mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[1477-20080601] Bottle. Yew pine or juniper sap aroma with needles and resin notes mixed in along with weird dusty flowers (like at a dried flower store). Slightly hazy, orange brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Flavour is resiny and buttery, like sucking on a fresh evergreen sapling. Watery medium body. Interesting.
(4T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF ’08. Many thanks to Christian for this reminder that there is for us North Europeans an undiscovered world of beer south of the Alps. Gold. Positively startling tomato ketchup aroma. Peppery cucumber taste thrown into focus by a sour sparkle. Thanks to oh6gdx for the identification of juniper in the flavour. Altogether an odd and rather appealing beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark hazy golden color with a one finger white head that settles rapidly leaving little lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy and flowery with notes of burnt popcorn, pine, hint of sweet malt. Flavor is somewhat similar with notes of malt, spice, and yeast. Somewhat watery mouthfeel with a quick finish. Not as much flavor as we had hoped.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hacy golden with tiny white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with discrete hoppy an citric notes. Flavor likewise with loads of spices.
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at Bir & Fud on July 6. Pours amber gold with a minimal head. Aroma of spice with minor notes of funk., Taste is citrus, a little funk, and a lot of spice. Finish also spice. Interesting beer.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A weird musty, spicy and dry Belgian Blond Ale of some kind. Light but kind of fun.
How: Sample at Mondial de la Bière 2008
The look: Cloudy golden Blonde body with almost no head
In long: Pleasant and surprisingly strong wild fruity nose of tangerines on a horse blanket. Flavour and mouthfeel is kind of weird, like oily and dusty at the same time. Rather yeasty, lots of dust, lemon skins, some “yellow” flowers, tangerines, strong unsettling unidentified dry herb/spice sensation, apricots in the finish. Something here reminded me of some of the absinth beer I’ve had. Body was pretty slim. A tough one to judge from a 5oz sample, I’ll need to drink at least a full bottle to really make up my mind about it. One thing for sure despite its below 4% abv this is not boring beer. Whether an annoying forum poster or a Saison beer, a Troll sure ain’t classy but it can be entertaining.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2008-06-01. Hazy golden amber body with a small quick head. Interesting spice in the aroma, sharp at times, not entirely pleasing. (6+) Spice is back in the flavour, sharp, ginger? Bitter slightly astringent finish. Average palate. Not loving it but its interesting. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 4T
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Remarkably bland ale in every aspect.
This was a mess for such a dull and light beer. Dry palate.
Fair wheat potential is not used at all. Muddy looks, headless, poor tiny-bubbled carbonation. Not very fresh. Dull old spice bag nose. Empty wateriness in the finish. Powdery texture.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at O’briens. Pours with a slightly cloudy, pale yellow body topped by a medium thick white head with a good amount of lacing. Wow...the aroma is full of spice...coriander, ginger and lots of pepper. The flavor is similar with more ginger notes and less pepper notes. Not as intense as the aroma. Light bodied, crisp and smooth.
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 750 ml bottle; this one arrived as a bonus (!!) from mgumby10. Awesome.
Cap pops with a burst of seeming sour, lemon aroma. I pour it into the glass -- lighter, straw colored,the first pour clear, with a huge meringue head, and the sour aroma has more or less disappeared as I sniff the glass. Instead I get mild grassiness, light malts, and lots of spice. Not knowing what was in here, I was sure we were dealing with cloves and/or nutmeg from the aroma. Instead it was just the very strong coriander.
The ginger and pepper are quite strong on the flavor, which again is spice-dominated. I don’t let nearly as much funk or yeast character as I’d hoped for (especially given that first release of vapors from the bottle); there is a bit of wet wool in here but that’s about it. Instead we’ve got a rather light, mild, but heavily spiced saison without all that much rustic character. The coriander absolutely dominates, and is simply way too much for my taste. Shortly after opening, relatively cold and highly carbonated, almost prickly, the combination of the mouthfeel, the ginger, and the other spices reminds me of nothing so much as the Verners soda that was so popular when I was kid in Michigan and with which I had a sort of love-hate relationship. Later as the beer warms to well above the suggested serving temperature and the carbonation fades, it gets substantially better. Reaching deeper into the bottle to a hazy sediment-rich level (the initial pours were very clear) certainly helps the flavor and mouthfeel as well.
This is a hard one to rate. I appreciate the effort at <4% beer. I like the fact that it’s an interesting saison. And yet it just isn’t working for me in terms of being a beer that I enjoy drinking. I’ll finish the bottle later tonight, but halfway through the 750, I moved to on to something else; not a good sign. A mixed bag, this one. Interesting enough that I’m glad I tried it.