marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle shared by Ron at Capitol Beer. Pours light golden with anice white head and a rosemary and citrus aroma. There is a sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of rosemary and sage. Quite interesting. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Collabeeration between New Belgium and Elysian (as usual)
Odd, the bottles says brewed and bottled by New Belgium, Seattle, WA?
Pours a diaphanous golden ale with a fleeting fingers of white, soapy foam. No lace to speak of. Smell hits me initially with what seems like a squash smell. This blooms and offers some sweet wheat smells, yeast, soil and just the slightest rosemary. I can’t really smell the sage personally.
The rosemary pairs well with the yeast, although it was not immediately satisfying, the sage showcases here albeit subtly. There was a split second then I thought it was really nasty, but then the beer was able to develop a bit in the mouth. Has a nice floral character to it with some lemon and even a faint praline taste on the finish (which I totally did not expect from a saison). The beer is medium bodied with a full carb and semi wet finish.
This was interesting, but didn’t really meet the criteria adverted on the bottle very assertively. I wouldn’t purchase again, and I won’t advise others to seek it out, but cool to try.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2012 GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Slightly hazy yellow with a pale head. Aroma is apricot, peach blossom, olive, hint of green peppercorn. Well balanced palate with a fruity, bittersweet finish. Taste is green olive, dill, apricot jam. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of rosemary and sage, with a little bit of biscuit malt and some yeast. The flavor is similar, I get a ton of sage and rosemary up front, with some orange and lemon notes coming through as well. There is also some biscuit malt and yeast in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
In short: An original spicy and rustic blond ale. Something you need to try.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 6 months after first bottle rating (so maybe less than six months old if brewed more than once). Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a small white head.
In long: Nose is not the overload of spices I was afraid it would be, it is actually an interesting mix of cooking spices that include rosemary, basil, Italian seasoning that I put in my spaghetti sauce, and more... The rustic Saison yeast mingles very well with the spiciness and creates an inviting spicy rustic aroma. In mouth the sage is much more prominent and creates that ‘heaviness’ in the flavor that sage is good for when cooking (I know because of my sage-lover wife), there is also a nice thick banana bread sensation (does this beer use lots of wheat?), notes of rosemary thyme, nice farmhouse character, dried countryside flowers. This is a very atypical beer, something that will please some people and turn of others. I personally liked this beer a lot although it upsets me that New Belgium are able to provide their fans with The Trip I through The Trip XI in only a few years while after many many years people like me are still anxiously awaiting the release of Deep Throat VII.
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of sage, rosemary, yeast, and kumquats. Flavor of kumquats, sage, rosemary, and stone fruit. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, golden color with herbal, sage aromas,flavors of sweet herbals and cherries, great body and finish thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of honey, rosemary, sweet grain, sugary. Taste of sweet fresh grain, honey, apple, more like a mead. Interesting. DuffMan (10433) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle, shared with my wife. Hazy light amber-gold, with a modest white head that retains poorly. Aroma is sweet and lightly herbal, more yeasty than anything. Sweet fruity palate, green grapes, honeydew melon, with light perfumey sage (none of the earthiness that I associate with fresh sage though). Too sweet and not dry enough to fit my criteria for a fine saison, but as a tasty belgian style ale it was great. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Blond with finger white head. Smell is spicy, pepper, and light funk. The funk comes out in the taste, bit of fruit, straw, very drinkable. Pretty good