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 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.
oOJUXEOo (294) - 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 (182) - 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 (6886) - 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. I’m impressed that the Bruery managed to keep this free from any sour character! Quite a nice saison.
RexTalionis (2521) - 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, there’s 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 (3283) - 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
RickTheRick (400) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une mousse onctueuse se forme au-dessus d’une bière embrouillée à la couleur dorée vivifiante. À ma grande surprise, je détecte des petits fruits rouges au nez, ainsi que des notes épicées gracieuseté de la double action de la levure et du seigle. Rien de trop funky jusqu’à présent. Les bretts font leur apparition en bouche, conférant une petite acidité à la bière. Jumelée à une bonne carbonatation, cette acidité agit comme le catalyseur des saveurs épicées et fruitées de la bière. Un côté mentholé se joint à la fête également. Encore une autre excellente bière de cette brasserie californienne.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"lighter on the brett than expected, but it’s there. well blended mix of wild flavors...yeast, malts, hops...very full bodied and full flavored. dry up front and in the finish. cool beer. the bruery keeps climbing!"
jookos (2374) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@sbwf14. Orange hazy. Citrus, with a sturdy malty backing. Bit too sturdy. Nicely bittered, balance, great beer overall. I’m not that convinced rye makes a saison better, but interesting to have tried.
Hermod (3364) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @ sbwf14. Deep amber, thick white head. Distant fruity, berry aroma. Spicy. Flavor has citrus, peaches, sweetness, hops, yeast. Lingering peachy finish that is quite dry.
kryon (1433) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber low white head
Aromas of barnyard, sweet matlyness, bread
Taste has sweet bread, belgo yeast, syrup, corn, barnyard