chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2017 DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, extremely lively pour, hazy nut brown, off white head. Aroma is sour caramel, a little bready. Flavours of bready caramel with a sour fruit finish. Is this an amber ale, or a sour ale? Either way, it is not a saison in my books. Low-key funk, dominant caramel. Clumsy. Probably closest to a Flemish red ale style-wise, whether this was intended or not.
From a large bottle at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Hazy pale copper body with a fine off-white head.
Moderately tart and strong flavor for style. Higher ABV not obvious. Too funky for my taste but an interesting and well crafted version of the style.
Lively carbonation. Cybercat (6336) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Decatur Beer Festival. Pours hazy copper with a good buff head. Aroma presents fruity and herbal notes on a toasted malt underpinning. Flavor features pomme and tropical fruit notes, herbal, subtle hoppy and funky tones. Mouthfeel offers decent body and jazzy fizz. Have one in the sun. orvalgold (49) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Extremely hazy, even murky cherry brown color. Think of a decomposing cherry. Substantial carbonation that leaves a thin light tan ring around the glass. The main aromatic player is similiar to other Belgian inspired ales. A great roundness that includes subtle chocolate, some vanilla, and floral spicing. Interesting cherry note as well playing through the Brett I can only assume. A medium mouthfeel that is quick to in the middle and follows up with a lingering viscosity, medium high carbonation seems to play well with the flavor that has many similar characteristics as the aroma but contains more of a deep fig flavor then a cherry note. A great beer to have fun with. Something to drink with discussion and without. Saint somewhere a personal favorite. UXO (1896) - CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with two fingers of growing rocky beige head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, fruit, orange peel, Belgian yeast, caramel, light horseblankety funk. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light funk. (7/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky finish. (3/5)
I’m not quire sure how best to categorize this: it’s clearly Belg-ish, with elements of Saison, but at least at the outset, it smells and acts a bit like a lambic. There’s some floral (though I’m not sure I could identify a hibiscus to save my life) and generic fruit esters on top of a light tart funk. It starts off rather promisingly, neatly uncorking itself as soon as the cage is released, and initially seems like it’s going to be an effervescent, dry, and rather interesting wild. Unfortunately, all of that falls rather flat - literally as well as figuratively - in rather short order. The carbonation dies off fairly rapidly, along with the head, and no decent lacing develops. As the carbonation dies, the dryness of the body goes away as well, leaving behind a slightly sweeter, slightly stickier ale than promised by the first few sips. Most damningly, however, the more interesting elements of the aroma also die off fairly rapidly, becoming more brown apple and less tart funk. That’s not to say it’s a complete write-off - it certainly isn’t - but it’s not as good as I initially had hoped it would be. On the upside - well, I say “upside”, but maybe it’s a huge downside for some - that fairly beefy 8% ABV doesn’t become apparent until the bottle is fairly far gone, and you realize you’ve been quaffing 8% beer pretty liberally. Good times! (13/20) rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle from AJ’s. Pours amber with pink tinge initial frothy head and no lacing. Nose is fruity and floral. Flavours of hibiscus, plums, field berries, some dough. Taste light bitter, light sweet. Medium body with lively carbonation.
edgallow (4628) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2016
750ml bottle pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of grass, floral, fruit and some caramel. Taste is yeast, fruit and caramel. The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle share at CBC Islington as ’Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil’, 8%. Many thanks to Matteo. Dirty brown, hazy and opaque, foamy tan head. Aroma is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen. Body is light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen, liquorice, green apple, tangy sour finish. Too harsh for me - there’s a chemical note on top of the acidity and the two things together make this hard going. Still, has some nice characteristics. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Grassy, fruity aromas with an effervescent light fruity flavor with a little funk going on. Damn fine beer. mR_fr0g (14024) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to Matteo for this one. Clouded dark orange amber coloured pour with a lasting beige head. Aroma is orange rind, Belgian yeast, bready malts, little spicy citrus, hint of sour. Flavour is composed of jammy orange, spicy citrus, bready malts, little musty airy stuff. Palate is semi sweet, frothy carbonation, little sticky hop. Solid. Scopey (16262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Matteo at Craft Islington. Gush! It pours murky brown with a thick, foamy light beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, funky, peach, sour apricot, dirty musty, floral notes and some creaminess. The taste is crisp, tart, funky, woody, dirty peach, apricot, alcohol, must and spice with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and high, foamy carbonation. High carbonation detracts from the overall experience. Decent anyhow.