axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy orange/amber color body with a signature white head. The aroma is a mild, slightly barny, yeast. The flavor is lemongrass, mild bananas, and some light honeydew. A very enjoyable Saison!
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Intriguing fruity, herbal aroma, very lightly sweet with notes of green, leafy, herbal and citric hops along with lighter suggestions of powdered sugar, hay, faint wood and cellar must. Golden amber in color, initial pour is quite clear with a massively frothy and lasting head. Flavor profile is, for the most part, bitter, citric and lightly tart, some lemon, grapefruit, leafy herb and hop spice noted as well, leading to a dry, cleansing, yet long lasting finish that is also full of yeast character. Highly effervescent palate but is still fairly smoothly rendered and quite drinkable. Body is fairly full. An interesting creation, as is this brewer’s way.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I could smell the Belgian yeast, the aroma was sweet and fruity. t was a very cloudy amber color. To me the flavor was that of a sour apple. The mouthfeel was just a little bit stick. Overall, it was very good.
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Hazy dark orange coloured. In the aroma some notes of wild-fermentation shine through, although i doubt whether this is intentionally. Some sourness, dryness, yeast and a lot of hops. Very odd combination of all kinds of flavours. Overdone imho.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Particulate-filled, cloudy amber body with white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong, medium sweet, herbal/grassy, banana, melon, yeast/cheese, light dusky. Taste is medium sweet, melon, herbal, cream, light banana. Creamy medium body with alcohol fairly well hidden.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Back to crazy. Cloudy orange body with a large head. Aroma is a mess with notes of lighter fruits, overripened grapefruity hops, smoke from rotton wood, peppers and light spices. The flavor is the same, and I have no idea how this qualifies as a saison but whatever. The smoke flavor I am getting is almost a flat or bad one, so I used a rotton wood reference. It’s definitely not hickory roasted smoke or something that sounds equally attractive. The grapefruity hops came off in a similar way. Whether this beer was sitting for too long or this was intended, I have no idea... it was certainly interesting.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma is fruity, lactic, yeasty. Very bitter flavour. A lot hoppy taste too, too much spices. Too bitter.
treadyroc (148) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very deep, dark brown in appearance. If you did a blind taste test between this & any other English bitter, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that this was indeed a Belgian brew.
Very (extremely?) different from any other Belgian beer I’ve tasted. It was a big surprise, & I’d definitely recommend it.
skortila (4311) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma is lactic, hoppy and floral. Cloudy, orange coloured with a medium head. Taste is very weird. Sourish, flowery, yeasty, lactic, quite hopbitter, spicy. What a bunch of tast together, i agree with the bierkoning; over the top.
caesar (4623) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th DRG. Cloudy orange golden color, medium head. Yeasty and bit fruity aroma, hop. Saison-like taste, very bitter though.