padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML bottle purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Wow!!! What a surprise to find this little gem. I think this will be great with some age. But for now it is pretty darn good. Thanks to stefanje for the advice on the sediment because on the second pint pour I swirled the sediment and it brought out a little bit of the sourness and made this beer wonderful. A nice surprise and worth the $12 chance on this one.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-Body is a uniformly translucent glowing amber hue. Pours with a one finger head with great retention. Some lacing left behind in the glass.
S-Typical and good for an amber saison. Very mild floral hop presence, tropical fruit, and sweet bready yeast.
T- The tropical fruit flavors come through the most upfront with a mild bready yeast backbone. Finish is dry and floral as floral hop bitterness shines through-behind this is more tropical fruit and a hint of raw dough.
M- Body is fairly light and dry. Inconsistently doughy as well. Full Spritzy carbonation.
D- Decent saison overall. I really like the dru characters but am not a huge fan of the raw dough that comes through occasionally. It has the hoppiness of an amber saison-but still isnít funky enough for the category for me. Average saison-above average belgian amber ale. Amazingly-the 8.5% is not at all detectable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-06-2010 02:23:26
Simonsen (851) - NORWAY - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drukket pŚ hyttetur med entusiaster, gylden farge med mye skum, forfriskende smak med innslag av gress sitrus og humle
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pots a deep cloudy orange with a large white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, pepper and effervescence flower. Taste is the same with a dry finish. A bit too thick and overpowering mouthfeel but very well made.
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dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Yellow/orange pour with bubbly white head. Smells of yeast and malt. Very good flavor. My favorite saison
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Holy (835) - GERMANY - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Holy Gusher batman! The beer that was left after it sat in my sink was pretty good. You can bet that Iíll open the next one more slowly...
dagimp (829) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750ml into a snifter. Pours a very nice deep golden with about an inch of fizzy head with never totally dissipates. Aroma is of funk, yeast, lemon and grass; pretty tangy. Mouthfeel is very thick, probably the thickest saison Iíve had. Itís not quite syrupy, but close. Taste is fairly typical of a saison but with the addition of tartness from both the brett and the rye. I can actually taste both flavors and they complement each other very well. Itís a very good bottle to have along with a good dinner. Not an everyday drinker but I would absolutely drink it every so often.
Dr_Fellini (828) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the bruery. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is spicy, Belgian yeast, slight funk. Flavor has much of the same with a touch of saison zest. Overall a decent and drinkable beer.
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 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.
bp (822) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pour a cloudy amber with a frothy white head, aroma has some sour funk from the brett and some citrus notes, taste of honey, some funk but it is pretty mild, might show up a bit more with age, pretty nice saison