Jimthechap (1324) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good looking beer with an amber body, full, fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation. Fresh citrus and Saison yeast there but in no great volume. A twinge of tangy sourness evident in the aroma. That tanginess comes through in good measure at first taste and Champagne-like fruit. This is all at once tangy and sour. Good silky body and lingering spice and bitterness that fills the back of the mouth. This is a grand example of a saison but for the 8% alcohol content. Immensely enjoyable.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Sam - thanks mate! Cloudy orange-gold pour with a nice white head leaving heavy lace. Slightly funky, fruity nose. Medium body and fine carbonation. White grape, citrus, barnyard funk is moderate with some oakiness creeping in as it warms. There is also some yeast flavor and candy sweetness. Interestingly, clove and fenugreek are notable in the aftertaste, but the actual finish is fairly short, sweet and slightly spicy. Very good, although I prefer the drier saisons.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour grape and yeast come up first on the aroma scene floral tart notes fruity hops good white fluffy head nice size soft looking the carbonation working well at soft medium class barnyard funkyness taste orange yeast phenols clove taste medium bitter floral sweet maltiness honey refreshing aftertaste with the hoppy fruit heast inflence funky barnyard lasting bitter lovely seasonal ale
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful tropical hop notes underpinned by spicy/citrus saison yeast notes, all overlaid onto a crisp almost hay-like malt body.
maneliquor (2248) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beervana. Nice straw yellow with a large foamy white head. Citrus and farmhouse notes on the nose. Slight pepperness cuts through. Very clean and crisp citrus in the taste. Good saison
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap at Galbraith’s. Pours a brilliant yellow-gold, Small but perfectly formed snow-white head, good lacing. Pepper, Almost savoury yeast flavours with pepper, nutmeg and crisp lemon . Long finish. Light palate. Great character and balance.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just read the previous rating, and can only conclude the poor chap got a bad bottle. This beer almost glows in the glass, throws a giant pillowy white head. It’s a gentle, soft, enveloping, and slightly sweet beer. No sourness present at all. The aroma is excellent - delicate and malty aroma, reminding me of a mash tun on brew day. Hops are subdued, lightly fruity (like a very diluted fruit punch), and with maybe a hint of lemon. The finish is tart and refreshing. The only downside for me to this beer is a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, detracting from the refreshing nature of the beer. Still, at 8% perhaps the limiting effect on quaffing this provides is a good thing!
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ok, Her Majesty 2010 was my favourte ale of last year, and so while interested, I was also afeared of how the Yeasties would play with this year’s version of a Belgian style ale.
Well, yowser, a lot of funky saison yeast on the nose with this ’un. Very rich and frothy on the pour, but as I raise it to my nose to inhale and sip, the sourness is overpowering. A lot of hops on the tounge but this bitter sour flavour is starting to ruin it for me. Too much yeast? Too many hops? I don’t know, but while this ale fades to a nice rough hop finish the taste that remains in my mouth is sourness, and the carbonation makes me burp sour burps. I’m unconvinced.