BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Batch #9 (8.1%) bottle. Pours with crystal clear, pale golden hued body with a somewhat quick to fade, bubbly white head. Aromas are spicy, bitter, caramel, lots of phenol, medium hop presence, apple, oats, light spice (cinnamon), pepper. Earthy, lightly pie like (biscuity/bready), floral, elderflower. Flavors are dry, and lightly acidic, slightly watery, light apple, medium yeasty phenol. Mild malt character, dry, light coriander. Quenching. Lively bubbles, bitterness to balance, mild acidity. Thin. Good, but misses the mark slightly due to how fermentable the apple must is (leaves the beer dry, thin and somewhat watery). Malic acid keeps things bright. Wavering on whether this is a okay (interesting) beer or a good (interesting) beer. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
The beer is a cloudy golden yellow/straw color with a white head. An interesting aroma. Lots of apple and a touch of tartness, but it’s got a big spice character to it (mostly cinnamon and clove). Quite a bit of yeast and a light medicinal note. The flavor is almost potpourri-like: very spicy and floral. Some apple, but not quite the sourness I was anticipating. Lots of bread and yeast flavors to it as well. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours a nice hazy pale gold with a finger of expanding white head. The sourness really translates well through the nose plus a mix of clove, banana, ester, the base beer smells lovely. The taste is excellently balanced - all the staple characteristic of a good saison topped with a tart/sour blend of sweet fruits. Very refreshing beer. I’d definitely recommend this one. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Release #6 with an ABV of 7.8%.
3.0 A: Big carbonation in this one. First pour yielded five fingers of head. Hazed golden wheat color with a slight greenish tint. Big foamy white head with average retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.
4.5 S: Very exciting and complex nose. Sour apples are certainly present. Mindbogling array of spices with corriander, grains of paradise, and anise leading the way. Underneath that there is cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. The base is a fruity/funky combo with apple orchard, earthiness, and a slight woodiness.
4.0 T: The spices coalesce to bring about a potent herbalness. The corriander, grains, cinnamon, and clove hold their individual identities well. Sour apples aren’t as strong as I thought they’d be, but instead it plays a welcomed complementary role. Good funk, earth, and fruitiness from the parts mentioned above. Orchard, autumn, woody, hay, damp earth.
5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active, spritzy carbonation. Solid creaminess as well. Everything I could ever ask for in a saison.
4.5 D: I’m a little baffled by the rather mediocre reviews. Perhaps the older batches weren’t as good. I find this to be one of the better saisons I’ve had in a long time. Solid flavors that work together and a kick ass mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-15-2012 01:28:31 Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Bomber. Poured cloudy straw golden with a dense white head. The aroma picked up sour apples, cloves, and grains of paradise, with peppery notes on the back of the nose.. very interesting. The flavor found more of the same, tart spices throughout, with sour apple skins giving more of an essence.. tart Jolly Ranchery finish complemented by some tasty spices. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. spicy, a bit sour, and engaging.. nice one.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. A spicey saison with not much apple present. Clove spice is strong and hides any rustic farmhouse character. Not much hay, funk or other characteristics coming through. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Release #9. Yellow green pour with almost no head and a little fizz. Aroma is apples, yeast, some Belgian spice. A bit of phenol and nail polish remover. Flavor is tart, light apple notes. Some interesting things going on here. Tasty beer but a little plastic on the back end. I like it. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Release #5; 8.1% ABV
Super hazy light golden coloured body with a thin, fast-dying white head that leaves a pretty ugly and large-bubbled thin layer atop the beer. Aroma of wheat, coriander seed, yeast, dry hops, corn and a faint amount of apples. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a lot of pungent wheat and yeast right behind and a grassy and hay like quality that is synonymous with a saison. Aftertaste shows the faintest bit of fruit (pears to me, but apples, theoretically) then a big hit of yeast, wheat, hay, grass, coriander seed (tons) and a bunch of light grassy hops. Overall, an interesting beer that is much more on the traditional saison side rather than any attempt at tucking fruit in this one - a good dry saison with a touch of sweetness in the form of fruit. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-July-2011 for US$6.95 sampled at home in Washington on 13-March-2012. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours clear, pale golden. Fine white head that recedes. Nose of nutmeg, clove, lemon zest, grain, coriander. Once on the palate, yeast, lemon, wheat, straw, champagne characteristics. Faint sour apple finish. Crisp and ABV well hidden as it's sneaky drinkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/14/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Release #2.
This is definitely a gusher. A loud pop and a burst of fog out of the bottle when I open it inform me that I need to pour it immediately. A monster fizzy off-white head forms, bubbling away rapidly to almost nothing. After a few seconds, a lot of carbonation helps to create the head anew. A very strange head for sure. The beer itself is a faded cloudy grapefruit juice color.
The aroma is on the light side. Some granny smith apple aroma works with a like biscuity malt. Some pilsner malt and wheat and some peppery spice are noticeable as well.
The flavor starts with a slightly tart green apple flavor before the malt really comes into play. Light malt has a light wheat flavor, and there is an earthy spiciness toward the middle. Some grass and hay fill out the back end.
Very bubbly and fizzy carbonation, with a body that is on the heavy side for the style. Slightly tart.
I was able to easily drink my glass of this, but it was not the best example of a style I don’t like that much, so I won’t be revisiting it in the future.