brokensail (16631) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Pours a hazed golden color with a large white head. Really an interesting aroma. Nice floral, grassy, and yeasty notes to begin with. There is a pleasant fruitiness of raspberry, too. Unfortunately a bit metallic. The fruitiness is pronounced on the palate: nice raspberry and lemon notes. Plenty of grass, straw, and bread with a nice yeast bite. Not much in the way of pepper/phenolics, though. bu11zeye (13139) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a tall white head. Aroma of mustiness, orange peel, and coriander. Flavor of orange, funkiness, nutmeg, pepper, and yeast. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of bready-yeastiness, some citrus, spices and a little fruity. Tastes of citrus - lemony, fruity, and a lighter breadiness. Somewhat sweet with a lighter tart finish. Lively body with a clean finish. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle… GSRARO Throwdown… Pours a cloudy peach color with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Never-ending retention. Soapy, herbal, citrus nose. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Well-balanced, leaning only a touch on the sweet side with side notes of tangy funk and citrus zest. Lengthy, tangy, dry finish. A holla goes out to SoLan for sharin’ the goods! JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
Deep amber, very carbonated and gushery. The nose is a little bit earthy with light pineapple and spice as well as a touch of earthy cologne. Fairly musty/corky aroma along with a little bit of light tartness. A kiss of black pepper and fruitiness on the back. Light tobacco as well as some cherry pit vanilla-like flavour. Really damn tasty stuff.
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge, creamy, off-white, rocky head over a hazed golden body. Tons of CO2 on the nose, with a slightly phenolic character, tons of fruit, lemon, dried fruit, jam, berry, candied sugar and orange. Taste is apricot, pear, ginger and candied orange peel. Lively carbonation, dry mouthfeel and light bodied. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle shared with Kevin and Jeff as the last beer of our Friday night post MiBGF little tasting, I believe it was Jeff whom provided this:Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Golden hue with a small fizzy head and good lace. The aroma was tart peach and oranges, lemongrass, coriander, mineral water and clean pale malts. The taste is fruity and acidic with a pale malt and biscuity background. Some pepper and corriander background on the finish. The mouth feel is simply too lively and the bottle appears over primed but otherwise it worked okay. Once you let it sit for awhile and let the bubbles go away you found a respectable farmhouse ale. Would like to try this on tap to see the differences.
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, lemon grass, pineapple, and faint mustiness. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head with decent retention. The flavor starts with citrus and pineapple. There’s some light lemon grass in the background and also some light peach. The finish has some moderate lemon tartness. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation that stings the tongue. I really like the flavor but the prickly carbonation is really distracting and a big turnoff. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
In short: A rustic (dusty/rusty), spicy and citrusy Saison-ish ale with too much bubblesnotalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
How: Bottle 750ml corked and caged. Consumed when about 6 months of ageSent to me by dmschefke. Thanks a lot Dave
The look: Cloudy dark golden-orange body topped by large beige head that quickly settle down to a long lasting small beige head
In long: The pleasant nose is very rustic (but not wild) with notes of rust, old wood chest, dusty attic. Taste of biscuit malts, strong mouldy character, citrusy fruitiness, heavy water minerals, light spicy notes, some orange peels, some grass. I didn’t like the mouthfeel on this one with the fizzy carbonation (like a soda-pop) and the very oily texture. Got better as towards the end of the bottle when I was getting more yeast, just too fizzy sharp without the yeast. Finish appears dry but mainly because of spiciness and minerals. This beer has good potential but the carbonation was just too much and destroyed the subtle flavours of the beer, if any. Bubbles just don’t only cause stock market crashes and put millions out of work, they can do a lot worse and ruin a good beer.
One of two vintages sent to me by FlandersNed - the cork explodes out of this one, much like it has out of every other Arbor 750 I’ve ever had - fizzy, cloudy, rust-colored beer - nose of moderate sourness, dank, moldy cellar, citrus peels, and coriander, with honey sweetness underneath - the flavor starts too acidic and tart, and ends too sweet - I suppose I should hand it to them for accomplishing that - a very flabby beer - some casky, oaky sourness up front - lemon and other citrus through the middle - some grainy character on the back end - citrus sticks around as sweetness develops, adding a kind of kumquat sort of flavor - lingering acidity, but mostly sweet on the tail end - not really a saison - not really sure what I would classify it as other than a disappointment - let’s hope the other vintage I have is better than this one.