hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (connoisseur session). Popured a cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, yeast and light leather. Softer tastes of the same with a light spiciness. Lightly tart. hopscotch (11180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Bottle... C&P’sLYFO Throwdown... Clear amber/copper ale with a little, fizzy, white head. The aroma, to me, mainly suggests ginger and sassafras. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Bitter, spicy and thin. Abrasive, moderately bitter, dry finish. Not quite my cup of tea, but thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing the bottle! Most attendees really seemed to like it. * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Aroma is full of some anise aromas, earth and maybe a bit of yeast. Flavor is spicy and malty. This was a very good brew. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
I was pleased to see this one on draft yesterday. The beer arrived deep brownish in color, with a minimal white head. The aroma was very complex, providing hints of caramel malt, spicy florals, some fruit, and even some roasty malty porter type aroma notes. The aroma had bananas, nuts, caramel, tobacco, some dark chocolate, cabernet, floral citrus, and peaty barnyardy notes. The beer changed as it warmed, also. It started as a sort of dunkleweizen/saison/scotch ale hybrid, yet as it warmed, I noted more red winey grapey notes, no doubt provided by the Dupont yeast strain that is used in this. It developed hints of a less intense and non-sour Flemish red as it warmed, while retaining the base hybrid scotch ale/saison/dunkleweis elements. One of the more complex beers I have had, and one that begs for more investigation on my part. Well done, Scott Morrison. sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09
Pours amber with thin white head leaving nice light golden lacing.
Aroma is very fresh loaded with what seemed licorice and medicinal herbs.
Taste fruity, herbal and spices very fresh and some licorice and rhubarb. tasty and was extremely fresh on the palate.
A fine Saison.
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2005
The Lure:JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Funky figs leaking onto speaking brett. Piney hops preaching to the caramel malt, in turn teaching the grapey fruitiness to blend in. Superbly intriguing.
Exultant peaches and indulgent earth touch the pregnant brett wilderness and the poignant fig sweetness. Rampant complexity meets touching drinkability.
Ogling fall foliage.
Growler shared by dickensonbeer at the Rosso release. Very dark brown beer with a light tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Soft fruit and a bit of light sweet spiciness. There is a bit of licorice and a kiss of toasted wheat/rye spiciness as well. Light citrusy note with a kiss of light mintiness toward the back. The flavour is a bit grainy with a bit of soft herbal flavour. As it warms, there are a few overly sweet notes as well, but overall, it’s a pretty nice beer. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Draught at Kennett Square Brewfest October 2005egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Hazy, deep caramel brown colored beer, with some light mahogany and tan/beige tones. Fluffy beige head is moderately slow to recede, but eventually does mostly, leaving fair lacing on the glass.
The aroma seemed to be quite subtle for a dark malted saison. Soft floral hop notes, with fresh cut herbs and wintergreen-like esters. Sticky, yet still mostly dry caramel notes combine with a light, unfiltered graininess to provide light wood notes. Growing lightly vinous as it warmed, but not nearly as much as many of the other American Dark Saisons (Heavyweight, Shed). The fruits remain rather reserved, while a sweet vanilla and choco-caramel malt seem to take over. I didn’t find near as much playful yeastiness and found simply too much sweetness. Soft and balanced sweetness, but malty sweetness nonetheless, which overtook the hop and yeast apparency.
Flavor is a soft, round (with a bit of toasty, grainy brown malts) caramel and graham cracker sweetness, cut with juicy, green herbal/floral hops, though quite reserved on the hoppiness and especially so on the bitterness. A late note of some phenolic yeast qualities attempts to break the sweetness, with some punchy fruitiness (plums, currants, mangoes, raisins) but it’s not enough to break through the malt, in my mind, anyways. Though I keep alluding to being disappointed by the maltiness, I should certainly make note that I loved the ample, well-extracted malt, especially the creamy, soothing texture it provided, but comparing this to something like, La Moneuse Winter, it just comes up short on saison complexity (yeast character). Though to it’s credit, it’s better to be more reserved with your yeast than take the other route, which most American brewers do, leading to meaty, yeast-thick, fatiguing beers.
Poured a hazy brownish gold color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, nuts, spices, citrus fruits, and light yeastiness. Taste of citrus, some caramel malts, light spices, some faint roast in the background, and no alcohol anywhere to be found. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Yellow to ivory cream lasts and laces above the opaque cloudy medium to dark amber-orange body. From the first sniff… you know you’re gonna take a lot more sniffs. It might be the subtle maltiness, suggesting toasted bread now, cookies and honey then. Or it might be the delicious, delicate floral, grassy, perfumey and leafy noble hops. But even more likely, it might be the way that wonderful yeast strain ties them together through a flavour maze of cobwebs, old books, dough, must and all the farmhouse classics. Complex underlying fruitiness, namely honeymelon. Funky, phenolic. Medium bodied, very soft carbonation, yet the palate feels a bit foamy. Now that is a dark saison. Morrison, whose 2 previous saisons I had never fully understood the hype one scores a 3 points on this one. Complex, dry, funky and cohesive, what more do you want? Absolutely world-class.