mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Oh my god, can’t even get past the smell. An herb garden aroma, then the first (and only) sip I took was all potpourri. Ugh, a drain pour. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, candi sugar, pineapple, peach and lots of other fruit notes, and lots of spiciness including primarily sage and rosemary. The taste is bitter spicy notes, primarily thyme, caramel, pineapple and peach. Medium bodied. Interesting beer. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 12 oz. bottle, $3.50 @ Binny’s. It’s sure spicy, I’ll give it that. Sage and rosemary definite under the cap. The rest of this Simon & Garfunkel mix isn’t far behind. Pour starts out bright yellow like a Belgian dubbel, the gets a bit cloudy and more brassy. Taste is, well, PHEW! You gotta be in the right frame of mind to like this spicy beer. It’s a nice mix, like something you’d put in spaghetti, but unlike that Pizza beer a few years back. I think this is possibly without hops, maybe making this more of a gruit. Still has the familiarity of light, toasty pilsener malt to make up for the strangeness of the spices. I just saw Sam Calagione’s YouTube tasting note, glad he had as much trouble describing it as I do. Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle at Cole’s, Mike’s private collection. Great lace on light body. The aromas are a delightful, funky and fresh. More complex as I drink it, and that has to be done sip by sip. The herbs lead to a soup of tastes, still lemony and bitter, with white paper and the rosmary and sage. Above average mouthfeel and approachable by averge
troopie (2500) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2010
LEKKER! Bottle. Poured cloudy orange with medium white head. Moderate lacing. Spice aroma, like an early summer day, with a herby edge. Malty and spice flavour, full bodied full flavoured. Lasting balanced herb beer. A wonderful boerhuis.
xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Aroma is sage and parsley, with the sage taking center stage. Very green and herbal, duh, but there is a good amount of piny and citrus hops.
Taste is sage and rosemary with the sage again overwhelming initially, but the rosemary actually starts to come in on the finish, providing a layering of spices (the other spices are present, too, but in a more general herbal way). Hops are present as the residual bitterness is much too clean to be spice derived (no astringency).
Finish is slightly sweet and spicy.
Very interesting, and actually very good. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Super herbal nose with notes of bubble gum, wheat, and some lemony notes. Pours hazy golden orange with a nice lasting fizzy head. The flavor is dry, herbal, earthy with a good deal of lemon, tons of seasoning herbs, wheat, light dust, and a medium herbal/leafy bitterness that dries out the finish. Nice lively carbonation and good drinkability. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Vin. Pours a deep hazy golden with a fluffy, two finger, aromatic white head. Aroma of Belgian spice, pepper, strong notes of clove and thyme, and slight touches of sage and hops. Medium bodied with a mild, loose, slightly spicy palate. Finishes with a crisp, clean, refreshing burst of hop juiciness, followed by the dryness of the spice. Really cool concept. Decent saison. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 Bottle.
BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
I should have known better than to buy this one. Spices come on over the top and turn what could be a nice albeit very American saison (strong, estery, though with a pleasingly dry close) into (charitably) a visit to the local pizzaria kitchen or (uncharitably) my great aunt’s potpourri-filled bathroom.
Now we know that DFH only needs a 1/3 share in the making to f*** up a beer with their wannabe-edgy "creativity".
Sparkling golden tanned body with a luxurious fluffy head. Exquisite olfactory symphony of spiced floral hops and prickly yeast arc into a transcendant apex of piquancy. The body is spicy and yeasty and hoppy, but has a strong green dankness of skunk cabbage or cannabis. The finish is perhaps too green with youth. Perhaps this will mellow and improve with age? On reading the description, I think the the spices may need time to mellow and perhaps the tannins will too fade a bit. Aroma promises too much, but perhaps the rest of the beer will shape over time, in which case, this may be worth revisiting.