ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle. Golden hazy with big head. The beer has strong apricot, banana, pepper aroma with sponge cake and some little, enriching wine wine (nail polish) thing in the background. Aroma is fruity and sweet. There are also notes of orange zest, fresh apple and some little acacia honey. So far so good. The beer has a strong carbonation but still easy to swallow. The body has an oily texture but still can be perceived as thin. When it comes to taste I was expecting more acidity or dryness but the beer is charming with a strong Belgian profile that I was longing for a while now. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Easy to drink and well rounded, rich flavor. Nice stuff.
rougeau13 (2629) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Growler Spot. Clear amber with resilient off-white head. Aroma of brett, mustiness, light citrus peel, and rye. Tastes funky and lightly bitter. Medium bodied and dry. Very solid.
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 5 year old bottle that I lost track of in my cellar.
Aroma is sweet with caramel, honey and some burnt sugar. Some light spicy, herbal notes. Light toast. Hints of citrus with a woodsy, herbal, earthy note as well. Some light stone fruit, red apple and pear esters.
Pours a hazy, murky brown color with some copper and amber hues and a medium large, fairly thick, slightly tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film that lingers for quite some time. No lacing and faint legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a moderately strong sweetness with some light acidity. Quite a bit of caramel with some lighter honey notes and burnt sugar. Some lighter toasted bread and rye notes. A moderate bitterness with a medium light spicy, herbal note. Hints of fruity esters and some citrus. A light earthy note and a hint of alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low, but noticeable alcohol warmth.
Overall, this beer is definitely past its prime, but is interesting. Its difficult to tell form the age what it was like fresh and its been a very long time since I had a fresh bottle; probably 2011. The age is off putting, but also enticing so its just weird. I was expecting more funk, but there is very little. Instead, the malt dominates the flavor and aroma.
doubelknv3 (1083) - Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral, raspberry, mild spice, and mild lemon aroma. Light copper, pale orange, white head, and decent lacing. Medium bodied, fruity, mild oats, and mild lemon notes. Silky, medium bitterness, and lite dryness.
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bubblehouse (1362) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of the bottle with a huge head. Really nice floral aroma. Solid taste.
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spritzy nose with a touch of cereal and lemon. Nicely balanced maltiness, bitterness, and sourness with a slight stone fruit flavor. Medium light body. Feels warm as it goes down, even though itís only 8.5%. Lasting bitter-sour finish. A wonderful beer. Refreshing, but full of complexity.
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A simple but delicious beer. A light feeling throughout that belies the high alcohol, which didnít really hit until I finished the whole bottle. Beautiful beer during the intense rainstorm.
tennisjoel (1376) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Attractive hazy golden orange body with pillowy white head. Active legs. Wonderful aroma of farmyard funk, horse blanket, classic saison qualities. Flavor mimics the aroma. Rye is subtle but it enhances the beer. Excellent and one of the best beers Iíve tried in a while.
SPDickerman (1191) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Smells funky with hints of stone fruits. Taste is funk, hay, white fruits and stone fruits. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and lively mouth-carbonation, Bruery Saison Rue finishes with a lingering subtle funk.
wombat23 (765) - Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source on 6/26/2016. Golden with a white head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is funk, wild yeast, some fruitiness. Taste is similar to nose, with some spiciness. A touch of white pepper. Overall, itís a bit more bland than expected.