badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Clear yellow with a creamy white head. Lightly hoppy and fruity aroma and taste with a crisp citrus finish and a soft palate. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2010
750 ml bottle. The cork was at first difficult to disgorge, but then shot out with a bit of the beer over-spilling the bottle. Pours a very hazy pale straw gold with a massive white head that lasted through mid-glass and coated the glass with each sip. There are dozens of streams of tiny champagne-like bubbles quickly rising from the base of the glass. The aroma is light and I am guessing being hidden by the large head. There is some mild malt along with a few whiffs of sugary sweetness and spice. The flavor is malt, mild Belgian yeast, light spice and just a touch of sugar. A bit of black pepper and lemon at the finish along with some noticeable alcohol warmth. Ok as it is, but I was expecting more. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. pours straw-like yellow, hazed, white, rocky and lacy head. nose of saison yeast and straw, but very bright and clean...do i smell the rye? maybe. maybe some coriander too..no wait...definitely some coriander. nose was refined...flavors a little less so...the sweetness is a bit overly present...and distracting..making the spices seem overdone, the alcohol doesnt play in to that scenario very well either...making it all a bit cumbersome. There’s some lemony touches throughout...but the sweetness and alcohol make this beer a bit overdone and not so great. Not a big fan of this...its a hot, sweet somewhat mess....but the nose was nice. JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
Very pale golden coloured beer. The nose is surprisingly light and soft. There is a touch of soft berryish fruitiness as well as some light spice, but it is quite light. The palate is quite soft – there is a touch of Belgian malt but the yeast and spice are very subdued. Light lingering spice. It’s nice, but much more subtle than I would have imagined. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 (750ml bottle) Pours hazy straw yellow with white head and active carbonation. Aroma is slightly anise, herby, and bark? Getting some lavender or other floraly herb. Some of the citrus is there from the belgian part of the collaboration. Taste is sweet/sour with bitterness. The rye characteristic is certainly there. Light bodied with oily texture. Carbonation is lively and finish is slightly bitter. OK beer. My concern about the two breweries collaborating was that Green Flash would overhop the beer as is the case with many west coast brewers, but they added some finesse and didn’t overpower their partner. As a big St. Feuillien fan, I can say that I prefer their beers when they do all the work, but this was a nice beer.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Thanks to Bu11zeye! Super intense carbonation. slight rotten banana flavor. Maybe a banana pudding that has sat outside for a couple days. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
750ml Bottle: Cork blew with a loud pop. Aroma of yeast, grain, slight spice, and slight hops. Poured yellow/gold in color with a huge, loose, foamy, frothy, white head that filled up half of the glass. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of yeast, light pepper, slight spice, hops, light pale malt, and a hint of honey. Medium body. Tingly, then dry, slightly chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Pale malt, yeast, hops, and light spice finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter, and ends dry and slightly chalky. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Over-carbonated. Not all that flavorful. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2010
BB 04-12. The pour is a hazy, straw color with a full, white, fizzy, rocky head which settles to a fluffy layer and leaves loose, sporadic lace. The nose interesting with a nice mesh of Belgian yeast and American hops; honeyed bread, lemon peel matching wheat tartness, floral, peppery alcohol matching spicy rye, a touch of white grapefruit, some resins, and some rosemary. The flavor is similar but citrus is more prominent, still lots of honeyed bread, spicy rye, orange and lemon peel, tart wheat, citrus notes somewhere between orange and white grapefruit, just hints of floral and the rosemary. The palate is fitting with a lively to fizzy carbonation, moderately full body, a creamy body, warming sensation, and the carbonation adding a seeming dryness. The finish is long with the carbonation drying it out, citrus notes throughout, honeyed rye bread dissipating, rosemary left on the tongue and a less than moderate bitterness. An interesting brew to take such a light colored Belgian and add lots of hops without adding a bunch of bitterness. The spicy rye notes masked the ABV well, the tartness from the wheat meshed well with the citrus. Amarillo hops seem to compliment Belgian yeast strains well for what ever reason. From two breweries for which I have mixed feeling for, they collaborated to make a very nice beer. blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle, cloudy golden pour with floral, sweet honey aromas, flavors of grainy clover honey, wheat and yeasty, nice even finish DialSquare (5119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2010
750ml bottle from Market Square Liquors. Yellow pour with a huge white head that leaves soapy stick. Aroma of mint, lemon, light malts, yeast and pine. Tastes are more of the same with spike of carbonation. Finishes dry, bitter, pepper and mint. Interesting.