esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Hazy apricot with a quickly fading white head. Aroma of funk, grains, rice, pale and bready malt. Taste of cereal grains, sweet malt, faint hops and a bit of wildness. Not bad. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: A crisp and clean golden ale with a truly unique personality. Nicebsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh… I think. Bottle sent to me as a bonus by… someone… I think…
The look: Clear golden blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Intriguing nose exhibiting an unusual mix of yeasty fruit esters and rustic character in a way I cannot put into words. Taste is just as unusual. Not a very tasty beer but nonetheless something different about the malt backbone. Certainly due to the use of wild rice. I could tell it uses rye but besides the rye I was mostly baffled by this beer. It is kind of fruity, the yeast is kind of rustic, the hopping that is kind of floral, there is something a bit metallic in there. Finish is dry and with plenty of something that resembles minerals. Anyway, I’m not sure how to describe this beer so I’ll stop babbling. It is different and it is mostly good despite a few things I didn’t like, mainly the ferrous/minerals flavor. The most interesting use of wild rice since it was used as a currency in ancient Japan, and I wonder if they had a saying “Wild Rice is the root of all evil” back then?
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.
Appearance: Clear, bright gold with initial frothy head which diminishes to a fine line.
Aroma: Very Belgian with banana, clove, fleshy fruit and pepper. After some time, the aroma becomes a little too much like solvent.
Taste: Dried-out fleshy fruit and banana with strong clove and pepper spiciness. A little too subdued overall. Not sure I detect the wild rice, but there is an odd, slightly unpleasant aftertaste.
Palate: Very effervescent - heavily carbonated with a relatively light body and dry finish.
Overall: Based on the overall light flavor, it would be easy to drink if not for the aftertaste. Fairly weak Saison overall - between this and what I remember of SnowStorm 2007, I am not sure Belgians are Schell’s forte. alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small white head. The aroma is lightly tart, floral, herbal, some yeast, with mildly sweet malt. The flavor begins mildly sweet, but becomes tangy and tart, mildly vinous, with some sake influences. The mouth feel was soft. Interesting beer. jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Poured into a SS Lager glass, very carbonated,lots of head nice clear light golden color.Belgian like yeast aroma some apple, spice dark fruit aroma.Im not real experienced with farmhouse, but i would guess this is a good example of one , i have tried many belgians and this is like a lighter belgian.Lots of character,lots of melding undescribable flavor good sweet kind of tart a tad spicy and at the same time a sessionable ale.I had lower expectations and am impressed once again for another good Schells brew.
Finishes like eating an apple. Also want to point out a few of the sips had a metallic like taste also.Maybe somewhat in the foam of head.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Has a sweet yeasty smell to it and the taste is about the same. Light bitterness in the flavor as well. Pretty good beer and would drink again thanks Tyler j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle shared with Derek. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Sweet grain and a little bit of lemon, somewhat floral and mildly vinous. Somewhat funky, still sweet and grainy, very light sake notes. Interesting stuff. Sweet on the finish, more warm rice and a touch of warming alcohol and little funk. Very unique. deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle shared by Jay, thanks! Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of grain and rice with a slight floral and yeast note backing. Flavor began with rice and grain and grew slightly in sweetness to the finish. Not particularly complex. Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
A golden ale with a thick receding creamy white head. In aroma, a pungeant oily caramel malt with smooth curacao, creamy honey, very smooth. In mouth, a classic sweet candy with orange peels, oily and smooth, almost veering on a Belgian ale, a la de Koninck. Very good. Thanks Piscator. wlajwl (7213) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Oddly funky, sort of like a Belgian yeast but not quite. Relatively thin but a unique ale, pretty good.