Cobra (1100) - - DEC 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml green corked & caged bottle. 2007 on cork. Hard to get the cork out.
Poured out a dirty yellow color, with plenty of haze. Aromas are of pepper, corriander, funky Saison yeast. Flavors are harsh, not well blended.
Mostly pepper, yeast, some solvents.
This beer could use some serious aging. I might put one down for 5 years & see what happens.
EithCubes (5180) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 Corked and caged courtesy of boboski - thanks! Cork reveals 2002 vintage - sampled here in December 2007. Super spicy nose - malt- and coriander-heavy. Yeasty with pear, pepper, orange peel, and a bit of lemon grass. Cloudy golden pour, but still very bright, with a dense creamy, rocky white head. Taste is brightly malty and yeasty, with dominant coriander. Full body with a little heft from the alcohol but no burn. Feel is smooth as velvet, and the aftertaste is dry with just a bit of spicy heat/harshness. Nice and woody, and not overly sweet like many a Saison. Classy! And rather excellent. [2007.12.10: 4.1]
A second bottle, though Iím no longer sure how it was acquired. Cork says 2006 (actually 2.006), so around seven years old at this point. Nose is creamy malt, yeast, lightly tart in the style of white wine, lightly honeyed. Pours deep orange-golden with a large and dense creamy white head, just a beautiful fluffy meringue. Heat is kept down and the alcohol mostly hidden for size, some beautiful and complex floral saison character and lighter herbal and peppery undertones. No coriander this time, but faintest vanilla and some occasionally spiky sugary elements; I wouldnít call it sweet, but itís not dry, either. Rich, exciting honey character, pear and orange marmalade. No bitterness or hops, extremely smooth and milky-creamy without any acidity at all, touch of smooth lubricating yeast, medium body. This may be the softest mouthfeel Iíve ever encountered, especially at this wallop; itís like rubbing your cheek against a puppy or baby duck or Kashmir sweater. What a wonderful, soul-nourishing drink! [2013.09.25: 4.5]
P.S. to the second bottle: I actually managed a really clean pour into the first glass, but the second and third were much yeastier, and much more intensely flavorful! Though thereís an obvious trade-off -- any downy MF of that extremity is necessary mitigated by yeast addition.
Third bottle, cork says 2.013, here in 2015. Soft and dusty nose, lemony, tart with peel, honey. Pours clear, rich golden with lots of carbonation and a foamy, dense, jiggly, lacing soapy white head. Understated but beautiful range of esters, floral whispers, and again, that amazing yeast. Smooth and richly malty with dusty noble character from the hops, lots of quick warming in the chest; I think this one might actually need a while to smooth down the alcohol! Still very mellow. Some mild mint and a lingering feeling of having drunk this directly after brushing my teeth (not the case), body is oily despite its excellent softness, digestibility. Greatness from simplicity, once again, but looking at past ratings, I wish Iíd aged this another two years. [2015.03.31: 3.9] [Overall: still 4.5, for now.]
Fin (8078) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Het Waterhuis a/d Bierkant 06-12-07 Poured a mid gold colour with a white rim of bubbles and medium carbonation. Excellent beer that started quite fiercely bitter but with a stunning spiciness, yeast and hop supporting cast thrown into the equation, yum.... The alcohol whilst quite pokey is never an unwanted guest and only really shows itself as a warming participant on the way down. A lovely winter beer and another corker that Iíve had from Dupont.
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at sl holiday event. Pours a cloudy gold with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, citrus, musty yeast, and light spices. Flavor is medium bodied with a slight sweetness and is lightly acidic with lemon, citrus, grass, and spicy hops and has a dry finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 bottle from 2006. pours hazy gold with fizzy white head. Funky aroma. Funky & bitter upfront with a citrusy finish, very nice
LinusStick (2931) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another awesome saison. These are rapidly becoming one of my favorite styles. Aroma of must, wet blanket and funk. Pour was a nice cloudy medium gold with a hint of a white head. Taste was very complex. Strong funk and dust with a nice bitterness in the front and a dry banana/citrus aftertaste. I would have guessed this beer was 6% had I not known. Awesome!
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Cloudy gold/light amber pour with a moussy white head. Aroma of bread dough, grass, flowers, musty yeast, some light spice and a bit of citrus and banana. Musty bitterness in the flavor with a light bready and citrusy body underneath. Has a dusty, ícorral railí dryness. Some bubblegummy sweetness comes through after a while. Finely carbonated. Excellent saison.
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. Pour a slightly hazy medium amber color. Aroma is somewhat yeasty with some sour lemon grass. Somewhat earthy as well. Flavor right up front is tart. Then turns sort of sweet and yeasty for a sec. Very full flavored with good bitterness. Lots of stuff going on. Very well blended. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750ml bottle--Effervescent thick foamy white head atop a hazy orange-copper body. Nose of complex sweet fruits such as bananas, oranges, and grapes. Yeasty and spicy through and through. A divine Belgian saison. Slightly mealy and gritty. Bready complexity in finish with a biting spice presence. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is well-hidden. Amazingly good brew!
vyvvy (4499) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber / orange with a small off-white head. The aroma has smooth nectar fruits (mainly nectarines) and light spice. The aroma is subdued compared to many saisons, but what is there is great. Medium body that starts off smooth and finish grainy and crisp with minor carbonation. The flavor starts off with citric and nectar fruits that have a richness, but are somehow dry as well. There is also a grainy spice and it has some abv showing through. The finish is quite peppery. This is an interesting and enjoyable saison. It does not seem as complex as most and the palate is smoother than expected for a saison.