corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
750ml cellared since it’s release and opened at the Et tu Brut release.
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a half finger white head that quickly disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.
Slightly musty farmhouse aroma that still surprising has an earthy hop presence. Floral with grassy pine needle, farmhouse funk, peppery spice and bready yeast. Hops are somewhat muted and one dimensional at this point but still stand out. Decent amount of farmhouse funk in the nose a lot with ester-y light fruit notes, notably apple and pear.
On the lighter end of medium body with tight carbonation and a somewhat stale hop flavor lingering over peppery spice, bread/yeast notes and light fruit. Some spice and farmhouse funk in there with pepper, clove and ginger along with musty bugs and earthy saison yeast. Pale malt backbone with hints of apple, pear and hibiscus. Decent but a bit past it’s prime. BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours murky orange with an off-white head. lots of carbonation. Aroma is of malt, yeast, bread, banana, clove, and citrus. Taste is very bready with lots of citrus and clove. Fair amount of banana and even some lemon. Very light spice taste is hidden among everything else. Has a very dry malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Lingering taste of spice and clove. Extremely fizzy, like a soda but easy to drink. I enjoyed it. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] Pours clear gold with a large off-white head. Aroma is juicy orange, vanilla, slightly musty, and a hint of pineapple. Flavor is moderately sweet, juicy orange pulp, with medium body, a lingering dryness, slight bitterness, light tartness, and some lemon in there as well. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Sampled at Beerlando’s Throwdown. Hazy dark straw pour, thin even white head. Floral chalky aroma, mild. Mild grainy taste, slight earthy and floral characters present, some citrus, refreshing. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
In an effort to knock out the rest of my backlog, my ratings will be fairly generic and sparse. If the beer had anything special to offer, it will be noted following this disclaimer. The number ratings above are accurate based on my tasting notes. Following the elimination of my backlog, all beers will be entered in real time and will be more useful. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2009
Thanks to Kramer for the trade. Great saison. Spices and fruit blend perfectly with a good amount of citrus. Nice.
(bottle thanks MatSciGuy!) Pours hazy orange with some particles and a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of hay, must, pepper, coriander, and a bit of funk as well. The taste has a bit of peach, coriander, funk, with plenty of yeast on the finish. After warming some more, the aroma takes on more fruity characteristics of mandarin orange and strawberry. The taste has some orange zest and the finish is lightly bitter as well. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. This was a quality saison. Thanks again, Levi! tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
750ml bottle. Bottom of the bottle pour. Aroma initially of mildly spicy yeast. Lighter notes of musty/cobwebby basement. White pepper, lemongrass. Bready (wet bread) pale malts. Pours murky, cloudy gold with a slightly resilient white head. Moderate streaky lacing. Flavor is moderately yeasty. Lightly fruity. Dusty and cobwebby. Fruit rind. Minimal spice. Slightly medicinal and herbal. Lush and creamy texture with a lengthy, yeasty finish. Highly drinkable. Not overly complex but without any major flaws. Thanks Levi! sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2009
[Bottle, thanks MatSciGuy!] Pours dark golden with a big, slightly off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, with raspberry, blackberry, and coriander. Taste has a light hint of sweetness, then coriander, light acidity, alcohol. Malt really comes out towards the back. Liked it less as it warmed a little--coriander really came out, and there was a very sharp lingering bitterness (that seemed out of place) in the finish. Medium-thin mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, dry finish that is quite long. Overall a nice saison that would be very sessionable, but falls short of some of the great ones. Thanks again, Levi! beernbourbon (1609) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to lukin013. Pour is deep cloudy golden with a huge rocky white head. Aroma is black pepper, orange, coriander, hay and barnyard funk. Very true to saison style. Flavor is very true to nose with a nice pepper bite and a clean wheaty flavor. Dry hops detectable in finish along with orange and clove. Very rich and full example of the style. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
750ml bottle, aged at least 6 months. Pours a cloudy, glowing, golden-orange colored body with a dense, lasting head of meringue foam. Sticky, pronounced clumps of cloud-like lace cling to the glass. The aroma begins with a subdued malt base of fresh, honey kissed cereal grain. From there, lemon peel esters, grassy hops, and peppery, bready yeast take over, imparting fresh, fruity, spicy overtones throughout. It smells very Belgian, quite authentic for the style. Flavors are quite dry and grassy for the style, clearly a hoppy example, with a strong peppery influence, citrus peel, coriander, and grains of paradise. Dry, aged hops linger, lemongrass and summertime spices going long. The palate is dry and effervescent, which intensifies the peppery spice notes. Medium bodied and drinkable, it’s got a very summertime feel. Very good saison.