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.
Njcowles (1) - ATHENS, Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought at The Village Market, Lompoc, CA.
A lot going on here. Unfiltered saison with a slight mealtimes. Very drinkable beer. I would definitely drink it again.
RichTheVillan (3478) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mikkeller Webshop; hazy golden amber pour with a frothy beige pour, slight funk and fruit aroma, taste has spice, lemon, yeasty background, some grain.
Handypaul (255) - - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a white lasting creamy head that leaves some lacing. Weak aroma of basement funkiness, clove and yeast. Medium body, oily texture, medium sour taste, and a lightly bitter and astringent finish.
bpat2011 (12) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into two tulip glasses
I was expecting a little more. There was nothing super interesting about it. But it is definitely a well balanced saison.
hackobock (1719) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 4, 2014. Bottle at SBWF. Pours hazy dark golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is citrus,fruity, spicy pepper notes, light malty and light funky. Taste is light sweet, fruity and dry spicy. Light to medium bodied.
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden in color. Decent carbonation. Tastes slightly of wood, spices, and farmhouse funk. Rye malt is nice. Well balanced
floydslip (200) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange beer with a ridiculously foamy off-white head that sets up in peaks and will likely spill over your glass if you do not pour carefully. Light, but fragrant nose of sour yeast, citrus, and pungent spice. Flavor is much more pronounced with bright sour lemon, undertones of earthy rye, and delicate spices and herbs on top, like white pepper and coriander. Crisply carbonated, this is a refreshing saison with lots of flavor.
DuffMan (7029) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared at Thanksgiving dinner with guests. Hazy orange-gold, lively white head. Pleasant yeasty character, light fruit esters, restrained funk. Iím impressed that the Bruery managed to keep this free from any sour character! Quite a nice saison.
RexTalionis (2603) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours unclear golden in color with a frothy whitish head. Earthy cellar floor notes, bit of yeasty spicyness, some funkiness, lemony notes and hints of grassyness in aroma. Lemony juicyness and honey sweetness in taste at first, thereís also some spicy white peppery notes present. Not much of funkyness or tartness tastewise, but instead more of some citrus and spicy green herbs are present with a little bit of sweet malts as well.
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large foamy head deep gold pour aromas coriander citrus banana yeast spice rich grain malt the flavours lemon pepper clove orange very sharp lemon warped bitter taste the yeast no doubt sometimes it is good this time no the finish tart warped bitter taste off on the palate could not get through it the Brett and hop mix a big no