Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006
I lost track of who brought this or opened it, but thanks to whoever did. There is a reason this is one of the highest rated saisons on the site - because it deserves the honors.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge, dense yellow bubbly head subsided slowly, trickling down the sides of my glass leaving behind traces of lacing that lingered. The bouquet was rich with fruity notes - apples, pears and an overall sweetness. In addition, I was reminded of honey smoked ham as it hung in the rafters aging.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression was dry and peppery but soon gave way to a pleasant combination of sweet fruity flavors. The mouthfeel was just about right for a saison. It did not completely fill my mouth with intense flavors, but at the same time I did not have to guess at what pleasures were in my mouth. The spicy characteristic stuck around throughout the entire glass. It was never overpowering or intense but gave a nice balance to the beer. I enjoyed this; if I see if on the shelf around Madison it might be getting a second look in the future.
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh baby! Poperinge brought this out when the Stanley Cup came on the ice (2006). The whole room smelled like a wet barn when he popped the cork. Heavy carbonation. Tiny particulate. Closer up the aroma is salty with some cheese notes. Surprising up front sweetness in the flavour. Salty. Dry and dusty in the nose. Tasty but hard to describe. Reminds me of the joy of that first IPA in tasting something new and phenomenal.
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, cloudy, bright straw coloured body with a large and lasting white head. Full aroma of yeast, peaches, some orange and spice. Taste is pretty much what the aroma promises, sweet but balanced by spices, medium body for easy drinking, long finish, alcohol noticeable but not offensive. Enjoyed this very much. Yes I am starting to get partial to Saisons.
piscator34 (1980) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Rich gold in colour with strong carbonation. Delicate aromas of floral and grassy hops, spicy yeast, citrus fruits, and barnyard. Surprisingly peppery in the mouth, with some alcohol notes becoming apparent. In this sense, it was very much tripel-like. More funk and citrus flavor notes made their way into the mix as the beer warmed. A bit heavy handed in the alcohol and yeast department flavor wise, but still a good saison... my 29th bithday beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a volcanically effervescent golden with a large frothy white head. Aroma of sweet flowers, grapes, some dry alcohol. Flavor is quite strong... lots of floral sweetness coming through, alcohol, a touch of sweet cream, some herbal hoppiness. Body was not as fizzy as I thought it might be given the effervescence, but I would attribute that to the beer’s strength. It drinks and tastes like a big beer. But good, complex, and would go well with a nice cheese.
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 2005 Vintage, this one poured a nice golden to slight orange color with a humungous (but somewhat manageable) head that just pillowed and stayed there forever. The lacing was outstanding, rings all the way around and down the glass. The aroma was deceiving, somewhat sweet, yeasty, and spiced. The flavor started out somewhat funky, horse blankets, barnyard, and yeast with a mildly bitter (very pleasant) finish. As it warmed, the wheatiness came out. However, the finish was peppery and dry, really quite nice, keeping this from going too sweet like the Hennepin, which is supposedly from this style. The alcohol hid amazingly well initially and without food, however, the turkey and nuts really drew out the alcohol astringency.... very nice, all said and done. Re-rate, 12/09, on draft at SL: So smooth and excellent, a big Belgian appeal with the elements of light fruits, some pepper, very light off funk, great stuff, spices. Hennepin to the extreme and excellence. Missed a few vintage bottle re-rates, sometimes on the hotter alcohol side of things, but a great annual brew.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Piccadilly, Champaign. I’m once again reminded that Saison must be one of the most versatile food pairing beers available. Hot food, well spiced food, grilled, it can do it all. Enjoyed on a cool summer night with some food on the grill. Notes of lemongrass, citron, orange pell, coriander, chamomile, and a pleasant citrus hop finish. Fairly thin of palate and overly carbonated are its flaws. Otherwise, solid stuff, and again, great with a variety of food. This will be a regular summer drinker for me.
RichardGretton (4277) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orangey blonde beer with a strong bubbly head. The aroma is lightly fruity and spiced and the flavour vinous and lightly spiced, but not as strong as the alcohol percentage suggests. Overall a really great beer.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of yeast, bread, lemon, coriander. Appears a cloudy pale yellow with a mountainous yellow-white head. Flavor is yeasty and bitter. Palate is dry and effervescent. Overall, this is an excellent, though exceedingly bitter, saison.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottled 750. Huge nose of funky fresh yeast. Exploding head over murky, floaty/yeast. Fresh taste of yeast, alcohol (dry), and grass/veg/herb. The flavors really were huge, and even well structed, just not enjoyable to me. The over carbonation here is hinting at this bottles youth, thou. Finished rough too... Ehh maybe another time.