WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous pour ... apricot gold with a huge firm big-bubble pure white head. Nose of yeast, orange, coriander. Taste of yeast, orange, coriander, pepper bite ... and then ... out of nowhere ... nasty of nasties ... serious funk. What is this doing in a Saison? Have we gone lambic all of a sudden? I’ll need to think about this some more. And as it breathes the skuny funkiness goes away. I sort of like this.
PorterPounder (6702) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml corked bottle. Hazy, medium peach colored pour with a soft silky white head that leaves delicate clingy lacing. Fresh flowery aroma with hints of pear juice, a mixture of spices - perhaps coriander. Full-bodied flavor with some soft citrus notes, light yeast, hints of sweet uncooked cake mix. Spicy notes shine through in the back end with some coriander notes and a lemony aftertaste that permeates throughout. Thickish creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue and warms the belly. Excellent Saison that hits the spot after a long day of last minute Christmas shopping.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You’d expect strong yeasty spice, but carbonation and overall balance of flavor is not as profound as the standard Saison Dupont. Good, but not great. Worthy of another bottle though....maybe the review will change????
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Great beer with food. Pours wiht a nice yellow cloudy color. very strong yeast aromas with some funk and spices.
Greta flavors of bread, yeast and some spices. Very creamy palate but at the same some bubbliness. Much better in my mind than the regular Saison.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light gold in color with a nice frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is all belgian yeast and some funk. Taste is much the same, but works well. Some lemon zest and spice coming through the funk. Creamy and just perfeclty carbonated, not too much. An easy drinker that will catch up with you in a hurry. Very good.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Blue Nile. Generously poured by Pigfoot. Thanks Al! Dry, dusty yeast with spices and orange zest. Perfume and soap. Quite aromatic. Pours hazy gold with a creamy white head. Very sweet malt initially on the palate balanced nicely by loads of dry and spicy yeast. Soft and creamy. Delicate with excellent carbonation. Finishes quite dry.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at d.b.a. Golden pour with medium sized white head. Aroma of some earth and spices. Flavor is sort of a conglomeration of earthy malt, spices, a little sour lemon, and blond belgian malt sweetness. Pretty good blend of flavors, but I would prefer to have any one of the flavors stand out a little more.
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 (5365) - 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 I’m 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 wouldn’t call it sweet, but it’s 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 I’ve ever encountered, especially at this wallop; it’s 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 there’s 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 I’d aged this another two years. [2015.03.31: 3.9] [Overall: still 4.5, for now.]
Fin (8849) - 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 I’ve had from Dupont.