Lonick (2204) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin’ gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful.
S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don’t notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it’s there. Horse blanket, bro.
T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though.
M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I’d call it quaffable, though, because it’s pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can’t really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left.
O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that’s quite unique. It just doesn’t really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.
Bottle @home. Pours orange/gold, slightly off-white head. Nose strawberry, malty, spices and sour, woody. Taste is more of the same, quite spicy, pepper, slight yeast. balloonbuffoon (392) - - AUG 10, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle - 2016 year indicated, paid sale price $6, and poured the contents into a tulip glass. Appears an opaque deep golden color with a large amount of froth. Airspray best defines the aroma I detect, but it doesn’t taste as such. Instead the palate consists of white grape and light grains over a fizzy, full-body feel. In sum, this is a pretty good saison that is dry and on the upper end for alcohol content. tandembrauer (1492) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2017
Shared bottle as Saison Rue at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy light amber with big white head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, perfume, spices, some funk. Tastes slightly sweet with balancing bitterness. Thin bodied, highly carbonated. Alcoholic warmth. ZacM612 (738) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Amber/gold, slight haze with big head. Spicy, wild yeast aroma. Tart, with a dry, spicy finish. Nice. mike_77 (6742) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2017
Golden colour with tight foam head. Aroma has initial Bretty funk. Also light peppery yeast. Tastes very dry and Bretty. Some fruit sugars.
AirForceHops (7336) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2017
750 ml bottle thanks to an Untappd buddy. Thanks Matt M! 2016 vintage. Aroma is dusty yeast, citrus, rustic grain. sjohnny (643) - - MAR 15, 2017
The flavor has the earthy grain but it does "scream" rye at all. The citrus and yeast does show with a bone dry finish. Brett hasn’t added any funk, just turned the finish bery dry. Good but not really a repeat buy with so many others better in the style.
Smells really nice. Dry sour but with some definite fruit sweetness. Pours apricot/gold with a foamy bright white head. Leaves a white foamy layer on top and a shortlived film on the glass. Starts off fruity sweet but then hits with a pretty hard funky sour that then fades to a slight citrussy bitterness. Really interesting. Yeast. Fruit. Bread. Funk. Earth. Lots going on but really well balanced. EvanFriend (606) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Very dry beer, with some tannic notes to it. A lot of funk, some spice, maybe even a hint of vanilla or something. Good. msbernac (2676) - Krakow, POLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Aroma-fruits, floral, apples, pears
Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam,
Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour,
Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
Overall-very good MarcoDL (5037) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 Bottle. Golden pour. Aroma of apple marmelade, mild tart and white grape. Taste of tangy white grape, cider, aged malt and bretty horseblanket. Weird and nice.