ads135 (5235) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Very good saison with a deep earthiness and complex yeast character. Dry and pleasant. A slick feel a bright appearance. tmoreau (4818) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2017
On tap at the Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn, IL., and snifter served showing a hazed, medium gold color, with a presentable layer of white froth, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was lightly floral, soft malt, subtle, "grandma’s attic" funk, lemony citrus, and a touch of Tang-like, orange breakfast drink that introduced a bit of sweetness. Light to medium bodied, with decent effervescence, the flavor was similar notes, with slight tartness, a distinct, earthy bitterness that seemed to intensify as the tasting progressed, and a decidedly dry finish. Very appealing farmhouse ale. jbruner (5673) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours a hazy golden color from the cork and cage with bubbly white head that dissipates slowly to leave good lace. Aroma of funky barnyard Brett notes with a hint of diaper, lemon, and biscuit. Taste is more toward the biscuit and the citrus, Brett is way more mild but still there, funky saison to me. Lingering sweetness that fades to funk, bright carbonation, dry finish. Solid, tastes very Belgian, which I’m not opposed to. Ernest (7917) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of sage, sour fruit juice (canned pineapple juice, etc.), gum, band-aid, vegetables.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This reminds me of American brewers like Hill Farmstead and Crooked Stave (which to most will probably sound like a positive statement) who are making mostly soured “saisons”, often with some associated odors that are rather unpleasant. I have to be honest that I’m not a big fan of this trend, and this example doesn’t offer much by way of saving graces. It’s watery, it’s sour, it has some unpleasant background aromas (even if you attempt to ignore those, there is not much else going on to entice), and the aftertaste is a bit dirty as well. Some of the same problems that St. Somewhere has always had are on display here, albeit not quite as badly as in their worst batches. I expected this to be quite good based on the other breweries involved, but alas, it would seem St. Somewhere spoiled the broth. Honestly, it doesn’t reflect the Belgian/French breweries’ characters much at all (would never guess blindly they were involved), just seems like the other St Somewhere brews I’ve tried. Spent an hour or more trying to find happiness in this one, but it was very difficult to enjoy. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Honeyed golden. Fine-bubbled white head. Intensely perfumey and farmlike aromas of gunpowder, plaster, dusty yeast, Band-Aid phenols, lime, white pepper. Firm carbonation. Fervently phenolic and brett-like, right out of the gate, with a bracing, saliva-absorbing herbaceous hop bitterness that’s quick to follow. Dry hay notes abound in the strikingly rustic malt, although there is a depth of texture as well, despite the extraordinary leanness. Sizzling, envelope-pushing hop acids scrub the palate with considerable vigor, all the while amplifying the potently coarse herbality. Blistering brett-like phenols approach a eucalyptus-like fervidness, delivering more sharpness to the gloriously clean attenuation. Telltale Strisselspalt leaves its aniseed and fennel seed signature all over this while dusty books, cobwebs and corklike characteristics ramp up the rusticity. Hallmark Blaugies dryness is capped with a searingly bitter punctuation of chewy, herbal hops and white pepper phenols at the very long finish. It’s really difficult to refrain from waxing effusive over how the brewers were not only able to attain this level of purity, but then successfully integrate that with the terroir and evocative rusticity that’s so characteristic of the Blaugies yeast strain. I guess that’s what happens when the special talents of Yvan, Daniel and Pierre-Alex are allowed to synergize under one roof. A quintessential and distinctly delightful saison that recalls Saison D’Epeautre.
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey & Raphaela’s place. Thanks Alexey & Raphaela. Clear yellow with a white head. Great rustic aroma, funky, earthy, with flowers, some hops, citrus, some other hops. Dry flavor, earthy, somewhat funky, with a light tart hint, flowers, fruitiness, and a bitter hops finish. Medium-bodied. Very good and fresh. LouisP (630) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
Cette bière pour moi représente la ligne entre une excellente saison et une bonne. En fin de gorgée, c’est sec, et amer. Je préfère quand c’est plus sucré, plus facile à boire, plus axée sur la levure de saison belge que sur le houble et l’amertume. Ça reste excellente, tart, avec une belle levure et un goût de pommes vertes intéressant. Mais c’est bon, pas excellent. Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Hazy to cloudy pale yellow color. Aroma of light citrus and stone fruit, white pepper. Taste is dusty black pepper and straw, dry finish. Very tasty. 3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2016
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016 Hazed honey with a sticky and lasting white head. Aroma is phenolic and peppery with captivating notes of French Strisselspalt hops (herbs, flowers, honeysuckle, orange rind, persimmon). Lovely impression and depth to the nose, honey-ish and hay-like malt, noble hops, rustic yeast, which at first smells like the Blaugies strain but after some breathing it seems more like Thiriez with that rubbery phenolic note... Strangely there’s no brett in the nose, and no signature tartness in the mouth, and if I were assessing this blind I would not say brett at all (no band aid/plastic, nothing "funky", no tropical gum brett notes, none of that - this seems entirely sacc-derived). It’s medium bodied and succulent with an impressively silky and velvet-like mouthfeel, finishing lightly tart and strongly bitter with a lingering green and herbaceous hop note. It’s actually overly bitter for its sweetness and size but the effect isn’t ruinous. Top quality Belgian ale here that shows its Thiriez and Blaugies influence more than DLS / Saint Somewhere. In fact I’m really surprised that this came out of Saint Somewhere, I’ve never found their beers all that intriguing, but this has that signature elegance of the Thiriez yeast strain that I love so much. From draft at EatBar DC.
drowland (9191) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3/12/16. Sampled during the 2016 Hunahpu’s Day. Golden orange pour with a nice off-white head, good lacing. Nice funky aroma, floral, Brett, seltzer water, light doughy aspect, something creamy. Nice flavor, mildly bitter, fruity, Brett, floral, doughy. Tasty!