This taster’s note: Often tasting a new beer for the first time doesn’t match up with the second or third tastes, so don’t just rely on that first sip. As for tasters’ notes, remember, everyone’s palate is different so I suggest reading tasters’ notes after you taste the beer. I also enjoy beer at room temp as I find the suppleness of the beer opens up and you discover flavor in more depth. And, count me crazy, but I even like to taste beer when it goes flat. From my point of view, if a beer is delicious, it’ll stay delicious at every level.
Brewery: Bruery Terreux, Placentia, CA
Beer: Saison Ardennes
Best Enjoyed: 350ml bottle, in a wine glass as suggested on the bottle
Poured nice amber color, nose slightly like a Witbier. Had carbonation on the lighter side, slight bitterness mid-palate with a dry finish. When tasted flat, it was totally refreshing with ever-so-slight sourness.
BTW, you may be wondering what a Foeder (pronounced FOOD-er) is as in ‘aged in an oak foeder’. No, it’s not a typo. It’s a special huge wood barrel used for fermentation.