50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Not sure what the hell I’m smelling here. Wacky cola and yeast notes. Wow, this is a real misfire. Below average body and mouthfeel.
willisread (1601) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BCS. Pours a clear dark brown with a big soapy beige head. Strong aromas of chamomile and lavender with nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose as well. Cola-like mouthfeel with average carbonation. A little heavy for a saison, but still pretty nice. The floral flavors really standout. Would like more carbonation and more funky yeast...urban farmhouse and flemish kiss are way better imho.
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG ’15. Sampled from a 750ml brown bottle. Dark brown colour, tan foam. Floral nose. Taste has floral and herbal mix some melon fruit and lavender standing out. Flowery aftertaste. Interesting brew.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015. Mahogany brown, sweet and herbal, plums and light spices. Very herbal, but very drinkable. Cool.
dfearnley (1488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Leather, grass, lavender, rose, and ginger. Dark amber with a thin off white head. Chocolate, lemon.
BuckeyeBoy (4436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at fat head Portland pub. Pours out a crisp brown topped with a sand head. Nose is floral and lots of perfume. Taste is more of the perfume and a nice malt bill.
Oakes (14094) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Rogue Broadway. Light brown. Spicy, floral nose and palate. Good balance, gentle dark sugar, good spicy brew.
vyvvy (5138) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tin Bucket - Pours brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of bright herbal spices, very leafy and fresh with some saison style earthiness. It has a medium crisp body with mild carbonation. The flavor starts with a very weird mix of spices that seem all over the place to me. The finish seems to be a bit of a different mix of spices, but still seems scattered to me. It is dry and somewhat off-putting to me. I love The Commons a lot, but this one just isn’t for me.
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Big Hibiscus and Lavender notes off the bat. Floral and herbal. Deep dark and black with a foamy rich beige head. Malty, grassy, sweet herbal notes. Odd to be sure, the floral notes with the malts are strange.
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tin Bucket. I haven’t had this since last year, when it was...not good.
A: Pure black, thin white head.
N: Eucalyptus, lemon and grapefruit rind, medicine, some leather, wine grape, lavender, chamomile, tobacco, licorice, and star anise.
T: Sweet, sour, very lightly bitter.
M: Light body, crisp biting carbonation.
O: Much better than last year; it’s closest comparison (and they’re still quite different) is the 2014 batch of Upright’s Special Herbs. This one is either up your alley or bound to weird you out, though.