Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Cloudy golden colour. Herbal nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Christmas-like flavours. Yeasty flavours with a grassy bitter finish. Really nice.
JohnRMurdoch (3846) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from The Kernel Brewery. Cloudy amber colour, no head. Sour grassy aroma & flavour. Citrus aftertaste. First Kernel beer I have not liked.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s Danish Invasion tasting.Hazy pale yellow, white head. Funky herbal saison nose, yeast esters, big lemon zest, clean but complex. Dry juicy citrus, some white pepper, very clean palate with a lingering lemony bitterness. It’s nice, but I like my saisons a bit funkier.
cgarvieuk (17632) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...light hazy ... thin white head ... soft juicy lemon herbal nose ... soft sweet fruits ... juicy and mellow .... very light peppery ... soft easy ... little herbal bitterness in linger3.6
bottle at ho,e ... ligh hazy yellow ... thin white head ... soft peppery lemon zezt nose ... light fizz ... soft sweet farm yard funk ... light lemon ... light herbal tones ... light floral ... light pepper finish 3.7
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Slight hazy, deep yellow. Persisting, white mid head, good lacing. Nice peachy, floral, citrus, wheaty, slight pleasant yeasty, grassy, hint of banana, sweet orange, quite complex aroma, very nice, but not very strong. Creamy palate. Light carb. Fruity tastes. the saison dryness is quite subtle, which i like. Taste reflects the aroma. Soft, fruity finish. Best tasting saison i’ve had from a British brewery.
Also, is it just a statistical fluke that 4 out of the 6 ratings before mine are by Finnish people, or are Kernel just launching an aggressive marketing campaign in Finland?
laiti (7590) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ lusikka, BBE 08.03.2013
Aroma has citrus, wheat and hints of yeast. Flavour is rather strong on citrus. Also bubblegum and hints of wheat. A bit short flavour – maybe 5,2% is just not enough for saison.
lusikka (7442) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. BBE 08.03.2013.
Pours a hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma of strong citrusy hops and grapefruit. Flavour of strong citrusy hops, wheat, grapefruit, orange peel. Surprisingly strong bitterness. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a bitter citrusy finish. Summery beer with extremely good drinkability.
olio (7903) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. BBE 08.03.2013.
Pours hazy golden color with small head. Aroma of apricot, citrus, mild spices, soap notes and grass. Flavor of citrus, apricot, spices, mild wheat and some grassy notes. Would be very nice terrace drink.
tiong (5061) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Utobeer, London
BBE 08/03/13 - Pours pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, malts, wheat and spices. Taste is quite mild with some fruity hops, spices, citrus and hints of malts. Finish is sligthly fruity and bitter with medium carbonation and hints of lemon. Okay, quite generic saison.
Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Pours a faintly hazy yellow-gold with a soft, white foam head. Big doughy and yeasty aroma with hints of anise and banana. Medium sweet flavor with lightly toasted dough, some dry citrus rind, light grassy bitterness, modest yeast. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry, light sweet finish with further dry yeast notes, light toasty dough, lemon rind, light grass, light citrus tang. It’s very decent, just seems a bit conflicted between being a Kernel APA and a saison. Still, it’s really nice.