Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2012
Tap @ De Molen. Aroma is fruity, slightly sweaty, some floral hops and a bit grassy. Flavor is smooth, hoppy and a bit funky. Slightly out of balance. Still a nice brew though. Proeferius (132) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2012
bottle @ home nice fruity aroma, little head and little carbonation. Taste of grapefruit and nice bitterness. A very nice saison and a bit more CO2 would make it even better. PotjeBier (3941) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2012
33 cl bottle from De Bierkoning @ home. Amber color, a bit hazy. Aroma: caramel, sweetish fruit, a bit herbal. Retronasal aroma shows sourness/ sour fruit and some hopbitterness. Flavor is lightly bitter, a bit malty, caramellish. Mild bitter finish. Nice interpretation of the style, it does remind me of Belgian saisons of long ago. BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2012
33cl, new Dutch brew Anno 2012, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex brew, spicy/fruity and slightly bitter/sweet, easy to drink, balanced, hazy, small head, good brew erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Finally a saison by De Molen (that I can try)... Looks okay, medium brown, almost clear and with a small creamy beige head. Very nice aromatic smell with distinct spicy yeast and fragrant fruity hops. Lots of character but in no way overwhelming or overdone. Taste starts with a short solid malt base that’s a not overly heavy and provides a easily drinkable base. But quickly this is transformed by the introduction of tasty and even fierce bitterness, which expecially shows itself in the long fading aftertaste. This, then is something I was anticipating for some time and quite different from most of De Molen’s beers. Do I like it? It’s awesome. Without pretending to be an original Belgian (or French) saison, it shows itself with modern strengths in hoppy bitterness, standing on the shoulders of giants. Where the big Imperial Stout (and maybe Barley Wines) are De Molen’s signature, this, for me, sets it apart from brewers relying on merely high class ingredients, instead showing that recipes are still front runners in a beer’s quality.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle @ home. Bottled 13/01, so very young..
Aroma has loads of red fruit, almost candy-like, some spice and barn. Flowery as it warms up. Flavour is again loads of red fruit, very light touch of funk, unplacable (hop?) bitterness, some spice in the finish. Already interesting, but I bet this will be more and more awesome over time. Gonna go get some more and do a monthly checkup :)