ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Draught samples at Kennett 06 and Boston’s Belgian Beer Fest 06Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Lightly hazy golden beer, very saison like in appearance, with tiny bubbles apparent in the liquid and a medium amount of well-retained white head that provides plenty of lacing.
Light honey fermentation notes in the nose (pepper, flowers, light medicinal notes and some vanilla) immediately complement the delicate B. Brux fruitiness. Some more residual sugar than Substance D seems to give the beer more an Orval-like note, with a moderate hoppiness, lots of perfume, lilacs and fresh grass. Very strong aroma, growing very tart, lemony and lightly herbal-astringent on the end. Honey dabbled over biscuits, with some very soft suggestions of light caramel are the extent of the malt notes. Not lactic or acetic, but just very dry fruit skin notes from the brett.
Both sour and tart at once, in the flavor, from the honey (which lends a light bittersweetness) and the very tart, and very prominent brett. Meanwhile, plenty of spicy notes form all over the palate, not being anywhere overdone. Engaging carbonation, and a moderate level of it help keep things very bright and crisp. Some sharp esters grow apparent with warming, as well as just a touch of alcohol warmth, and definitely some spicy phenols, but some (hops?) are noted on the end, adding some hay and grass notes and bringing the beer back down to earth. Touch of sweet honey on the finish and plenty of light dough and vanilla.
The Kennett version had a very large amount of diacetyl, nearly ruining the beer for me. Shaun thought it was an infected keg with pediococcus adding the diacetyl, and I believe it, it reminds me of the diacetyl issues with RR’s supplication. The keg at BBF was flawless, however. Score is for the BBF version
First sample at the KSBF 06. Pours a cloudy gold and acloudy fluffy white head- and great lace. Aroma is brett upfront wiht some fresh cut hay, light herbal spiciness and phenolic- sour as well. More lemony tarteness in the flavor- full bready malt with lots of farmhouse funk and stinky wild yeast and cheese. Full body despite an obviously low OG and finishes off very tart and sour- almost lambic-like. Great brett-laced saison. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2006
KSBF 2006. Hazy deep lemon body with a modest white head. Ultra-bretty aroma with elements of grapefruit, barnyard, organic honey, nuts and wheat. Very dry, moderately tart and wild flavor with an oaky bitterness. Some nice, unexpected texture. Very enjoyable beer. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of brett, funk, citrus, barnyard, honey and some yeast/spice. Flavor of the same kind of a bready/honey tinged spicy Saison. Good stuff! weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
On tap at KSBF ’06...
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that doesn’t fade out. Lots of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey infused lemon with some yeasty spiciness followed up with a subtle brett aroma that doesn’t overpower.
Taste is of the same aromas with a balanced amount of brett that compliments the zesty, smooth honey flavors with a wild flare.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy, like a chardonnay that has been aged and opened at the right time.
Well done, Shaun!
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
On tap at the KSBF ’06. Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of honey, lemons, brett, and some spices. Tastes of honey, brett, citrus and spices. I’m usually not crazy about honey, but found that I really enjoyed this beer. Refreshing and one of my favorites of the connoisseur tasting. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Poured a hazy, orange golden color with a large, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, with funky brett notes, citrus fruits, and spice. Taste of much of the same, with some buttercream, and a moderate bretty tartness in the background.