beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect gold with a orange tinted center. Slighly paled and definately hazed from the tons of activity that swirls and dances around within. Carbonation is fevered and running for a long time after every pour. Tiny specks of yeast and spices thread themselves inbetween the bubbly action. The head is towering and creamy with a lightly stained whiteness that resembles home made whipping cream. Not to mention the staying power this cap has. It takes for ever to subside from all the carbonated action. Only from sipping does it get taken away. The lacing isnít really lacing at all, its left over creamy clumps and shelves that sit around the top of glass in areas that Iím not sipping from. Incredible appearance! I could go on, but...
Aroma is adequately forward with a lemony spice, dried grasses, airy yeasty dried spice, and pale breads. As it begins to finally settle in after a length the warming temp tends to get an over riped, fruity funk of pineapple and banana skins. The malts really turn it around into something quite different. Still takes alot of wiffing to get the subtlities down as well as its overall nose. But quite capativating, non-the-less.
Taste is firm and standing tall. Takes you right in and begins the ride of complexity thats nearly overwhelming. Lots of weird but interesting spices fly up and down and around the center of a pale bready, semi soured tangy center of sweetness. Yeasty things are always there as is a fruity sense of dulled and over ripe citrusy stuff. Kinda stuffy, fairly bold, easliy rich, inticing, slimming dryness, moderate malts, and faint notes to citrus peels and their bitterness and parching effects. One super complex flavor thats ever changing from sip to sip. Something new captured in every sip. A nice aspect to what seems to be its dulling character. I think its the spices, which are peppery, yeasty, floral, dry, grassy, and not withstanding any real overplay as it helps balance the funky fruity paled sweetness.
Feel is solid and active, at first, once it settles and is at the bottom, trailing end of its offering, it gets completely awesome. Warm, spicing, airy, creamy, rich, malty, spicy again, some dryness, more spices, wow, it never stops making an impression. Some lasting sips bring the warmth right into the nose with spices and warmth. To me thatís an impression.
The drinkability is quite good and can be put back easliy enough, yet that 9.5 % sneaks right in and lets you know and reminds you to slow it down for full enjoyment at the proper stage of the beersí life. An incredible Saison thats sure to blow the mind of any worthy connoisseur of the style. Seemed at its peak of interest to me at around 60 degrees. So serve warmer then the norm for most and enjoy.
harrisoni (12487) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2013 Bottle at - Bruxellensis Festival. Gold colour with thin off white head. Nice saisony type strong beer. Wears the alcohol well. 3.1/5.0 Re-rate 75cl bottle from Terre de Boissons, Calais. Belgian estery yeast and hoppy aroma. Lovely in mouth, sherberty hops, some fullness but just wears that alcohol so so well. Very drinkable. Hops and dryness on finish are excellent. Could get very drunk on this
Choos (562) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: hoppy and sharp. Appearance: orange to brown and cloudy with a great white fluffy head and sheet lacing. Flavour: massive hop bitterness and flavour hop. Malty. Palate: lingering bitterness.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged bottle. Corked marked 2005. Poured a large white frothy head that was mostly lasting, cloudy and a pale yellow with a little orange peeking through for the hue. Sweet citrus, tart and spicy note for the aroma. Flavor was sweet, dry, citrus, and spicy. Nicely done. Tingly, dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Matta for this one! 2002 750ml.
Pours with a fluffy, long lasting head of white over a medium yellow body. Lace galore!
Sweet tart aroma. Earthy, apples beginning to decay.
Sweet flavor well balanced by fruity tartness, yet not overly so. An interesting and easy drinker.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 AMAZED! Pours a slightly hazed pale yellow w/ a full semi creamy froth that slowly reduces to a full snow white blanket that lays there for the whole duration. Aroma is like a flowery bouquet of fruity malt, citrus and rock candy. Medim nectar w/ ample residual effers including champagne streamers. Possesses a full malty backbone. Flavors are strong yet crisp and refreshing w/ a slight tartness and a deep bittering on the finish. Grapefruit rind, peach, lemon, pineapple, kiwi, slight tropical banana cream. This brew is so strong flavored yet balanced by the high hop that only shows itself on the finish. I could drink it all night. Amazing! Connoiseurs Choice! Highly recommended! Belgian ales never cease to amaze me. I am so thankful we get these fantastic specimens to enjoy in this hot desert climate from someplace thousands of miles away
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. Pours clousy with a white head. Smells grassy with some mellow citrussy highlights. Tastes grassy with some perfumey notes. Light and drinkable but rather basic.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you like the saison sytle of beer, then you will love this. Everything that makes a saison what it is is all right here. Aroma is spicy, grassy, citrusy, malty and bready. Pours out a rather large fluffy head, bright orange color...looks really inviting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather spritzy in the tongue. Flavors were interesting enough to keep even the most jaded reviewers attention. A little citrus, hay, vinegar, yeast, peppery and my favorite...a little funk going on. Itís not real prominent in any one flavor profile but it does a lot of little things really, really well.
maeib (8286) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught- Swan and Rushes Leicester. A hazy, pale orange coloured beer with some nice white head and lacing. The aroma is very lemony with some pepper and some funky farmyard stuff. The taste is also funky with some good lemony hops and again a peppery feel to it. A little medicinal touch. Very smooth and mellow and easy to drink. Does not have the character of some of the other Dupont Saisons, and suffers for that.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Thanks to secret santa for this one. Pours out a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is a bit hoppy with some fruit and vinious notes. Very nice apperance with a rocky white head. The taste was very smooth for the alcohol content. Very solid beer with notes of fruit and some hops and that funky vinious lingering taste. Very solid and complex beer, but at the same time very refreshing. Awesome beer, thanks a bunch santa.