Jesterdeal (1465) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared graciously by Bruce. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, figs, dates, and more sugar. Pours lighter brown than I was hoping with little head. Taste is super sweet with mince meat, brown sugar, and more brown sugar. Some of the complexity I was hoping for is there but it is drowned out by the 13% and sugar. Enjoyable to be sure, but I’d take Bernardus 12 over this any day.
PhillyCraft (2568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle compliments of Jean with Brian at the brewpub. Poured slightly hazy amber with minimal lace and head. Lots of dark fruit, toffee, raisin, and vintage wood in the scent and flavor. Tastes like a 5 year old very complex barleywine. Lighter to medium body. So smooth and rich for the 13%. Excellent.
orangesol (560) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes.
A - Pours copper orange with a small half finger head leaving small trails of lace.
S - Sweet nose with some raisins, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and dulled fruit rind.
T - Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweetness and saison body are the strongest flavors. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms up. Sweet, dry finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze coming thru as it warms up.
O - Tastes just like a quad with a saison core helping to bring it all together. A very interesting beer. The booze is a little stronger than I would like but it is still a solid beer.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spicy yeast character. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts and spicy yeast notes. For 13% the ABV doesn’t punch you in the face, however this one is a bit on the sweet side, a little bit cloying. Not unexpected for a 13% beer. Happy the alcohol wasn’t over the top.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
MEtallic notes, cardbord, yeast dominant. Not sure what they were going for here.
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Great name and did a double take seeing it was a saison. Medium brown colured bottle that yields a lot of lace. Spicy, but yeasty above all.
Tinco (513) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown. Nice brown head. Taste is sweet, raisins, dark fruits caramel sugars. Little alcohol. Aroma is dark fruits and rum soaked raisins. This was way more complex than my tasting notes describe now that I look back at it. A very interesting and well crafted beer!
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to JW for sharing a growler of this at Craft Ale House’s Thursday Social Club gathering. Poured turbid and thick ruby-rust colored with minimal head. Complex nose of figgy fruit, yeasty esters, funk. Tasted complex also, with a minimum of carbonation, a big Grand Cru level of fruit flavors and complexity, and a smooth finish. This may not be a Trappist ale, but I call it Westy 12 Junior. What an accomplishment!
jmm635 (805) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a muddy brown color with a very thin beige head. Aroma of raisins, figs, caramel, candy syrup, and faint alcohol. Flavor is sweet and sticky, similar to a Belgian dubbel in my opinion. The saison yeast certainly adds an interesting touch. The 13% ABV is well hidden.
tcane7 (1325) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour. Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber-brown with moderate sized tan head that quickly recedes. Nose is a boozy raisin, Belgian candy sugar, and some spice. Syrupy mouthfeel, sweet caramel, raisin, maple syrup, spicy yeast, a little funk, with a warm alcohol finish. Worth the wait.