bierkoning (13232) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Pale amber color. Melon and herbal hops in the aroma. Hopbitter flavor with citrus notes. Nutmeg and anis. Herbal hopbitter aftertaste with citrus notes. Fairly complex saison. Enjoyed this one. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Apricot colored pour, soapy white head. Unripe stone fruit, light pepper, earthy aroma. Flavor is lightly bready, dry, spicy, apples and yeast. Good stuff. Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Poured down the middle of the glass you get a glossy foam which grapples its way stickily down the side of the glass as you drink. The beer positively glows with a firey orange/red luminescence. On the nose it is pretty funky with some lemon citrus, wet fur, esters and a little peppery spiciness. In the mouth it has a little of everything; some sweet, caramel maltiness, savoury bready notes and a nice dry finish. There is just this hit, not entirely pleasant, of sourness. It needs to be there, no doubt, but it is a little strong and seems to come in a boisterous wave. All in all the beer is excellent bar this one factor. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel complements the flavour and adds a great drinkability. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour produces a four-finger thick, palely tanned colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip; the head leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a murky haze to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a nice mix of fruit, herbal notes, spice and grain. The spiciness leans towards white pepper and a touch of musty almost woodiness, while the fruit contributes notes of fresh apple cider, pear and perhaps a touch of melon. The grain character contributes a nice toasty pale malt character, a hay like grain note and even a malt / grain spiciness; the malt / grain aromatics get stronger and more dominant the longer I spend focusedly on the nose. The hops contribute a hint of green grassiness and perhaps a hint of lime zest, but really this just has a general herbal character to it that melds in with the other aromatic notes found in the nose. This definitely smells like a Saison, it is a touch more grainy / malty than the Dupont archetype, but I like what that adds to this beer.Travlr (24286) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2011
A big bitter herbal character is definitely the dominant flavor during my first sip (much more than the nose would have suggested), but there is also a fair amount of fruitiness to this beer that accentuates a sweetness. The finish lingers with a peppery notes, some musty grain character as well as a nice, clean, biting bitterness. The fruitiness almost has a ripe plum like character to it, but not the tart side of the plum), as well as some aromatic apple flavors. The hops are definitely the dominant character here, firm pine notes, a touch of menthol, a biting, somewhat green herbal character and really just a big bitterness that grips the palate; the herbal character really has a green, sort of raw peppery character to it that I am sure is accentuated by the spiciness from the yeast. The yeast character certainly contributes a mustiness and contributes to the spiciness. The malt character here has a touch of toasted malt & dry caramel character that detracts a bit from the clean grain character that is usually part of a Saison, but it is pretty light here so doesn’t detract too much. The body of this beer has a certain viscous character to it (is that some specialty grain) without being sweet or under-attenuated. The malt does contribute a nicely complex mix of whole grain spiciness, brown cracker notes and hay like pale grain notes.
I like the peppery spiciness that is in this beer, it is not nearly as complex as the Dupont yeast strain achieves, but it doesn’t come of quite as simplistic as this yeast sometimes can. The malt character is a bit out of preference for me (with the crystal malt notes), but this is fairly light and not too distracting. Still this is quite a tasty Saison that I am quite enjoying.
Draft at the tasting room. Hazy golden color. Aroma of burnt straw. Taste has straw, grass, good malt balance. Nice.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 Bottle, courtesy GT2. Pour is hazy gold with a big white head which leaves good lacing. Aroma is citrus, herbal, pepper, spice, cardboard. Taste is cardboard, breadiness, some hop bitterness. Palate is bitter, very chalky. This bottle seemed to be infected with something weird.
Re-rate: managed to get an untainted pour. Was considerably better with no weird cardboard notes, and overall a nice saison. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
750mL thanks to peteinSD. The pour is a very hazy orange, glowing, with an enormous off-white head with massive rockiness and sheen appearance. Ice cream float retention. Nose is a little olive and pimento, tomato, salt, orange, lemon. Taste is pretty drained- benevolent infection? Not really anything here except cardboard and lemon Perrier. Slight "spice" and wood. If this is supposed to be hoppy saison....I’m getting none of that. Palate is sort of there- fuller, spritzy, dry, powdery. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy orange amber color with a very fluffy white head. Pleasing aroma of apricot, peach, and other aromatic fleshy fruits. A touch of spice as well. I have to say, I rather like the smell on this hot afternoon. The taste is sweet and fruit forward with peach, apricot, and banana. Some lemon zest flavor as well along with a slight spice. At the end there is a bit of citrus rind bitterness. Overall, pretty tasty. beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by Shawn, thanks man! Pour is cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is light spice, light pine, and light citrus hop. Flavor is clean with grassy notes underneath a more dominant flavor of pine and citrus hops. Solid beer. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
My bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry at Volo. Pours a very cloudy orange-copper with a massive long-lasting fluffy off-white head. Wonderful Saison aroma: Yeasty, herbal, spicy and floral along with a nice amount of citrus fruit and light hops -- it all comes together nicely. Dry, lightly tart flavour of yeast, wheat, cereal grain, citrus fruit, pepper and a finish that is quite bitter for the style -- very easy to drink. Medium bodied and well carbonated for the style. Very good stuff, I could easily polish off a 750 of this.