crazy_cat_lady (584) - - MAY 28, 2014
May 19, 2014. 750mL bottle from LCBO. Very pale golden yellow. BIg fluffy white head. Straw and lemon nose and flavours. Very refreshing. PtiBisc (29) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
This bear is great for a hot day. With it blond color and its sweet refreshing taste, its great for any occasions. A light taste of sugar with a small punch of bitterness, its well balanced. Cheers! czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
pours hazy bright golden with a towering foamy white head, excellent retention and lacing. breadied malts, citrus, yet very herbal, spicy, floral, yeasty, light pepper, oranges, light vanilla. hint of sweetness - tad too malty. lively, medium body - oily, very nice short but fairly present citrusy finish - the kind that makes want another sip right away! charlevoix’s lupulus feeling here, hop-wise. just WOW. grflegg (3) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015 does not count
Firstly, I’d like to note I bought this bottle in QC. Is drastically fresher than if I’d waited for it to come to Alberta (and a third of the price). It pours a shade of gold with a tight, billowing head that gradually comes down to a nice cap. The nose shows banana and hay, both of which come through in the taste backed up by a spiced characteristic, transitioning well into a moderately low bitterness English hop. Despite a sweet honeyed flavor in the finish, it comes out off-dry by the end. The body is very crisp, and surprisingly clean for a saison. A high carbonation profile might be helping in that, but is no less pleasant for it. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy light gold, attractive white head, really just about the perfect looking beer. Aroma is pale malts with a delicate balance of yeast driven spice and some subtle grassy hopping on the finish. Flavor here is a match. I can’t adequately describe how perfectly balanced everything is in this beer - it all just hangs together perfectly, and hits a great mix of being complex yet "drinkable." A truly superb saison.
UXO (1896) - CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours clear deep gold with two fat fingers of pillowy white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate to heavy lacing (4/5). Nose is hay, banana, cloves, slight barnyard, grassy hops (9/10). Taste is moderate sweet, moderate to strong bitter (9/10). Light to medium body, prickly sustained carbonation, lingering bitter finish (4/5).
Excellent. Very much a farmhouse style saison, yet I find it reminds me of a Belgian Tripel like Duvel. Some might dislike the somewhat aggressive carbonation, but I enjoy the additional crispness and sharpness it provides - no tongue coating here. The slight barnyard funk on the nose also turns into a decently sharp brett-like edge on the tongue, making this feel more bitter than its 35 IBU. Not sure I’d want to cellar this one much longer if that really is brettanomyces, though - it might get a little unbalanced. Best to drink this one on the fresh side, I think, and this one was just over six months old. Really very enjoyable and another example of a world-class Belgian style being brewed in Canada. (18/20) barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. slightly hazed golden with a big lasting white head. pils malt and yeasty esters in the nose. simple and elegant. very pure, true to style, old world saison. delightful lesifflebiere (1887) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
D’un blond éclatant, formant une copieuse mousse blanche, elle libère des notes de céréales fraîches et de houblons. Mince et effervescente, elle est sèche en bouche, délivrant en toute finale ses touches poivrées caractéristiques des saisons belges. Savoureuse, relativement complexe, elle est fidèle au style tout en étant à part sur le marché québécois. Une merveilleuse addition à la série des Sainte-Réserve, désaltérante mais excessivement délicieuse à la fois. Un pur bonheur. Yeyeboy (8) - - JUN 10, 2014 does not count
Excellente saison! Très goûteuse et rafraîchissante! Un bon goût d'agrumes et une amertume franche!
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750mL bottled 5/27/15, drunk 10/20/15.
Big pop from the cap, followed by a highly clear, brilliant, sparkling golden liquid issuing forth. A very large white head sits atop with strong retention. Sediment left behind on the bottom. So far so good.
Wow, that is refreshing to smell....after nearly being beaten in to submission by sour saisons, barrel aged saisons, fruited saisons, non-saison saisons, American saisons, etc....I think this is actually a saison! Baked bread, dough, black and white pepper, delightfully spicy hops and very low fruitiness, with light mustiness, earthiness and cellar qualities. Very light malt qualities overall, or I should say, nicely attenuated. The only drawback/flaw I found was a fairly prominent compound from what I associate with adjunct sugar fermentation (sort of vaguely vanillin-cotton candyish); not sure the culprit, as I can’t imagine they used candi sugar. Could just be too much dextrose in the bottle conditioning. No alcohol noted.
In the mouth, the beer follows from the nose. Delightful baked grains, honey and a near perfect amount of bitterness/hop apparency. Noble hops galore, with none of the American-hopped saison madness traits. The attenuation is spot-on, being more dry than Dupont (though a bit less hoppy too keep the balance) and about on par with Blaugies. Delightful phenols, no alcohol and a wonderfully creamy, tightly carbonated, unfiltered texture. A touch of vanilla/cake icing-like flavor and perhaps just a bit of vegetal character from the hops, but these are nitpicked very minor qualms. By and large this is a fantastically drinkable saison in the best sense of the word. One I’d happily put right up with the best Belgian/French examples. Been a LONG time since I’ve had what was once one of my favorite breweries on the East Coast and it’s good to see that they are still absolutely killing it! Cheers and thanks for the bottle, Youri!