mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2017
The Well, Brooklyn tap: pours gold with white head. Aroma is herby, straw, tad spicy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter. It has a certain butterscotch undertone. Not bad, but not my favorite kind. tapefuzz (531) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Draught. Pours clear yellow-gold with a medium, fluffy white head. Aroma is earth, pepper, and bubblegum. Taste is pepper, earth, yeast, lemon, lychee, light bubblegum, and a small amount of grain. Light body. Low carbonation. Silky slick mouthfeel. wombat23 (1421) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Draft at Vices et Versa, Montreal. Hazy yellow, white head. Fruity aroma with citrus and lemon. Taste is citrus, lemon, spice, Belgian yeast, white pepper, herbs. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Clear golden. Towering white froth persists for quite some time before settling into a tight and pasty covering. Expressive nose of airy, plastic-y and white peppery phenols, with notes of dandelion, gum, lychee, apricot, flower petals, grapefruit, orange zest and lemon. Mildly sulfurous as well. Fluffy and plentiful carbonation. Pepper-charged phenolics are quick to commence, as a surge of kumquat and lemon establishes balance and a juicy fullness. Refined pils malt lends considerable softness along with a toasty scratch akin to baguette and over-dried hay. A vivid spicy bitterness emerges from the moderately herbaceous hop signature, as the citric qualities increase in their vibrancy with a lemon balm effect which imparts contrasting luster. An orange zest characteristic creeps in with a bit of brashness alongside the resinous acidity, however. Remains unabashedly yeast-driven, though, with potent medicinal phenols and pepper adding to the vivacious mix. Not at all hollow, however, as the malt is very well-extracted and replete with body-aiding grip. Perceptible astringency results from a meatlike yeast note and overstated citric hops which throw a bit of resin and consequently mar the body’s otherwise lovely airy weightlessness and clean attenuation. Closes bitterly citric, yet faintly sprucelike and herbal, with a pillow of pils malt sealed with a black pepper fervency. A nice little brew this is. It’s a full-on phenol bomb, although it does lean toward the new world a bit more than I prefer. If they cleaned up the resin by abandoning the American hops and going all-noble, this would probably be a 4+, because the brewers obviously know how to create soul and balance and bring out all the beauty in their pils malt. A quality example. Now I just wish they would put a bottled-on date on their bottles.
swiseman (505) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 12, 2017
Pours a pale yellow with thick white head. Hops and maybe some old fruit in the aroma. Taste is strong fruit - sour apple and unripe pineapple. However, alcohol and bitterness also prominent. Hops dominate the finish. Great little sleeper pick.
Renobob (2064) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 26, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Belle blonde claire. Mousse blanche. Nez floral et herbeux. Palais délicat, equilibre parfait. Notes fruités et florales, un top de ce style. freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 21, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 75cl chez Renaud et Charlie,
Couleur blonde, belle mousse et effervescence moyenne
Nez sur la rhubarbe et la levure
Attaque levure saison bel équilibre avec les notes acides et fruitées de cette saison, quel bel équilibre ! UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAR 3, 2017
Brasserie Dunham _Saison Rustique_ Saison at 6% ABV 22 IBU _(C$8.62 at NLC Stavanger, 750 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 25-Feb-2017, reviewed 2-Mar-2017)_
Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of fluffy white head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: coriander, white pepper, lemon zest, yeast, light funk. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light funk. (7/10) Palate: Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lightly funky finish. (4/5)
A pleasant and quaffable Saison, despite the ABV tending slightly to the high side. Definitely worth looking for. (15/20)
7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com Khartnavi (23) - Goose Arm, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
750 mL bottle. Bought @ NLC. I’m not the biggest saison fan - I think I don’t mind this because it’s not the craziest saison. Kauge (1958) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2017
Tap sample at Birreria Volo. Light golden-amber with large off-white foam, head retention excellent. Moderate sweet farmhouse aroma, citric, perhaps apricots and... I can’t tell. Good. Tastes dry, fruity, clean and fresh. Carbonation zingy but not too active nor big-bubbled. Compared with Saison du Pinacle it’s obviously a lesser one but it’s still very fine.