BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and from a growler. Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a moderate, fluffy, dense white head that slowly faded to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted grain, a moderate peppery spiciness, light cobweb, a moderately grassy, herbal hoppiness, lightly phenolic, along with a moderate fruitiness (softly tart lemon paired with more delicate peach notes). Crisp, lightly tart entry with hints of lemon lead into a light, crisp pilsner maltiness followed by a dusty yeastiness that imparts a moderate peppery spiciness and some light phenols paired with a moderately dry, earthy, herbal hoppiness that lingers into the finish with delicate hints of peach and apricot fruitiness. Moderate, tight carbonation and dry, delicate mouth feel beg you to keep drinking it. They did a good job of capturing the rustic aspects of the style that a lot of American brewers seem to ignore. I really enjoyed this beer...bright and slightly tart, yet still dry, earthy, and delicate. Looks like I will be making more trips over Louisville in the future.
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ 12 Degree. Pours a clear yellow appearance with a white head. Wild flowers, potpourri, light pepper, orange blossom honey aroma. A touch sweet and the mouth feel is just a bit gooey. Fairly herbal, grassy flavor. White pepper, dandelion, tropical fruit, and honey flavor. Finishes pretty dry. Pretty clean and not too hard to drink. Not perfect but pretty good.
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Slightly hazy golden body. Frothy, white head, diminishing. Aroma of herbs, clove, lemon, toasted grain, floral hops. Hint of cobweb, grass, pepper. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish with some tartness. No characteristic overwhelms any other (except for the yeast which comes out a hair on top) giving the impression of a delicate beer. Highly refreshing.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Lightly hazed gold with a short white head. Floral lemon, low-ester, quietly phenolic, toasted grains / baguette, some silt / yeast powder. Nicely dry but maybe too dry for me given the seemingly high acid. There’s a tart bite across the middle that becomes rough for me, so rather than being washed and quenched by acid my mouth is left feeling stripped. Nicely soft carbonation and some grass / lemon rind / must hop character. Lightly fruity, enjoyable dry, but not a favorite of mine given the sharp tartness. Had it twice on two days and liked it the same on both.
Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Awesome brew...just like I like my saisons...bright, nice phenolic pepper note, balanced...quite lovely.
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery - hazy gold pour - at first, this seems a bit sweeter than what I enjoy in the style, but as I get through the first few sips, the loveliness of this beer presents itself to me - it’s sweet, sure, but there is plenty of balancing complexity - juicy citric and floral/herbal hop notes, tangy lemon oil, and complex earthy and spicy phenolics gradually swell up on the palate - finishes lightly tangy, crisp, and quenching - light muskiness as it warms - balanced and highly enjoyable.
Ratman197 (9951) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap At 12 Degree poured a hazy gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, spicelight pepper, light fruittiness and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiushj. Flavors of straw, yeast, earthiness, pepper and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering peppery finish.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Draught at the brewpub: Opaquely-yeasty golden. Dwindling white foam nestles into an everlasting halo. Peppery and sulfury phenols line the charmingly rustic nose along with dabs of lilac, white sage, lemon zest, grass clippings, peach and honeydew melon. Appealing sherbety character, as well. Vivacious sulfur and white pepper phenols dovetail with an explosive Styrian-derived lilac charge, upfront. Shy, delightfully snappy pils malt lends a firm and toasty baguette effect, though is just as ghostlike as it is perceptible, one minute succumbing to the profusely estery core and the next minute brightly exuding with a clean and supportive crispness. Appetizing lemony tang cuts through the subtle cake notes as well as the burly yeast and all its correspondingly robust byproducts. Lustrous Styrian juices evenly match the graceful herbaceous bitterness. Quite oily hoppiness, as well. Finishes briskly peppery, phenolic, and dry, though richly hoppy and deceptively sweet with flower nectar accompanying a vague Russian sage herbality. Fleeting malty dryness lingers alongside a ripe splash of peachy esters. As good as this is drinking with a high amount of yeast in suspension (something that no doubt will someday will be remedied), the yeastiness consequently muddles things and deadens many of the intricate nuances, lending a deceptively weighty body and in turn hindering the drinkability somewhat. Having said that, this still manages to embody all that I love about the style as it’s very rustic, artfully balanced, and yeast-driven with a wealth of phenolic allure. Another well-executed offering from this promising brewery who happens to be whipping up the finest Belgians in Colorado, hands down.