erickok (6037) - 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. ads135 (4927) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Another great beer from De Molen. This saison is pretty dry, with lots of citrus and a little bit of grainy dirt. Tried at the Arendsnest in A’dam in 2013. hoferman (7) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012 does not count
Bottle bought at The Molen Brewery. I especially like the aroma; it is rich and fruity. Taste has a mild bitter tone, almost like sweet grapefruit. Hmm, I want an other one. uckelman (813) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Pours cloudy, lots of light-colored particles in suspension. Lacy white head quickly dissipates. Amber color. Aroma is hops, nectarines, very rich. Medium body, sweet but not sticky. Both sweet and hoppy/bitter, finish is warming. Excellent saison. DutchDrebus (6136) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle @ home. Dark orange colour with a full white head. Smells hops, fruity, grapefruit, fresh, malts. Tastes very hoppy, fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, fresh, bitter. Medium body, great carbo.
PhillyCraft (7738) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
On tap at Monks, pour is cloudy orange with medium head/lacing. Aromas is nice and hoppy, peach, light malts, and some wood. Taste is wet spicy wood, refreshing lemon hops. Cedar, columbus hops, wheat, citrus. Solid beer that reminded me of a gruit style with extra tropical notes. cgarvieuk (25744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Bottle at home ... golden amber ... bubbly white head ... soft sweet ... light yeasty nose ... light sweet zezty ... soft yeast ... mellow toffee malts ... floral hop ... little woody bitterness ... nice balance ... round full flavours ... nice thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy dark golden with a persistent head. Fruity and grassy hop nose. Nice hoppy punch with hints of tart fruit. A saison that kicks. 77ships (10844) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
33 cl. bottle @ home / purchased @ Hopduvel // amber with a touch of apricot / creamy off-white head, quite nice looking // floral hops & small touch fruity yeast & fruitiness on the nose// tastes initially quite fruity & sweet with caramel, apricot but goes quickly into a lingering bitter finish with herbal hops & spices, very lasting on the pallet, hard iron-rich water / old-school saison, feel & taste safe for the initial touch sweetness // fitting above medium carb. / touch yeast body / touch crisp // good saison rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle. Very nice golden/amber beer with a nice off white head. Hoppy perfume aroma, fruity, citrus, grapes, malt, bread, pine, hay, sourish notes. Hoppy flavor, perfume, pine, grass, hay, grapes, apples, spicy notes. Nice body. Maybe not a totally true saison, but very drinkable. Fruity hoppy finish with perfume notes.