ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is perhaps creamier than I’m used to in the style; nonetheless it’s a beautiful three finger white shade. It retains fairly well and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S: Once the brew opens up after sitting for a spell, notes of coriander, black pepper, and fresh cut grass appear across a neutral malt canvas. Subtly funky, as well. Really pleasant and well executed, but fairly standard for the style.
T: Spice esters (such as coriander, black pepper, and pine) are the first thing I note on the palate, before the aforementioned subtle funk builds on the midtaste. Mild yet defined malt sweetness, lemon notes, and touches of hop earthiness finish this one off. The spiced qualities return on the aftertaste. I like the depth this provides in general; I wasn’t sure what to think of the flavor profile initially, but it really grows on me after a while.
M: I find little to complain about the general feel; it’s appropriately crisp and light, drying on the finish. It really comes across as being ’refreshing’, too, without coming off overly carbonated.
O: This is the Hop Stoopid of saisons - why do I say that? Because it’s a high-quality, no frills interpretation of the style fantastically priced by bomber standards. That, and Victory could really stand to put this in 6 packs. Still a really good saison regardless.
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, june 15th. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is funky, barnyard, hay, citrus, spices, green apple. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter, spicy and funky finish with a medium lingering dry spicy bitterness. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
VsXsV (2242) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, lemon peel, white pepper, bread and light grain. Taste is dry and light sweet with notes of lemon peel, white pepper and barnyard. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. OK.
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Funky and fruity smell with barnyard aromas. Light taste, fresh and funky with apples. Nice! I like the funk.
Hermod (3139) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Systembolaget. BBE 14 MAR 2015. Pours sligtly hazy, golden color, thick, quickly disappearing white head, lacing. Orange, citrus, mild barnyard notes and some mild spicyness, just an awesome aroma, so fruity. Flavor has orange, spices, belgian yeast, hops and again some faint barnyard notes. Dry, loong fruity finish. Topnotch saison. Crisp, fruity, refreshing. Glad I don’t have to share this bottle with anyone.
ninecats (138) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 650 ml. Somewhat hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head, some lacings. Aroma is yeasty and peppery touched with a fine citrus tone. Taste is herbal, citrus, peppery, yeasty and grassy. Medium body, medium carbo. The spicey flavours are somewhat dislocated from the rest and not quite on par with the complexity of a well balanced saison - still a good effort.
Vignale (2033) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB. Gyllenfärgad, disig, högt vitt skum. Fin funkig doft med mycket jästkaraktär, kryddor, örter och jordkällare. En klassisk men kraftfull saison. Fyllig, funkig karaktärsfull, kryddig och lätt pepprig utan av vara kryddsmakande, citruskaraktär. citronskalsbeska. Som hämtad från Belgien. Riktigt riktigt bra.
alexsdad06 (5362) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have pale bready malts, mild sweetness, peppery spice, lemon citrus, light herbal notes, grass. Decent, available saison.
c0fein (193) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from Systembolaget Passagen
Clear pale yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is crisp with some flowery and spices. Flavour is fairly dry with some tartness, grass, yeast and apple. Good.
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Clear, light yellow pour, with light lacing. Peachy funky smell, good taste, somewhat fruity, light fruits specifically. Light palate & bitterness. Very good beer, middle of the road as far as saisons go.
pilsnerrogge (2488) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy golden with a fluffy head; looks like Duvel.
Lots of sour funk in the aroma. Also some coriander.
Flavor is dry with lots of sour funk and coriander. Some alcohol in the finish.
A little bit too much funk for my liking. Simple.