Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
In short: A dry pale Belgian ale with plenty of orange peels. Acceptabledeyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body topped by a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: Nose is a bit citrusy, orange peels and maybe a tiny tiny of barnyard. Not much classic Saison going on in the nose and only found faint traces of barnyard because I knew it was a Saison and I wanted to find some. Taste is more of the same. The beer uses orange peels and it is what dominates the beer. Bitter orange peels upfront with other citrus fruits in the back. I find that type of bitterness a bit aggressive. Overall the beer is quite dry and that’s its saving grace. It didn’t come through as much of a Saison to me, especially compared to their Uncle Daddy Saison I had 5 minutes before which was very Saison. I suppose it is hard to get the best out of a Saison in a gluten-free beer. Decent beer, no more. Anyway, I decided that going to the excellent Alchemist for a gluten-free beer was like going to a brothel to get a hug.
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear orangish gold with a large white head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma was full of light fruits with backing notes consisting of spice, light grain, light citrus and floral notes. Flavor was full of similar light fruits, particularly apple, with a relatively strong citrus note coming out in the finish. There were some backing notes of light grain and spice. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Tap at the Alchemist. Pours a mostly clear light golden yellow with a thin white head- leaves ok lace. Aroma is light phenolic yeast, but I get a strange slight solvent acetone thing going on which throws the the whole beer off- gritty grain and some light doughy notes, slight lemon zest. Flavor is toast, light grains, lemon, old cereal and cobwebby must with some apple juice notes, and a gritty tacky grain feel in the end which gets astringent. I wasn’t feeling this beer at all, especially compared to their other great beers which were on at the time. TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
En fût. Pinte dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de zestes d’oranges. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’oranges avec une pointe d’épices et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2957) MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
My Bottom Line:
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Zesty mandarine-like fruitiness floats around the firm sorghum flavors, creating a very drinkable and well-dried out Gluten-Free Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear golden.
-The citrusy fruitiness is important throughout, but never becomes overbearing.
-That sorghum flavor is surely one must get used to...
-The light body and prevalent fruitiness make this quenching.
-This is certainly more harmonious a flavor profile than that of the Celia IPA that was tried a few months back.
On tap at the brewpub.
Sampled this at the brewpub. Lightly hazy golden with orange highlights - head recedes but lasts. Aroma of some estery yeast and sorghum - grainy. Taste is yeasty with some esters and phenols - and the weird sorghum grain gets a bit annoying. This was a good example of a sorghum beer, but unfortunately without a crapload of hops to cover it up, I had a hard time enjoying it. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 20120805 Updated Bottle version - Cloudy golden color with very small white head. Aroma/flavor is spicy with bready yeasts... much better than I remember from the brewpub. Spicy finish... love it...
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a pale golden yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma was mildly spicy with some citrus and bready yeasts. Flavor was also spicy, some of which I attribute to the sorghum, with plenty of bread dough. Medium sour... a bit too for my idea of a Saison, but not unpleasant. Finish is slightly sour/tart, medium hoppy and clean. Not sure how the sorghum affected the production of his beer... although not a top effort, it is not a bad beer, but I see it as a bit of a "misfire" for such a quality brewer.