount of brett funk, but itís 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 doesnít necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. Iíd call it quaffable, though, because itís pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I canít 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 thatís quite unique. It just doesnít 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.
zvikar (2778) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Yoav. Pours yellow to orange hazy with a small head, aroma is spicy and sweet and fresh, flavor is spicy with alcohol, nutmeg, nuts, carbonated, medium bodied.
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - APR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit spicy, oaky and taught, but doesnít give too much and is a tad cloying. Apple pie, pecan and lemon with a whiff of funk. Solid if uninspired.
swesson (133) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber. Cloudy, golden body. Thin white head. Smells of yeasty, malty, clove goodness. Tastes sweet, but not as sweet as a normal saison. Lacing all the way down my pint glass.
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nealblind (511) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange yellow pour foamy white head. Aroma of brine, apples, acetic acid. Very sweet taste malt bomb. bretta and rye are present but slight. Sticky and spicy dry on palate. More like a trippel than a saison. alcohol on the end.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color. Big bretty hoppy, with rye in the background. The mouth really opens up with fairly aggressive hoppiness, Brett and rye. Not. Very authentic Saison (def American) but still very nice. Not too tart. Funky Brett finish with moderate hoppiness thought not much bitterness. Good.
Ktwse (1465) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with tall white head. Aroma of honey, malt, citrus, light grapefruit and caramel. Taste is yeasty and honey sweet with smooth, sweet finish. Light to medium body with soft carbonation.
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kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer and Beyond shop. Thanks yoav. Cloudy amber with white head. Bretty, fruity, apple, some toffee and pepper aroma, mildly sour but very drinkable - a little alcoholic too. Full body, slightly alcoholic finish. Very good.
barkdawg188 (1) - - MAR 19, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Nice Bret aroma with a tangy spice taste to match. Hints of rye and clove with a nice sparkly mouth feel.
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Paul. Hazy gold with white head. Musty nose. Horsey musty flavor, crisp and finishes clean. Rye isnít my style but this works.
Gerbeer (1489) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky amber with huge head. Aromas of toasted malts, stoned fruit, and light banana. Flavors of orange marmalade, cloves,, white pepper, light resin and fruity bubblegum. Sharp and refreshing.