muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle from Woodmans in Janesville, WI (May 2008), served at cellar temperature from an Isenbeck Pils glass. Pours a hazy to opaque bright gold, with moderate to large quick-disintegrating white head.....orange-scented, lightly farmy and faintly spicy aroma, reminiscent more of a witbier than anything else, little in the way of earthy character and too sweet and floral perhaps, though pleasant enough....the body is lightly bitter, acidic and tart throughout, citric (orange, grapefruit) and somewhat sweet especially towards the finish, which does however get fairly bitter....to me this tastes like a cross between and IPA and a wit, and it’s drinkable enough, but not terribly exciting and certainly not what I think of when I read "saison." Still, glad for the find; had no idea that it or its brewery were NLA.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bought this down in Madison based on elgaucho’s recomendation. I didn’t realize this brewer has gone out of business. Pour is golden orange. Taste is sweet, not really reminicent of many saisons. Apple juice, peach, a slight tartness. A little peppery, as well as some honey flavor. Mediciny finish. As I go through this bomber, the sweetness becomes sickening and thus, I am forced to pour out the last 1/4 of the bottle. Shame.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Heavy on the cooked vegetable, with corn and light herbal hops. Some candi sugar sweetness, mild alcohol. Sweet but off. Light golden clear with thin white lacing head. Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Tastes alright despite the aroma, with mild wheat, candi sugar, and light alcohol. Light bitter finish. Not reminding me of a saison so much as a light tripel. Sweet alcoholic finish, a bit watery.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy orange honey color with a small fizzy white head. It really smells like buttered canned corn. A little alcohol, honey, and grainy characteristics. The flavor is a little better with some yeasty funk, slight apricot, peach, and a pretty strong hop character. Spicy with some clove and a touch of ginger. Pretty decent body. Leaves a little bit of bitterness on the tongue.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of Naka. I know nothing about this brewery, and this rating is purely objective.. Clear gold with a thin, non existent white head. No retention. Cooked corn aroma. Diacytal (sp?) to the fullest! Some sweet, spicy acidic notes, but most veggies and cardboard. Taste is actually not too bad though, with some funk, floral, clove, wheat, citric, and bubblegum notes, but sadly some hints of dirty foot. Oddly crisp and clean. Farmhouse lager? Hmm, weird, and not particularly enjoyable.
dpjuart (1098) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber courtesy of Naka shared with Exec Board. Pours yellow with foamy head, quickly dissipating. Nose of buttered corn and skunky wheat bread. Taste is sweet corn, lager-esque with fruity lemon and apple. There’s also some mild spice with alcohol warmth and flavor at the end. Not much of a saison.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This tastey beer pours a cloudy orangeish-golden colour with a thin head. Sweet aroma with lots of spice, orange, cherries, and apple cider flavors. Overall, very pleasent, palate satisfying brew. even though its brewed in Cal, the picture reminds me of the northeast. :)
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A very doughy Belgian ale on the wild side of things with a little Farmhouse Bière de Garde twist. Interesting beer for acquired taste only.
How: Bottle 22oz, probably very fresh, consumed a few weeks after getting it from mreush, thanks a lot Matt!
The look: Cloudy dark yellow with a short-lived white head
In long: Very aromatic beer. Nose is definitively farmhouse and wild flowers. Chewy malts with limited sweetness presence. An overall wet cereals/bread feeling. Farmhouse character combined with malt profile is more reminiscent of a good French farmhouse Bière de Garde than a Belgian Saison. Medium fruitiness with ripe bananas and citrus fruits. Carbonation is lively and very much Belgian. The limited sweetness is neither caramel or honey or candy sugar, more like a sweet cake dough. Quite a bit of aromatic hops with a light refreshing citrus touch. Very doughy and with the carbonation it creates a foamy mouthfeel. Either this beer is underrated or I got a fresh superior bottle. Either this is an underrated beer or I got a fresh superior bottle, although when it comes to beer on the wild side of things I’m as sold as a 50%-off pair of fancy shoes in a jewish store.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle picked up from bevmo a near or so ago. poured a nice golde with a full white head. funky yeast and some citrus in the nose. Tast is nice a balenced with hints of carmel fruit and a nice tart citrus finish. a nice brew.
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sorry to see the brewery close. 22oz bomber. Initially pours bright gold and almost clear with a small white head. Nose is funk, grain, horseblanket, and lemony. Taste is bit light and evervescent with a light funk, barnyard taste. Very smooth. Second pour brings out the bottom with the yeast-nice cloudy yellow. Taste smoothes out and this second glass improves immensly. Nice domestic saison....RIP....