Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s been a bit since I had this beer, but the thing that struck me most was a slightly pepper quality about the palate. Not peppery in a hop way, or even as an assertive note, but a kind of very subtle echo I sensed on the edges of my tongue. The saison wasn’t the best I’d tried, but that was a wholly unique quality for me to find in a beer. Fortunately, it was at a tasting and I was able to learn what it was. Care to guess? Of course--pepper. Quite an eye-opener.
angel77 (3113) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 24, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella 75 cl cortesía Fonso tomada en Belmonte 28..04..2017. Lote N 15 hasta antes finales 2018. (r1187). Color ámbar tostado con espuma blanca. Sabores maltas y cereales con toques ácidos frescos. Cuerpo medio con ligero amargo final suave algo herbáceos y cítricos frescos. Bastante buena para repetir sin duda.
adasko (2207) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 8, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly delicate and light beer for 8% abv. Super drinkable, rather crisp, refreshing.
mrjez (576) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CBB. An attractive cloudy honey gold with a great thick foamy head. Very funky nose, barnyard hay, yeast giving fruity esters, juicy pulpy citrus, evokes a classic saison. Plenty of citrus in the flavour, champagne grape, apple juice, apricot, tangy with lingering funky and sour notes. Slightly fizzy start but a full lush feel, a hint of booze noticeable. One of my fave styles done just how I like it.
Jimbo2 (396) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful golden colour. Aroma and gum and funky fruits. Slightly tart and intense, fruity bitterness. Funk!
superspak (5314) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2018. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light tart/tangy fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic saison. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/spiciness. Amazing yeast complexity and balancing malt character; while still remaining nicely drying, spicy, tart, and funky; despite having modest carbonation for the style. A highly enjoyable offering all around.
Johnstledger8 (1105) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 4, 2017
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden orange with a lasting fluffy white bubbly head. Aroma is of citrus, pineapple, exotic fruits, pepper, clove, caramel, bread. Taste is of citrus, grassy, more exotic fruits, pineapple, mango, caramel, spice, pepper, clove, coriander. Light oily mouthfeel, medium to hard carbonation.
YantarCoast (1249) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 4, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Craft Republic. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is spice, yeast, citrus. Taste is lemon, apricot, spice.
vinivini (1972) - Gomel, BELARUS - FEB 2, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy honey, huge white head, that stays. Yeasty nose. A bit wild. Very Belgian feel while tasting. Massively spicy. Minimal wildness. Pear. Other fruit. Light bitterness. Good.
Neurook (10) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honey, fruits and some barnyard in the nose. Leather, spices and citrus. Very complex.
Hazy orange color with a medium head that sticks around for a bit. Some lacing.
Sweet and fruity flavor up front, which is cut by a lactic sourness and some bitterness. Complex mix of spicy flavors with some hay and barnyard impressions, although these are very subtle. This has the dankness of overripe fruits you’d expect from some imperial IPAs only by way of yeast rather than hops.
Body is medium to full with tartness, carbonation and a semi-dry long finish keeping it from being cloying.
Note: I’ve had this multiple times, and this beer varies a lot from batch to batch (and even bottle to bottle). This rating represents only one such tasting, but I would confidently give a similar final score to other bottles I’ve had even if the specifics were different. Always an adventure this beer.
jonj (1) - Torshavn, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 25, 2017 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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