ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Blankboy - thanks. Pours out an orange color without much of a head. Smell is some orange, and spice. Taste is sweet and pretty smooth. Perhaps not really what I was expecting from a saison, but it does the trick. A pretty good session beer really.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep golden orange color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of funky east with some orange and other spices. Taste is dry with some floral malt and a long yeasty finish with layer of complexity. Body is a bit light but it doesn’t hurt the beer too much overall. I got too admit that I wasn’t expecting so much from this one and was pleasantly surprised.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 341ml bottle - pours hazy golden orange with a thick, pure white head. Citrusy, spicy aroma, very crisp and welcoming. The flavour is beautiful and much more complex than I would have expected - initial light fruity punch of orange, clove and yeast, followed by an earthy, peppery hit that is quickly followed and finished by a subtle hoppy, refreshing bitterness. This is a beautiful, flavourful Saison that I drank quite a lot of this past summer. Black Oak is a gem, one of our best Ontario brewers.
Update, January 2007 - Just did a back-to-back comparison between this and the Saison Dupont, and this blew it out of the water in terms of robust flavour and aroma. Definitely fruitier and hoppier, and more to my taste than the famous Belgian farmhouse ale. I love this beer!
Quevillon (2665) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 341 ml par HogTownHarry. Jaune foncée et mi-brumeuse, bon collet assé épais avec de la dentaile. Bon arome de blé avec de l’agrume et un peu d’épice. Goût de blé assé bien, un peu d’herbe et d’épice qui suit.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught at Volo) medium amber with small off white head. Mild spice aroma. Flavor is some malt and hops, lots of spice, especially clove, some pepper, and yeast.
kipdynamite (11) - CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very tasty and refreshing saison on tap (Volo) and in the bottle (purchased at the brewery). Great aroma and a well balanced flavour. Another high quality product from this brewing company.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 341 ml bottle - Pours a hazy orange with a nice thick head which lasts through the entire glass, and leaves some of the thickest lacing I’ve seen. Like Pepto- Bismol in it’s coating action. Aroma of hops, citrus and coriander, also a bit of pepper, all of which are delivered greatly in the taste, along with yeasty and banana notes. A complex, flavourful beer that’s low in alcohol for the style (4.1%), making it an excellent, refreshing summer session ale. I only hope it gets bottled earlier in the summer next year. Beautiful work, Black Oak. Update: had this year’s (2007) version on tap last night at the Magpie, and the beer is even better thanm last year! More pronounced coriander (but still subtle and well integrated) and a fuller body. More wheat malt as well. Beautiful, beautiful beer. I want this on hand all summer long.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably my first one. It has very strong taste of spices, which is good. A little alcoholic in taste too and fruity.
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Volo. Pours an almost clear bubbly golden-orange with an average size lasting white head. Sweet and spicy aroma with yeast, fruit and light hops. Flavour: Wow! I had this in bottles a few years ago and it didn’t taste this good, what a pleasant surprise. Nice blend of hops, sweet malt, fruit and spices -- very refreshing and flavourful. Body’s a little light but it suits the beer. This is one of the best Saisons I’ve ever had -- great job Black Oak!
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ TFOB: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a thick white head. Great aromatics of pepper and spice, yeast, hops, and some sweet citrus. Taste surprised me, perhaps expecting far less hops than I got. You’ll find that peppery yeast as that first sip rolls over your tongue, but it doesn’t take long for the patented Black Oak "Hop Bomb" to snag you on the way down. It fit well, here, though, separating it from other wheat beers I’ve sampled in the past.