ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet grainy and lightly bready malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, lemon zest, some funk, citrus and green fruit esters.
T - Sweet grainy and lightly bready malts, Belgain yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, lemon zest, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, smooth bitterness, some funk, and light tart green fruits.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, dry, estery finish.
D - Great hoppy saison. Good overall balance.
airrick2003 (461) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: this beer pours with a large off white head, the beer is a nice amber color, does not seem cloudy
Aroma: some funk, has a hop bitterness smell, faint but skunky, almost some industrial lager
Taste: has a milky flavor to it, some bitterness, almost champagne flavors, a sweetness, slight funk
Palate: lively carbonation, leaves mouth very dry, light mouthfeel, minimal aftertaste
Overall: very interesting beer, not sure the age of this bottle but it was on the discount rack, no taste of the high abv, wouldn’t mind trying this again, comes alive as it warms
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of grain, moderate to heavy grass for the hops, soap for the yeast, with faint green apple, coriander and some light dried fruit. Head is large, frothy turning rocky, white, with excellent thick and crust lacing and is fully lasting. Color is hazy and sparkling clear medium to dark amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is medium, watery, with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. A nice, smooth and easy drinking Saison.
djd07 (3473) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Chris. Pours a cloudy orange with large frothy white head. The aroma is funk, yeast, spice. Medium mouthfeel with spice, yeast, oak, and sweet fruit.
Beer4000 (4437) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Unclear orange body with a huge, foamy off-white head. Rather mild, but nice aroma with fruit and Saison spicy yeast and hint of Brett. Flavor is nice, soft malty, moderate fruity, balanced bitterness and yeast and also hint of Brett. Medium body and decent aftertaste. A nice one, but might be more interesting when the Brett flavor becomes more present.
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was hoping for a little bit of sourness, but its dryness won me over in the end. Cloudy orange with decent head and negligible aroma. Lemon and grass.
oliodnb (276) - ITALY - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful golden color, fine white head. Smells of sweet malts, some yeast, light sweet fruits and spices. Very refreshing taste, good hoppy bitterness, dry finish.
HoppyBudgie (692) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy yellow with a huge white and creamy head. Aroma is mild fruity and crisp hoppy. Crisp frity, yeasty and mild citrusy. Smooth yeasty and fruity finish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady, but careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-three-finger thick, glass filling, pale tan head that continues to grow above the rim, such that I have to cull the excess. As the head slowly subsides it leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass and forms an interesting, structural mesa in the middle of the beer. The beer is a pretty, rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, maddly carbonated, almost metallic, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied tropical and citrus fruit up front, while the finish has a dry, citrus zest character to it at times. Supporting notes of black pepper, dried hay like herbal notes, bits of toasted whole grain crackers.
The foam tastes of citrus and tropical fruit up front, but finishes lingeringly bitter and astringent. The beer really has an almost candied hop fruit quality to it, but without any sweetness; guava jam, a bit of lychee syrup, candied kumquat zest, peach concentrate, and some candied papaya are all here, interestingly enough the fruit character is so expressive that it provides a perceived sweetness to this beer. The beer is quite dry, and fairly light bodied for a beer of this strength. Touches of spicy peppery, some warming / spicy alcohol, and a bit of hop astringency and bitterness give this beer a bite in the finish. There is a touch of fermentation spiciness here, perhaps a bit of earthiness (that plays up a sun-toasted hay like notes), a soft phenolic character that provides just a hint of mustiness here, and perhaps a touch of something that accentuates a woodiness in the hop character, but really the fermentation character is far lighter than I would expect in something labeled a Saison; having said that, this is well with in the norm of commercial Saisons, it is just that I prefer them with a bit more fermentation character.
This is much more of a hop focused beer than a Saison. I would not have guessed that lactic acid bacteria was added to this beer as it really isn’t very tart right now; perhaps some age will see this kick in, but by then the hop character will also be much reduced. Despite being on the "clean" side for how I prefer a Saison, this is really quite good and enjoyable, and I certainly wouldn’t turn down more of this beer by any means.
Bygers (736) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft 0,4l. Pours a hazy straw colour, white foam. Aroma of honey, pine, hops and green apple. Taste of yeast, esters, pine and zest with some skunk.
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Foffern (1186) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. The colour is cloudy, light orange and with a creamy, off-white, medium head. Aroma of hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and peaches. Grassy hops in the flavour along with lime, hay and some alcohol. Slick mouth feel, and has a medium and lasting bitterness. A fresh and well-hopped sasion.