Reynolds314 (3421) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crazy strange style which is tart and smokey at the same time. Good for what it is but comes off a bit disjointed. Dont get much of the odd flavors that are added not that i know what sweet gale tastes like.
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good smoked malts flavors, some good and spices, great flavors I really like it
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a tall off-white foamy head. Aroma of smoke, sausage, and grass. Flavor of smoke, pepper, herbs, and sausage.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy gold with a thick, foamy white head and lacing. It has an aroma of smoke and malt. The flavor is light smoke and malt up front with a medium malt backbone and slightly sweet and sour finish over a medium body.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rederic (3330) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, hazy honey gold hue, with a frothy rocky white head, with a yeasty, ripe apple, pear fruity esters, with a doughy, birchwood, beechwood, pale, pilsener, smoked malt nose, with some rye, wheat, muesli cereal, spicy herbal notes, with a faint dry juniper, blueberry accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, doughy, fruity, pilsener, wheat, rye, toasted, beechwood smoked malt character, with some light flowery earthy leafy, tobacco, citrus hop, faint spicy herbal flaovurs, with a faint burnt wood, burnt toast, wild blueberry, juniper undertone, leading towards a yeasty, doughy, fruity, birchwood, rye, wheat smoky maltiness, light lingering green earthy tobacco, grassy, leafy hop bitterness finish.
Theydon_Bois (18692) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dennis at the Tulip inn, Bodegraven, 28/09/13.
Lightly hazed pale golden with a thin off white head.
Nose is smoked malt, cereals, straw, smoked gammon.
Taste comprises more subtle smokey notes, toasted malts, sugar, straw, lightly charred wood.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation.
An OK smoked affair, pretty subtle in the flavours.
Fred82 (2250) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from IPB. Rated on Android App. Pale yellow white foamy head
nose Smokey malt with some wheat. Saison yeast some spices. Light rosewater.
Taste smokey malt with wood and very light smoked ham. Saison yeast with spices. Some wheat with rosewater.
Long head retention big foamy white head.
Overall interesting and pretty unqiue but nothing really worth having again.
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle - kindly shared by Dennoman, sampled with FX Cannelle and Romain VeryNiceGuy at the pre-BBF13 tasting. Pours hazy light yellow with a soapy steady head. Aromas of smoked bacon, some sunflower buttery tohc, floral notes and lime. Lots of carbonation prickling in the nose. Light medium body, sweet and a light bitter finish. Pecullar beer; light and drinkable but a tad too much sweetness for the body of the beer; 4th and 5th sip are leass agreeable than the first ones.
harrisoni (17994) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in hotel Tulip Bodegraven. Hazy gold colour lasting white head. Smokey aroma. It’s got some ok pale malt and then more smoke on the finish. Never too much though. Decent I thought.
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
Wooden smoke, yellow pear esters and bay leaves ride this brew’s excited effervescence, leading to a bubbly, yeasty and smoky finish.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam sits atop the misty gold.
-This is basically halfway between a Saison and the Gotlandsdricka I had years ago. Carbonation is through the roof (Saison-like), yeast character is rather expressive (Saison-like), but the flavors imparted by the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of that Gotlandsdricka (salient wooden smoke, rye, fruity leaves, etc.)
-The only other beer I can think of which is similar to this one is Hopfenstark’s Boson de Higgs.
-The very high levels of carbonation get in the way of the finish, washing away most of the complexities.