Slepkov (35) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My rating for this beer seems to be an outlier, by far. Nonetheless, I had this at St. Veronous in Peterborough, Ontario, when it was featured as the "guest beer". I had ernestly meant to spend the week-end drinking my way through St. Veronousí massive collection of Belgians, when this brew stopped me in my tracks. I spent four sessions at the establishment and couldnít resist having this again and again.
Aroma: 5/5. Simply fantastic! Citrus, honey, and long-forgotten teen-age girlfriends.
Apperance: decently thick head that only abates after a few minutes to leave a lovely light covering and decent ring.
Taste: huge corriander and a little citrus. Sweeter than expected, but wholly welcome. Good malt backing, but fruit, flowers, spice and honey are the stars. Supremely drinkable as any session should. Last drops go down like an epic greek tragedy...
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 Iíve seen. Like Pepto- Bismol in itís 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 thatís 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 yearís (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.
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.
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!
robinvboyer (2758) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at the black oak tent, toronto beerfest
cloudy orange color. lots of citrus, very refrseshing, little bit tart, very nice effort. great stuff
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased from brewery. Pours a beautiful cloudy medium straw. Very nice, spicy aroma. Taste is lovely. Itís a bit difficult for me to describe because Iím not good at picking out individual spices. But it has that lovely spicy "saison" flavour.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Winking Judge. fairly citrusy taste. very interesting and refreshing. decent head. i really like it.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Pours cloudy orange with a creamy white head...aroma is wheat and yeast, hints of peach and orange. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. Taste is, not surprisingly, wheaty and yeasty, again with peach and orange undertones. Aftertaste of orange peel and some spice. After-AFTER taste of peaches when I exhale - very nice! Iím unfamiliar with the Saison style, and the only thing Iíve had previously that remind me of this are Unibroueís Blanche de Chambly and Ephemere. This is a very nice novelty beer, not something I could see having all too often, but still a very well made drink that goes great with hot weather! Iíve yet to be let down by this great brewer!
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Cíest What. Nice cloudy orange appearance. Frothy and bubby white head that was rather thick. Faint coriander aroma. Taste certainly has coriander in it as well, but the orange peel dominates here - very assertive body that has a good crispness (carbonation) and balance too it. Very silky mouthfeel overall. Long lasting hoppy finish. A truly great summer beer.
Firefox (1) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried it at the Toronto Festival of Beer. Almost orange in appearance and absolutely stunning from the moment it hit my mouth to the moment it was gone. Citrusy flavour and aroma. An exceptionally smooth beer.