Skinnyviking (8660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting white head. Hazy yellow body. Sweet fruity, apple pear lemon, aroma. Mild and sweet fruity flavor with no indication of the high alcohol percentage. Low carbonation and a sweet short aftertaste.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a goldenrod yellow with significant haze and an immaculate whipped cream thick head. Aroma is of heavy, fruity yeast and pils malt. Taste is far thicker than I ever thought a saison was capable of being. Much of the thickness seems to be from hop bitterness that sticks on the palate. Not as good as the standard issue Saison Dupont.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy gold color with thick fluffy head. Aroma is slightly musty, yeasty, citrus and other mild fruit notes permeate the nose. Taste is spicy, fruity, and musty. Palate is slightly sweet followed by some dryness. Overall, a very well done Saison.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this one!
Pours a straw-yellow color with a large velvet-pillowy white head. Aroma is spicy, lemon, and yeasty. Taste is about the same, with some floral and citrus characteristics. Good stuff, but I still think the Americans do this style better. Sorry, Euros!
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous. Pours golden with a medium sized white head that has some staying power. Carbonation is perhaps the most visually interesting I’ve ever seen. It dances, moving slowly and elegantly. One of the finest looking beers I can recall. Aroma is yeasty, with a lot of fruity character. It smells great. The flavor, well it comes off as being very clean to me. This is not at all bad. I’ve had many Belgians that just seemed sloppy in their flavor, and just did not feel polished. This seems to be very well designed in it’s structure, and I really enjoyed it. The ABV does not show itself, and I think I could drink this stuff quite often.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Spicy nose with light fruit notes and orange peel. Earthy spices like thyme and pepper contrast strawberry and cherry aromas. Cloudy pale gold with a big fluffy head that laces nicely. Big alcohol presence, sharp with some astringency and a peppery bite. Buttery notes underneath. A bit muddled and harsh.
rederic (3253) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage, cloudy honey gold hue, with a thick white head, leaving laces, yeasty, fruity, floral bouquet nose of lavender, rose petal with some spicy, lemon, grapefruit, peach, tangerine hop fruitiness, with some honeyed ppale malt in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, honeyed pale malt, fruity, herbal flower character of lavender, with a faint fruitiness of ripe apples, with a good flowery hop citrusy, of lemon skin, leading towards a warmth, fruity, leafy hop dryness finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - 2007 vintage; thanks to beerlando for the trade; pours hazy, light orange with frothy white head; aromas of sour apples, bitter cloves, lemons; very wine-like; drink very, very dry with flavors of lemons, grapes and spice; lots of funk and more spicy than the other 3 during my night of saisons; like the level of funk; very nice
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of lemon and other sunny fruits. yeast comes next, also providing defined clouded yellow body. belgian spice mixes with up front booze profile creating an almost sweet pastry like flavor. this is a bold, ’big beer’ - which is in itself bold departure for a saison, which this certainly is despite some amount of trail blazing in its flavor profile. wonderful head borders on the whipped cream sometimes seen in non-saison belgian ales. while the alcohol makes this slightly less palatable then some others of the famed dupont family, its contribution to complexities cannot be denied. the use of spice and its ABV indeed make this a great holiday brew.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I screwed up and accidentally updated a Vieille Provision score with my score for this beer. This was an awesome beer. Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick, dense white head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of some moderate citrus (orange peel, light lemon), lightly funky barnyard yeast, some soft spices, and a bit of floral hops. Flavor consists of a lightly tart, smooth entry with some hints of wheat and undertones of citrus and a moderate yeasty funk smoothing out into a moderately spicy finish with some undertones of soft fruit and a dry yeastiness. Crisp and dry on the palate, a real treat to drink. Awesome.