Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft tulip at FRTH, Denver. Poured with a nice golden appeal and a nice esthery nose. It drinks with a bubble-gummy spiciness, and ends with a stark dry finish. (#3512, 2/19/2009)
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very good, but I like the regular better. The holiday spices were good. Nice and floral. Alcohol seemed to be a bit more present in this version.
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Donít ask me why. On tap at the Vintage Estates in Boardman. Pours pale yellow and slightly hazy. Sweet, somewhat volatile aroma. Thick white head fades to a tea froth in a few minutes. Fairly strong attitude on the tongue. I would have guess this to be a strong ale style, not saison. Though it does not come across like 9.5%. Flat with little if any, detectable carbonatuion. Finish is a stronger belgie ale character. Alky laced linger. One of the better high alky brews Iíve tasted.
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow. Fruity smell, yeast, wheat and spices. Taste of bitter orange cest, fruit and a small sweetness. Little too much alcohol in the flavor.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a minor eruption when opening the 375ml bottle so I had suspended yeast. Letís see how this goes...
Warm, fruity alcohol on the aroma. Alcohol warms the mouth. First impression is sweetness but itís not. More like a combination of fruitiness and alcohol that leads to it. Tapers into some maltiness and prolonged warming feeling.
Leaves me wavering really but itís still quite pleasant.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - FEB 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle from Systembolaget, Karlstad. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head which dies after a while, but thereís a small ring of foam left at the edges of the glass. Spicey, yeasty aroma with notes of orange peel, citrus, unmatured apples, banana, coriander and clove. Itís also quite funky with a stable/barn like smell. Flavour is dry, pretty acidic and spicey. Notes of citrus, orange peel, unmatured apples, banana, clove, coriander and apricot. A slight fruity sweetness but most of all acidic, slightly funky and dry with a slight bitterness. Mediumbodied on the palate, filling with quite high carbonation. Quite refreshing despite the high ABV. Overall: a very nice Saison. I think Iím starting to like pale belgians/saisons/tripels more and more. Or maybe I just have tasted the best examples lately? This is one of the best belgians I ever had, all categories.
gnoff (9594) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2016 First rating
375 ml bottle, thanks to deft!
On February 7, 2009
Cork states 2008.
Cloudy yellow color with small particles, smallish white head. Acidic, dry wood, sweet, lactic scent. Acidic, very dry, yeast, spicy, harsh taste, also alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, harsh dry bitterness.
75 cl bottle thanks to Reza (non ratebeer), sampled on March 18, 2016.
Hazy to cloudy pale golden color, white head. Sweet, alcohol, yeast, light acidic, a bit phenolic scent. Yeasty, malty, spicy taste. Malty, spicy aftertaste. Medium to full mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 2007) Pours orange with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. The aroma has orange peel, coriander, banana, the typical Dupont must, pepper, and bread. Thereís also a toasty note that couples well with the must. The taste is lightly sweet, with flavors of peaches, caramel, and a tart note of apple skin. After these initial sweet flavors, the taste completely changes to spice and citrus. Thereís a finish of orange peel, coriander, and a lingering bitter note as well. The high alcohol never intrudes in both aroma or flavor. The mouthfeel is fuller than most saisons, but it is a welcome change of pace, and I can only see this getting better with age.
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with a large fluffy head. Taste of fruit, spice, and yeast. Has both bitterness and sweetness. Yeasty odor. Citrus aftertaste. Good.
rickgordon (3853) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. BB 2013/07
Deep, dark golden colour with fluffy head. The look of saisons is often beauitiful and this is no exception. Aroma is laid back but somewhat complex. Rich malty, with notes of marzipan, subtle peppery alcohol, fruits and spices. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with not that high carbonation. Itís slightly sweet malty, yet with a woody, dry-ish mouthfeel and peppery alcohol shines through along with those spices/herbs that are so typical for the style. I prefer my Saison to be a bit lower in alcohol, here is a blend of Blonde Belgian Strong Ale and Saison. A Super Saison perhaps? Subject of ageing it is for sure!