markwise (4565) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very unique Saison. Pale gold color with a fluffy white head. Strong pungent aroma. Big raucous peppery punch in mid-swallow. Licorice and pepper in the finish. Lots of lace in the glass. I was not a big fan.
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Bruxellensis 2008. Hazy deep golden with a frothy head and some sediment. Spicy hop-like aroma (though I suspect it is the camomile). Strong camomile and flowery flavours-very dry. Wel-carbonated. Scores for originality and craftmanship.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with huge white head. Sweet and spicy aroma with yeasty notes. Spicy flavour with yeasty and malty notes. Ends sweet with spicy kick.
ChainGangGuy (4448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Lightly hazy, gold body with a thin, fizzy, white head.
Smell: Spicy, fruit nose liven up the pale malts present as do notes of fresh-picked herbs and field flowers.
Taste: Pale malts and malted wheat with a dull sweetness. Very spicy throughout its entirety, you certainly can’t miss that ginger in there. Pops of floral and herbal hints. Apple and apricot fruitiness. Unforgiving underlying bitterness. Dry, herbaceous, lightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.
Drinkability: Even for a saison it’s a bit different, I’ll give it that much. Maybe it’s just the ginger.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Deep golden pour, hazy. Apricot aroma, slightly malty and some crisp floral hops. Earthy but not overly funky. Coriander present and ginger very much so. I can taste the chamomile now that it’s been mentioned. Spicy dry finish. Good, if not as yeasty/funky as I typically like in a saison.
sebletitje (7029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ OTH.
Pours golden blonde.
Aroma is fruity (apricot) with some floral hops and yeast.
Taste of very light caramel malts, lightly hoppy (floral) yeasty (earthly), possible herbal (pine) note.
Beer is very smooth, light and filled with savours that will keep you wondering. There is a definte plus about this beer that was well worth the money.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the OTH (Oldsmar Tap House). Pours deep gold with a slight haze and white head. The aroma is full with sweet apricot, orange peel and strawberry along with spice notes all over the place. I also get a bit of barnyard earthiness, a floral bouquet and a mild note of candi sugar. The taste begins smooth and complex starting with a tart lemon note carrying around some acidity. Running along side the tartness are notes of mild earthiness, spices heading over to a mild pepper note and varied fruitiness as noted in the nose. Refreshing and satisfying brew.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Intense tobacco and fresh mint is invigorating. Dominated by perfume in both aroma and taste, like they poured it right in there. Of course, if they poured perfume in the beer it would taste like chemicals, and this has just that. Loaded with good flavors and complexity yet astringent and badly bitter. This is no easy drinker. Has a really rough finish. Still, the aroma is so nice.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden with a thick, dense, pillowy white head. The aroma is complex and spicy. Yeasty upfront, with notes of coriander, soft herbal notes, honey and very light bubblegum in the back. The mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy. Softly sweet malt base- very light dough notes, followed by evident coriander. Then comes a swarm of complex spice layers. I definitely pickup on a distinct and unique bell pepper (peppercorn) notes. There’s also some spicy herbs, a nice ginger bite, however, subtle, and just a smooth peppery bitterness left on the palate. The early malt characteristics in the fore is perfectly balanced by the layers of complex and unique spiciness. Complex and dry throughout. A great Saison!
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This voluble Saison thrills with its herbal honesty, honeyed compliments, gingery sparks and long spicy bitterness. An example of finesse in action and abundant personality.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam covers the misty amber golden.
-The chamomile and green pepper meld beautifully with the herbal hops, almost emulating fresh basil at times.
-A delicate Belgian yeast presence softens the spiciness.
-The honeyed and spicy fruitiness offers orangey and peachy hints. Coriander surely is responsible for part of this sensation.
-This is a really drinkable and amenable spicy Saison.
-This is surely one of the best Italian brews I’ve had.