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.
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from 2013. Pours a somewhat murky golden amber with a white head. Red apple aroma, slightly tart, with some warm cinnamon spice. Apple flavor, again lightly tart, some candied flavor, a little yeast, tartness, brettiness, and again a bit of ginger or cinnamon. Really quite tasty.
tightslice (328) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BevMo in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is fermented fruit cocktail, heavenly spiced-esters, hay yah. Big funky fruits with all the right trappings of a Belgian Yeast Beast. A thing of beauty.
BOSSbrewer (2507) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the source. Pours a slightly hay golden. Thin white head. Aroma is sweet candy and malty. Nice beer.
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Lukasmh (455) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden orange with very nice long lasting slight cream head. Aroma is first some yeast and rye spices. Then reveals complex fruitiness and funky brett. Some flowery notes and earthy hops. There is red apples and sweet ripe pears. Slight alcohol as i warms. Taste is quite complex! Sweet apples, tart green apples, sweet pear, brett notes, some yeast. Some spicy rye and smooth body. Exotic fruit bowl. Finish is super dry! Has relatively high carbonation. Really well incorporated alcohol, slight present at is warms. Almost dry oak in finish.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Belgian yeast aroma with some dried lemon. Taste very tart and funky. Finishes super dry with sour orange and lemon tartness.
snoworsummer (3002) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014. Draft at the Bruery. Pours opaque orange amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like dry cracker malt, dry citrus, light herb, lemon, very light yeast. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like dry cracker malt, light citrus,
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Prickly sparkling wine appearance and aroma. Flavor of some oak funk and lemonade sourness.
Renobob (1129) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Nez pamplemousse, ananas. Palais puissant, alcool bien présent, assez complexe. Houblon discret mais intéressant. Ensemble plaisant mais un peu trop fort en alcool et trop acide.
deepeary (271) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
17 month old bottle. Pours a clear amber with off white head. Nose is mild, tart with some funk, white wine, cherry. Taste mild, sweet, caramel, rye, spice, honey grapes, dry finish. No booze detected. Flavour is complex but rather subdued. I was expecting more from this.
dogfishho (653) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
What on Earth happened here? Tastes like a great saison that has had artificial sweetener added. Perplexed by the high scores here.