badgerben (5170) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Copper color with a thin head. Aroma of oranges, candi sugar and honey. Lots more orange in the flavor. Sweet malt base. Rounded out with caramel malt and a yeasty finish. Tasty fine. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2010
[email protected]HopInMeBeer (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Gaylord Tasting. Deep orangeish brown colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is fruits, wheat, some slight sour/tart wooden notes as well. Flavour is quite much the same in a rather earthy and dry notes. Mild alcohol as well.
Appearance: Ruby/Orange - egg white head
Aroma: Elderberries - mango, honey, citrus, coriander
Taste: elderberries, mango, peach, cream, mild grapefruit
Palate: smooth tannins with mild carbonation - drinks like wine.
Overall: This beer is over the top. A state of the art belgian strong pale ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it! FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2011
A - Extremely hazy orangish brown color. Good sized, creamy, very sticky, foamy, off-white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, creamy lace.
S - Definitely sides more on the dubbel/amber than the saison part. Ripe fruit is very strong with apple and plum being the strongest. Strong spices as well with ginger, clove, and orange peel leading the way. Touches of raisin as well. Very much a Belgian amber aroma.
T - Starts with a fruity flavor like the aroma along with a slight malty/bready flavor. Mid sip more spices come out with the ginger, clove and lemon/orange peel. Has a bit of a saison taste toward the finish. Finishes with a slightly tart and funky apple flavor. Jam/preserve like flavors are pretty strong.
M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Zesty feel.
D - Sweet and spiced but not too difficult to drink. I enjoyed it but one is enough for a while for me.
Notes: 2009 on the cork. Huge gusher, twisted the cage twice and the cork went shooting off with about half of the bottle gushing out. Not really a saison, reminded me more of a Belgian amber. Sweet fruit mixed with spices reminded me of a spiced preserves or jam. I enjoyed it but probably won’t get it again unless it is on sale. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky cranberry brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that dissipated so fast I had trouble capturing it in a picture, and it basically possessed no lacing at all. Also when I released the retainer on the cork it shot out all on its own, WOW that’s what I call carbonated.
The aroma was nice and tart right off the bat with a strong Brett yeast presence and a big note of ripe dark fruit (grapes, plums, and raspberry) and a slight hint of caramel.
The taste was exceptionally tart with a bold sweet fruity presence throughout, and then had a funky yeast taste work its way into the mix with a mildly sweet and sour fruity ending. Flavor lasted only a short while following the swallow, with the fruity sourness fading quickly leaving behind a slight metallic taste.
Mouthfeel was light in body and very dry in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation.
Overall this is one fantastic Saison with a nice sour Brett yeast presence; in fact I have never tasted anything like it to date. I will definitely be trying anything that this brewer puts out...
DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Trade with Daknole, 2009 vintage. Here’s my Mardi Gras beer for tonight. In a big Duvel tulip. A darker amber pour with a thin layer of bubbles. Sweet and malty smell with more alcohol to the nose that it should be showing. Taste is bubbly first, and carries that alcohol note right on through. Toasty malts among slight bourbon flavors. A bit of yeast funk, even a touch of cheese. But all in the service of a strong ale with slight mead and other notes. Alcohol again in just the right proportions. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
In a goblet full of deep red-orange in the shadows, glowing prune juice orange in the light. Cloudy look, not a ton of head but it flowed from the bottle like nearly unending, bubbly lava.
The yeast aroma is absolute funk: slightly sour, slightly tart. A hint of blood orange
The combination of yeast and malt create an earthy mix in the flavor. Some grapefruit, some doughy bread.
I’ll be honest: I’m not sure this beer is tip-top, but despite its flaws, I know what it was going for. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Date: September 29, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: opaque orange, wispy dirty white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: spicy fruity malt aroma with a nice bready character that comes out stronger as it warms
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a lot of bready character, nice fruity sweetness mixes well with the spicyness, bread and fruit character grows with the yeast shot
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Reminded me more of a Quad then a Strong Ale. Very sweet. Hints of caramel, candied sugar, molasses, dark fruits, spices. Finished sweet and carbonation danced on my tongue. Loved every sip of this beer. notalush (5873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Thanks to beerlando for this - hazy orange beer - the aroma is equal parts sweet and tart, with notes of orange marmalade and citrus pulp - semi-tart orange flavor, with just enough candi sugar sweetness to cut it - very pulpy and earthy, with a light, refreshing herbal character - very soft, yet lively at the same time - I’m impressed by this brewer so far.