Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Older bomber from biergenot.be, cheers Davey! Thin but stable, egg-white, moussy head breaking quickly in the middle, over a warm, deep golden coloured beer with light orange hue, clear initially but misty with small yeast bits here and there as the bottle progresses and ending in a milky haze, with calm fizz dying out after a while. Aroma of buttermilk, persimmon, smokey overripe papaja, something sulfuric (probably yeast autolysis), dried lemon peel, fermenting hay, candied lemon, old sherry (the onset of oxidation, I presume), apricot, tomato, clove-like phenols, old cheese, mouldy orange, chicken spices, cigarette tobacco, toasted bread, mango, dry white wine, gin, old dry wormwood. Fruity, sweetish onset, some ’Belgian’ banana and gooseberry but restrainedly so, sourish undercurrent effectively balancing out this sweetness, hints of papaja and orange, softish carbo, slick and smooth malt body, caramelly with a bittering toasted edge in the end, enhanced by a spicy, leafy hop bitterness, yielding floral aromas retronasally and leaving a mildly but sufficiently bitter coating in the back of the mouth; caramelly malt sweetness lasts the longest, but there is a gin-like alcohol flavour far away at the back as well, which should not be this apparent in a 6.5% ABV beer, yet does not become wry anywhere; a lemon candy-like flavor lingers too, doubting between sweet and sour. Past its prime, that much is clear, but since 6.5% saisons should be able to survive some years of cellaring, this shows too many signs of autolysis already, with a less pleasant sulfuric effect as a result; I can, however, vividly imagine this being very crisp and quaffable when young (and more ’lively’ hoppy). Flavor is acceptable though, but, as with so many ’new generation saisons’ even in Belgium itself, I fail to see how this is a saison and not an ordinary Belgian blonde - it seems the difference, if any, has completely faded due to craft beer experimentation. Decent beer, but I think more carbonation and an overall ’drier’ profile would have make this qualify as a saison much more.
rumproasts (5318) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. hazy golden with one finger head. substantial coriander and clove with a light sweetness. some lemon notes. quite a hoppy finish with moderate bitterness.
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a pretty clean gold. Aroma is wheaty, fruity, light yeasty esters. Taste is only slightly funky with a lot of the yeast, ester, and banana notes I’d expect from a wit of hefe. Finishes with a grassy, perfumy fragrant bust. Not bad, but not necessarily what I would expect from something labeled as an American-style saison.
zgaier (1938) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a golden orange with a white head and aroma of yeast and lemon. Taste is of spices, yeast, lemon, bread and fruity notes leading a spiced, yeasty finish.
jjgmd (2107) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
With Z, watching the Viking - Seahawks playoff , pours a medium toned yellow gold color with an ephemeral white head . Nose is floral and yeasty with a light lemon scent. Taste is floral, with yeasty lemony notes, pleasantly so. Finishes on dry acidic yeasty notes ! Quaff Score 6 / 10
ineedbeer (2119) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle dated Nov. 2015. Aroma is nice with some pear and stone fruit notes with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus. Light pepper and other phenolic notes with a bit of grain. Pours a slightly hazy, bright yellow gold with a medium sized, thick white head with good retention. Medium to medium high lacing with faint legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with some light grain notes and a bit of cracker. Moderate bitterness with a bit of grass and woodsy hop notes. Light phenolic spice notes of pepper and clove. Some pear, citrus and tropical fruit with a bit of stone fruit as well. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice clean Saison. One of my favorites and I?m sad to see it go. Clean yeast with nice grain notes.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light golden with lots of carbonation and a big lacy head. Aroma id big brown sugar with lemon, banana, dough, and a very faint sulfury note. Flavor is very malt-forward, grainy breadiness, fennel seed, then lots of hay/grass, lemon, then bitter hops and a slightly phenolic end. Alcohol slightly present. A very solid, if simple saison.
Quick3Beers (1130) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden from a bottle, some lacing. Aroma of cloves, citrus. Flavor full of yeasty spiciness, more cloves (in a good way), definite barnyard. Well-balanced, good beer.
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Alon. Hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of fruity esters, spiciness, yeast. Sweetish flavor, fruity, yeasty, with a mildly bitterish and slightly spicy finish, with a light alcoholic note. Medium-bodied.
superspak (5303) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness/yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.