gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 1 pt 9.4 fl oz, thanks to Gusgus!
Sampled on July 16, 2011
Dark brown color, tan head. Acidic, sweet, malty scent. Acidic, malty, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Not something I’d buy again right off.
Gusgus (227) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Very low carbonation. Slight sour, almost funky aroma. Grainy with pronounced rye aroma, very much like sourdough ryebread. Slightly roasted and toasted aroma with hints of old cheese.
Flavor is dry and toasty, followed by silky grainy malt, a hint of mint and finally a somewhat phenolic belgianesque sour finish. Medium to high bitterness. Very intriguing beer, but the sour toasted malts together with phenols and obvious bitterness makes for a difficult drinking experience.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours opaque dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Nose is vinegar, cocoa, spices, oak, red grapes, vinous quality, and tartness. Flavor is similar with tartness and cocoa, with red wine and oak with some background tart cherries. Medium in body and just a great sour saison.
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 650ml (PBF)
Dark brown color, small steady off-white head, lace. Ryeish and cardboardish aroma. Slightly tart, ryeish grainy, caramelly. Too harsh bready finish to be enjoyable, although it is quite complex brew.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (thanks after4ever!). Ruby colour, small off-white head. Aroma is raisins, alcohol, sweet grains and some mild notes of spices. Flavour is rye, malts, alcohol, grains and mild notes.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, glass filling, lightly browned, dark tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a viscous texture to it by the carbonation bubbles that struggle to swim through it. The aroma smells a little tart and somewhat fruity that is backed by a grainy / malty character. The beer has a brown cracker aromatic note to it as well as a husk-like, thrushed grain, or even straw like character to it towards the finish. There is a spiciness here that seems mostly contributed by the yeast character (peppery with a touch of ginger even), but the rye and dark grain character also subtly influences this as does a touch of spicy hop character. The fruitiness, especially as it warms, reminds me of a tart / floral plum and even with a touch of Macintosh apple like aromatics. The grain character and yeast definitely has a musty character and a brown toasted grain starts to come out as the beer warms up.
The viscous quality of this beer has held in the carbonation quite well and it effervesces quite a bit as it rolls across the tongue. There is a definite tartness to this beer, though it isn’t really big (i.e. this is not a sour beer by any means), and it accentuates the fruitiness that is in the flavor; the fruit character reminds me of plums (though not as complex as in the aroma) and perhaps a touch of tart raisin. As the beer warms up a bit more a a complex grain character starts to come out in the finish; it is a bit spicy, sort of reminds me of toasted hay, perhaps a hint of bitter cocoa, and it definitely reminds me of spicy, toasty, whole grain character (and even rye specifically). Despite have a fair amount of viscousness to it, this beer is still quite quaffable and light. There is an herbal character from the hops that, towards the finish, melts into the tartness somehow; it has a touch of pine like character to it, perhaps a hint of rosemary and a light, but firm bitterness as well. Flavors of tamarind are also found here.
This is a very nice beer; I really enjoy this interpretive Saison from upright, the rye and the darker malt character really takes this in a great direction. It may not be a unique direction, but it is certainly well executed and quite tasty in the glass. Even though I have liked this from the beginning, it is still growing on me more as it warms up and I work my way through this beer. This is definitely my favorite upright beer of the few I have tried so far.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in the tasting room. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of Sour prunes and plums on rye bread. Taste has raisins, dates, prunes. Amazing.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured deep cola brown with a tall, darker tan head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up chocolate, rye, and earthy notes with accents of sage and oak.. warm caramel and molasses also showed.. hints of tanginess around the edges of the nose.. very much enjoyed it. The flavor found chocolate, caramel, and rye at the core with dry earth, black pepper, and caraway around.. finished dry and spicy, but with a fine malt complement. Medium-bodied, dry, and scratchy on the palate with some sharp carbonation.. a bit too dense at times. Very solid brew!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark garnet pour with a giant tan head that slowly fades. Probably a little over carbonated but not a gusher or anything think dedolle. Aroma is toffee, peppery spice and Papaya. Caramel, toffee, light chocolate, white pepper and pineapple. Interesting for sure not my favorite by any stretch. Really dry finish
cmonster (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Deep dark amber-brown color. Massive khaki-orange head. Solid retention and lace. Perfection. Nose of rye malt, earth, cherry, wood, and pinot noir. Light sour flavor. Medium body, beaucoup carbonation, ultra creamy mouthfeel, and a soft tart, dry finish. Wow! I thought Seven was my favorite. I might have to change that.