kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, 2006. Hazy, honey-golden appearance; brilliant white head with great retention and tight lacing. Generous aroma: plenty of yeast, white pepper, honey and spice; hints of funk. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: yeasty, belgian ale profile, pepper and spice. Quite dry, filling, and fluffy. Medium, dry finish with plenty of yeast.
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen. Aroma of citrus and honey, with more of same in flavor. But here itís dry and somewhat bitter, faintly sour, instead of overly sweet. Dryness is perfect, with a great cottony mouthfeel. Sorry Iíve never had this before, looking forward to having it from a bottle.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a blonde amber with a white head. Smell was a yeast fruit aroma. Very citrus and yeast flavor, left an acidy finish.
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated the standard saison mistakenly and probably drunkenly, so apologies for that...Golden apricot shaded brew, very cloudy in consistency. Aroma of pineapple, spice, and buttery chardonnay. I taste citrus, straw and wheat. Acidic mouthfeel. Thereís much less to say about this beer than I anticipated or might like to offer, but I did enjoy it.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 750ml 06 bottle. nose is spicy and funky, scent of stale hops and coriander. a nice full head, cloudy blonde color, looks delicious. getting some nice citrus, banana, and coriander. has an extremely smooth mouth feel, tart at first then very dry like a saison should be. alcohol is a little too present and i feel the spices need to mellow a bit. will age some. a good saison but iíve had better.8/4/7/3/16.3.8
3/23/07 picked up another bottle on my way to thai byob, and found the spices have mellowed real nicely and this became dangerously easy to drink. 4.
11/30/07, sampled a 1 year aged bottle. I wouldnít say this got any better. the spices toned down a bit and the alcohol was more noticed. it actually lost of a bit of its character. like it better fresh. 3.7.
1/10/08, sampled a winter 2006 bottles, about 16 months of age on it. the spices have mellowed but the saaz hops offer a spice and leathery nose along with hay. citrus flavor with a grainy alcohol finish. extremely easy to drink for an almost 10% beer. iíll try and stop dipping into the cellar for these so i can re-rate at 2 years old.3.8.
Svesse (6900) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 14 Dec) Golden yellow/orange colour, hazy, with white head. Fruity, spicy nose with lemon, Seville orange and a hint of clove. Fruity, spicy taste with clove, Seville orange and lots of spicy hops in the long finish. Fairly dry, with alcohol well hidden. Warming stuff with that unmistakable earthy, spicy Dupont character that is so hard to resist. Brilliant.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Milltown in Carrboro, NC. Hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head. Some yeast and barnyard funk in the aroma but also some hints of clove. Flavor is rather complex. I picked up notes of cloves, light citrus, dry cinnamon, and then some banana as it warmed. Extremely easy to drink and packing quite a wallop. Fantastic beer.
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle. Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy spicy fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium blalanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale is everything a Saison ought to be, spicy, subtly fruity and spicy. Very well balanced between the different flavors in this one, with the raisin/caramel flavor being most predominant. Definitely one to try if you love Saisons.
Zeswaft (1464) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember andrew making a big deal about this beer over thanksgiving and me not caring because he likes all of these stupid belgians like lambics and saisons. I had this on tap and i remember breaking it down, simply, like this: alcohol then candy sugar then bret funk then hops. If he canít even get on board for this beer then I definitely canít. Actually, itís not as funky as i was expecting, which is the kind of crap he cherishes. I really only got this instead of another Braumeister harvest pils because i wanted to rub it in that i got this on tap.