frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from í02. A gift picked up in Amsterdam at De Bier Koning.Pours a pale golden colour with a stiff white rocky head like beaten egg whites.Wonderful esthery aromas emit from my glass, apples, strawberries, vanilla, pepper, dusty cobwebbs, yeast. At fisrt sip... Oh my god itís belgian beer heaven. Beautiful fruity yeast, honey, pepper,Quite subtly complex( read I donít have the verbal acuity to properly describe what Iím tasting)Rich full mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Incerdibly drinkable, no, dangerously drinkable. The best thing Iíve tasted out of Belgium.....So far.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Sampled at Carlsens, Odense in 2005.]
Enormous aroma with lots of ingredients such as grapefruits and coriander. Very heavy flavor with dry spices and cereals. On tap in Belgium it must be like in heaven!
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden, huge rocky head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is spices, pepper, loads of yeast, grass, funk. Flavor brings this with a light alcholic finish. An enjoyable Saison.
jason (1686) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a good size head. The head dwindled a bit during the drinking but stayed with a nice ring. Spice is present in the aroma and taste. Corriander is present i n thearoma. Taste is of lemon, ugly fruit, yeast, and orange peel. Finishes awesome. Cheers!
jrob21 (2755) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally grabbed this one and enjoyed it immensely. Well made, well balanced, very complex beer. Nice citrus aromas. The taste is dominated by yeast and spice. Cloudy golden color with a big white head. More subtle than what I remember of other saisons I have had. That subtleness and complexity adds to the experience of this one. This is why people love this style.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy off yellow grain color w/ a flufy white head & nice lacing. Avg but delicate palate. Aroma is pretty delicate some notes of hay and a yeasty bread like note, quite light. Flavor is bananna & bread dough some light spices lemon zest a fairly dry fininsh. Quite nice.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale yellow clear color (the result of a careful pour.) Aromas of citrus and hay. With the same citrus and crisp spiciness on the finish. Excellent.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
a bit like opening a bottle of champaigne and just as bubbly. Tastes smooth and dry with little to no aftertaste. A much better Saison that the south hampton in my opinion.
anders37 (18184) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy golden colour with a longlasting white head. Sweet malty yeasty aroma with some soicy hints and hints of citrus. Sweet malty yeasty and spicy flavor. Slightly bitter malty and yeasty finish with some citrus hints.
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Draft
2006 at Brouwers. Dec 30 í06.
Hazy straw amber with a modest white head and lovely lacing. This beer has a splendid aroma of lemon, barnyard dust, and a hint of vinegarly lambic. The flavor is stunning: lemon and lovely - nay, perfect - bitter hops, more barnyard, a hint of sunflower seed, and warm sweet malts through the middle. The mouthfeel is full and rich without either the heat or the thickness one might attribute to a 9.5% beer; as a result, this one is packed beyond compare with flavor but remains refreshing nonetheless and despite its high alcohol content.
After 600+ ratings, this is the best beer Iíve ever tasted. My new top-rated beer by two points.
Revisit on tap, Feb 18 í07. Indeed, after my encounter with the bottled version (described below) I began to wonder if the rating above resulted from one of those fortuitious moments where the beer and the mood and palate and the setting all align in perfect synchrony to raise a very good beer to beyond excellent in the moment.
So the next day, I tried this again on tap, again at Brouwers. The previous 4.7 (9/4/10/5/19) was no fluke; that beyond-perfect mouthfeel was back, the beer was everything I had experienced the first time, and it was fully deserving of its position alone at the top of my list.
Relatively fresh, 2/2007. 750 ml, 2006 bottling tasted Feb 17 í07.
From the bottle, this is a somewhat different beer. Itís very good, still, but it doesnít compare with the mind-blowingly good beer that I tasted on tap. Much of the loss is in the mouthfeel. The bottled version features a coarser head; it is harsher and lacks the smooth creamy fullness of the tap, substituting instead a more oily mouthfeel and more overt 9.5% alcohol. I probably would have rated this about a 4.2 if I was tasting it for the first time. The take-home lesson is that if you havenít had this one on tap, you havenít had the full experience of what it can be.
Fresh Bottle 10/2012. Alright, I gotta downgrade this one. It may be divine on tap, but itís human in the bottle based on yet another too-hot, bit-too-sticky fresh bottle tasted 10/2012. Iíd go about 8/4/8/4/16=4.0 on the bottle, but Iíll split the different with draft.
Fresh Bottle 12/25/13. Pretty amazing this time around, not hot, barely sticky. Just delicious, drier than I remember. Two main things going on here. The less amazing of the two is a strong stone ground wheat thin cracker flavor coming from the malts, even bringing some sweetness one the palate acclimates. The other, which is the true soul of the beer, is the massive sulfur and mineral character of the house yeasts. A delight that Iíd rate around 8/4/9/4/17=4.2.
Bottle four years old
2006 bottle, May 2010. This one is better fresher, I fear. Now the bready malts and a minerally base are at the forefront, and itís just not the beer it once was. Itís still really good -- 3.9 to 4.0 range -- with no glaring flaws. But I concede that it wasnít really meant to be aged.