Fules (1371) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - AUG 21, 2017 49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A faily complex beer that presents a considerable number of unique characteristics. While all of the different pieces to this puzzle are interesting in their own right, the final result was a little exciting that I had hoped. Nevertheless, a fairly decent, albeit obscure brew.
I've yet to see this one sold in any style different than that of the white capped, 250ml bottle at 5%. Because of the limited quantity of this brew, I tasted it from the small Chimay goblet which filled up nicely 1-1/2 times.
Pours a deep amber hued brown color with a big, rocky off-white head. Lacing on the glass is extensive and the head itself never really lowered itself much less than 1/8" inch. Surface bubbles were extensive and quite large. An exceptionally dark brew which tended to be more brown than the deep amber color most have written about in the past. Very murky, almost like a deep brown Hefeweizen, yet lacks any significant amount of sediment.
Aroma wise it is a reminscent a many other complex Belgian brews but has a unique sweet and sour hit to it that isn't found in many other styles. Additionally, strong scents of aged fruit (ala Christmas cake), and some level of tartness are all detected. Although intended as a summer drink, I'm taking in this one in the heart of winter -- albeit one influenced heavily by El Nino.
Taste wise, this is a complex brew that has more sourness in it that expected. Definitely sweet at the same time with hints of caramel, fruit, and even a bit of toastiness. Strangely enough, this one reminded me a lot of Liefman's Goudenband and the Oudenaarde style of brown ales. Aftertaste is complex and very long, with the aftertaste hitting heavy like oils from a freshly smoked piece of Sockeye Salmon. Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff, but that aftertaste is definitely unique.
Sötét réz-szín, kicsi, gyorsan elolvadó hab. Karamelles, égetett cukros illat, némi gyümölcsös felhanggal. Édeskés, karamelles alap, egy határozott, halványan savanykás, gyümölcsös ízkombóval kiegészülve. Könnyed, frissítő, közepesen szénsavas, enyhén kesernyés. Kellemes, édeskés ivósör, kissé kellemetlen, enyhén égett utóízzel és a saisonokra jellemző ízvilág teljes hiányával.
Zilverenmaan (274) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2017
Very weird, tastes and smells like an ashtray, too artificially sweet. There’s probably more to it but the ashtray really kills it for me. gripweed57 (2862) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2017
From old tasting notes. Labeled as "Saison Speciale Artisinal Belgian Ale". Clear orange copper color with champagne-like bubbles and a huge creamy yellowish head. Tart citrus hop aroma is subtle yet distinctive. Foretaste is bitter hops, almost astringent in nature. Midtaste becomes bittersweet. Finish is dry and spicy. Very bitter for the style. CH-303 (2362) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Appearance: Dark reddish brown, clear. Some light tan head.AaronTDubs (500) - - MAY 26, 2017
Aroma: Some medium malt, caramel sweetness.
Taste: Medium malt, lots of sweetness. Caramel, candy.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 330 ml, £2.09
Info: 22/6-2017, BB: 3/3-2018
Brown color. Medium carbonation. Bready roasted aroma, some roasted tones. Tastes sweet, bready, a bit of roast, sourness. The sweet and sour gives this an orange juice quality. A bit too sweet for my taste, glad it has some acidity to balance that. Not too bad.
erikaraeb (269) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2017
More of a brune-style than your typical saison. Malty and bread-y taste, roasted aromas. Tasty yet easily drinkable Wixie (668) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Semi hazy, light brown liquid. Small head. Aroma of malt and iron. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is a bit sour and sweet. Mjp12 (2031) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Definitely doesn’t look or taste like a saison . It’s a Belgian brown, with too much caramel sweetness for my taste. yy0pp (1632) - - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle. Deep amber color with tiny tan head. Aroma - Sweet, caramel, citrus, spice. Taste - Bittersweet, banana, sugar, bread. florent.janssens (371) - - NOV 5, 2016
Arôme caramel. Belle couleur rouge avec une faible mousse. Gout de caramel. biere sucrée. Pas mauvais comme bière.