Leafs93 (1833) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had in a bottle at Le Bec Fin for restaurant week. Pours a hazy golden yellow, nice head that dissipates slowly. Very little lacing though. Aroma is very citrusy, grapefruit shines through. The taste is sweet with a bite of tartness. A kick of hops is also present. Medium body with good mouth feel. I was impressed by this brew, very refreshing.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow with large white head. Hops and grapes, floral, fruits. A nice dry touch. Some citrus. Surprised of the hops, didn’t expect that from a Belgian beer. Very nice hops though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a decadent bronze body with a white head with great retention. Lush and dry white grapes, floral hop tones, some light citrus/pear notes. A great dry earth y hoppiness about it; spruce, brush pine, hints of wild tangerines and a drying earth bitterness. Wishing i poured this saison in an over sized wine glass to in hail this more. Soft floral palate with a drying earth y natural flavor, rolls softly over the tongue like velvet. This is great!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Keg at the Sloany Pony.
Hazy dark gold with a white film topping. Excellent aroma. Big sweet biscuity malt with a hint. Of grassy and floral hoppage. Flavour is even better. Almost ethanol like alcohol notes but stops just short. Lots of resinous hops and a hint of creme brûlée from the very sweet but not over the top malt. Excellent palate. Almost chewy but stops just short and manages to stay nice and clean. Just a lick of bitterness in the finish with some long sweetness and minerals. Very hoppy for a Belgian beer and distinctly better than the other Valeir beers I’ve had. Very good stuff.
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Yellow-blonde beer with a huge white lasting head. Aroma of hops, citrus and spices. Taste is also nice hoppy, with citrus and spices included, a light sweetness also, ending nicely with a light bitter taste. Great beer!
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 L bottle from Systembolaget. A moderate white head upon an orange hued, deep gold colored body. Aroma of coriander and Belgo-yeast. A whiff of caramel and perfume, and some citrus, too, tangerines comes to mind. Taste is fruity and zesty. Mild spices and yeast underneath. Mid-bodied. A slight soapiness on the palate. Light bitter finish with fruit and spice notes.
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a soft golden orange with a two finger creamy eggshell head.Nose is citrusy, lemon rind,estery,some spice,lovely hop aroma. Flavor is nice, lots of citrus,lemon,some pineapple, a bit of spice, yeast/ester compliment. Spicy palate with a mild bitterness. Tasty.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally hazy yellow color with a light white head. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of exotic fruit and spice. Hoppy flavor with a freshness from citrus fruit, spice and yeast. Refreshing drink with a very lively and fizzy mouthfeel.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy pale orange with a big white foam that leaves some lacings.
The smell is of white bread and Belgian yeast. Spices and grassy notes. Notes of lemon and caramel. Quite a nice smell, but nothing spectacular.
The flavor has a gently sweet malty backbone with notes of caramel and white bread. Lemon. Some spicy and grassy notes. Quite a lot of citric hop notes. Light phenols. The finish is rather bitter considering the style with some peppery and lemony hop notes and a hint of minerals. A refreshing taste.
Rather smooth texture and gentle carbonation. Medium body. Kind of dry finish.
A nice and refreshing saison. They managed quite well to integrate a somewhat prominent (but gentle) hop profile in it without loosing the characteristics of a saison.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso, recommendation from Darrell. Cloudy, stormy yellow with a white head that disappears rapidly but leaves incredible lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and lemon. Similar taste of both, with a bit of pepper. Very very dry with a slightly bitter finish. Well done.