EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange pour with a thick bubbly white head. Spicy coriander aroma. Similar bitter spicy flavor. Very smooth velvety texture. Not bad, but I was a bit disappointed.
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-golden with a thick and creamy head. Sweet and very spicy aroma. The flavour is quite special: yeast, spice and sugar dominate it with notes of peper and pear.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Capone’s 12/13/08: Poured an orange color with a thick head. The aroma was flowers, grass, honey and orange. The flavor was tasty, with sweet and spicy orange peel, flowers, funk, and yeast. Overall, one of the best Saison’s I’ve ever had.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a very cloudy, glowing orange-amber color. A small, fading white head leaves a sudsy wash on the glass, most of which returns to the body. The aroma reminds me of a woman’s perfume, very floral and estery overall, with distinguishing notes of candied orange peel, lemon zest, clove, cracked pepper, and a heap of dry, bready, bretty yeast. Flavors are bright and zesty up front, citrus again featured prominently. Pale malts and candy sugar add ample sweetness, while spicy, peppery, floral hop notes and dry, farmhouse yeast add complimentary depth. Medium-full in body, with a fine, active carbonation, the palate finishes dry to the point of being parching, with lingering floral bitterness. Overall, this is a very fine saison, but it goes a bit over the top for me. Though I like this brew very much, I prefer the normal Saison Dupont for both everyday palatability and subtle complexity.
malrubius (2486) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle in Duvel glass. Pale hazy orange with lasting white head and lace. Spicy lemon pastry aroma. Very fresh. Bready honey melon with strong spicy bittereness. Medium body (light for the abv) with effervescent carbo and nice mouthfeel. Very assertive, complex, refreshing, drinkable and strong. One the of the best beers, period. Big thanks to Stu at Shoreline Bev for the special order.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.
Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.
Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.
Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at’cha!).
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Great crisp flavor. Not too sweet. Some citrus and hop. Faint spicyness. The alcohol content is not apparent in the nose. Fantastic!
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, thanks to bontus. noise a bit dusty, fine hop flavour en lemon tastes.
Very drinkable therefore a complex aroma
Bontus (742) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2016 75cl bottle approx two years old, on occasion of new years eve.
Pours hazy blonde with a thick foamy white head. Nose is like a dusty attic, chalk, cheese. Aroma of citrus and herbs. Flavorbalance good between sweet and sour. Very silky mouthfeel and alcoholcontent only noticeable as it warms.
Rerate 37,5cl bottle, 3 years old. Nice yeast trail in the bottle, sticky sediment, but nonetheless some floaties in the beer too. Awesome nose of white wine, grapes, fresh fruit and a slight oakiness. Bit alcoholic, low carbonation. A very good beer for aging.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a thin off white head. Nose is full and earhty with some tart citrus. The flavor is the same but a bit more complex and a light mouthfeel.