oh6gdx (19933) - 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 (3737) - 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 (9999) - 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 (6969) - 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 (946) - 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.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of riversideAK. Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of sweet rye, some subtle fruity hints, sage, floral. Tastes of cherries, tart, light sourness, funk finish.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly good. Bottle at Volo. Way overcarbonated which we handled by creating an exeptional head. fruity, lemoney, peppery, chocolate, some rye. Caramel, decent malting. easy drinking, average mouthfeel.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, dark red. Cherry in the nose. Nice tartness initially. It is quite dry and the hops show up right at the end. Some peppery notes in there as well.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 3/19/2011. This rye ale pours a dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Large sized beige foamy head with very long lasting retention and nice lacing. The aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, fruity, tart and sweet. Medium bodied rye saison. The malts are caramel, chocolate and fruity. Some rye spiciness and some tartness with some cheery and oak as well. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice lively carbonation. AN interesting beer, there is a lot going on here, so sweetness at the start, with some tartness, spiciness and oakiness in the middle and some sweetness at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.