skrip (188) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017 Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
September 5, 2011.
Pours between goldenrod and dark goldenrod with a huge, pillowy six-finger head. It’s unfiltered and lightly hazy, though still fairly radiant. I let the head settle and poured another two ounces of beer in and the head erupted upwards again; when it broke the invisible threshold of the top of the glass, it looked like a flower blooming.
Lots of bright citrus and fresh hay on the nose, though the whole experience has a certain musty, barn-like quality to it, like entering a stable on a bright summer day after it’s rained. A strong green/young floral quality bursts forth as well. Increasingly floral as it opens up.
Opens with a clean wheatiness which the yeast transforms into a grassy and nutty wheat background and conduit for the strong earthy and floral components of the saison. Mildly spicy phenols are present mid-palate which, combined with the dandelions, make me think of bitter leafy greens. Floral through and through, but not as over-the-head as, say, Mamouche.
Light-medium in body with very lively carbonation. Pleasantly dry, especially on the finish.
At first sip, I thought this wasn’t as complex as some of Shaun’s saisons, but that’s not really the case. Different, yes, but still fantastically executed. Vera Mae screams Spring, the sun, fresh grass, flowers.
750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish chalace
A~ golden orange with lots of head!
S~ pepper, citrus, tad bit of funk and oh soooo sweet!
T~ holy sour! apples, pears, lemons, limes, pepper, and the list goes on! its like the nicest mix between an amazing gueuze and a fantastic saison.
M~ great tartness and really nice carbonation. sour all the way down!
O~ i can never get enough! after every HF saison i just wanna try another, they just keep getting better. this might be the best one i’ve had so far but... i’ve probably said that before haha. so yeah... just try it already! ljthiessen (1348) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle. Pale cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is fairly light, mostly lemon zest, a little floral. Taste is pretty tart up front, lighter body but plenty of flavour, some floral notes as well. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle, RBSG. Mild Brett aroma, barnyard with yeasty esters. Hazy pale gold with thin white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Great flavor. Floral with sweet orange, funky Brett with light bitter finish and lots of floral/fruity notes in the after. JStax (6502) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle shared at RBSG. The beer is a clear gold with a white head of foam. Grass, honey, citrus, juicy. Sweet and refreshing. Medium body and medium carbonation. bursprak (3205) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle @ "Where is Rasmus? v. 1.0". Cloudy golden pour with a frothy head. Tons of floral notes, dandelions, elderflowers, lavender, crisp, light honey sweetness, funk and a subtle tartness. Surprisingly good!
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2016
750mL bottled 7/9/15, drunk with Nelson on 6/3/16.Klimaet (2594) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2016
Big white head despite the dandelions (which I would think would inhibit retention/formation). Blonde-golden body with a touch of deeper brass and a high clarity.
Divine nose blooming with heavy, heavy minerality. Is this a glass of wine?? My mineral descriptors aren’t very good, but this is bursting with well water and white Burgundy wine notes. Light to moderate souring agents show through, as well as a delightfully dainty black pepper phenol character. Soft wheat and/or base malt delicateness behind it adds very light biscuit/cracker. Just incredibly understated with light floral notes on the finish and no alcohol or flaw.
The flavor mirrors the aroma, lending floral notes to the stone-like minerality and with yeast (and maybe the dandelion?) adding very easygoing, mildly tart nectarine/unripened apricot. Very low sweetness, but plenty of body, with a tight carbonation, as always and peppery phenols on the end. Really the perfect storm of fruity esters, tart acids, pepper phenols, minerals and biscuit/cracker/honey-like maltiness. As with many of their beers, they grow on you considerably during the course of the bottle and by the end you’re left pretty stupefied at just how subtle and good the beers are. A great beer, right up there with my favorites (Ann, Anna, Art, Norma, Edith, Clara....)
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Bottle thanks to bursprak. Pours hazy orange with a big white head. Aroma is very floral, honey, tea, esters, citrussy, elderflower. Taste is estery, straw, citrussy, elderflower, honey sweetness, herbal. GIJOE (1204) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours a pale orange color with a thin white head; copious lacing. Nose is a touch musty with lemon, honey, bread, and some floral notes. Taste is moderately sweet, but exquisitely balanced. Nice tartness in the finish. Medium bodied; soft carbonation. Loved it! knickskicks (1162) - - MAY 14, 2016
Golden pour, whispy white head. Nose is very floral, lemon, funk, fresh water. Taste is tart and lemony, honey, oaky, floral. haukur (1957) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 27, 2016
Coudy pale yellow with a firm head. Some hint of dandelion milk in the aroma, usual lemony HF character, some funk notes. Very vinous. Very nice again from HF