jgb9348 (6252) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Rich golden coloured body with bright orange highlights and a dense off-white head. Aroma of apricots, fresh hops, alcohol and some light citrus notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep bready tastes with yeast, alcohol and coriander seed coming through most. Aftertaste shows a lot of wheat, citrus and a ton of alcohol. Overall, a too strong and potent version of a tripel, without the good characteristics and complexities of a Saison. A good attempt, but not great. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in San Francisco (4th Ave), California on 12-June-2010 in a quadruple vertical tasting (06-09) of Vertical Epics with Phil (haddon90) at home in Manassas, VA. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Stored in my fridge since release. Pours clear golden color no head. Aroma is slight clove and a faded citrus/spice character which presents as slightly off. Taste is yeast character up front followed by sweet, thinnish malt, various spices which have gelled into a bit of an off flavor, and some lingering malt sweetness. Thin mouthfeel. Although I stored this bottle under ideal conditions this beer just did not do well. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: A ton of cardamom and citrus zest. Some fruity alcohol notes as well with just a touch of sweet toffee malt.
T: Some candied grapefruits with a some spicy yeasty. A little bubblegum with some big cardamom notes. Light caramel malts. A ton of zest with bitter citrus peel.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy and zesty on the finish.
O: Definitely one of the better ones of the nights, but I like cardamom and bitter zest. The beer was either liked or hated at the tasting mainly due to the cardamom.
Serving type: bottle rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Thanks to drowland for the awesome share.
Hard to separate age and taste in this one. Murky orange pour. Nose of orange, banana, esters, candy sweetness, yeast. Taste slightly musty and oxidized. Orange and fruit throughout. Dulled sweet alcohol. Unsurprisingly low carbonTion, but not bad mouthfeel considering. Interesting but likely past prime. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Spices. Coriander. I don't like. No head. Yuck.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Murky, light orange color. Not much of a head formed.
3.5 S: A pineapple entered the fighting ring, got beat up, put on a bunch of band aids, and jumped into the fermenter. Super fruity with mango, orange, and papaya backing up the pineapple. Peppery spiciness. Despite the band aids, it’s not bad. It smells like an old tripel.
3.5 T: Like the nose. Stale pineapple with all the other fruits mentioned. Peppery spiciness, light banana, and peach. Lots of fruits and quite spicy.
3.5 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Nice here.
3.0 D: Reasonably tasty. Not bad for an old beer.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015 Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear copper of color with a off white head. An aroma of spice, sweets, mead and orange. Oxidixed aroma. A flavor of spice, honey, mead, sweets and orange.awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2007
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From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, honeydew gold color with a medium layer of firm white head. The head disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a splotchy layer of filmy residue. Decent lacing and head reformation, but it doesn’t want to hold itself without encouragement. Lots of coriander immediately present in the nose, creating a muddy herbalness layer in some bandagey yeast phenols. Digging a little bit deeper reveals some more pleasant scents of pineapple, ginger, banana, and spice, but the initial bouquet is mostly coriander and bandage. If it’s not coriander, than its certainly a lightly bitter herbal hop variety. Light bodied, thinly carbonated mouthfeel. Too sweet on the palate, but not too heavy or sticky. Lots of spice, with ginger and loads of orange peel mostly noticeable. Lots of coriander flavor as well, but adds more herbal, almost vegetal quality rather than a refreshing hop bitterness, which is barely detectable on the palate. Sweet orange finish, with some dusty yeast lingering. Disappointingly sweet without the signature belgian style effervescence. The spices seem to be overdone too, and I feel as though they are battling it out with the yeast on the palate to see who can dominate more, rather than working subtly together to add more depth. There’s a lot going on with this beer, but it doesn’t seem to be presented well in a balanced, eloquent fashion. I’m not interested to see how this one ages, although the novelty of doing future verticals will make saving it worth while. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Pour is a beautiful swirly copper color with wispy swirls of tight white bubbles. Aroma is overwhelmingly spicy. What is all this spice covering up? Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, but I really don’t taste anything resembling Saison. This seems like a jumbled mess to me. The spices seem to cover up the disaster. Tripel mixes well with IPA, but apparently not with a saison. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of spices, yeast, and some fruit. Faint aroma. Poured a golden-amber (apple juice) color with a small, off-white head that diminished. No lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of spices, cardamom, clove, coriander, cinnamon, sweet sugary malts, yeast, and a little citrus. Medium body. Dry, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Dry, sweet, clove finish. Overall, below average and disappointing.