eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice example of the style. Initial aroma from the bottle was skunky and funky. That settled down to just the usual funk after the pour with some peppery notes. The pour was pretty, lots of carbonation, lots! The head was great and the lacing solid, and the body fairly clear up until the end of the bottle, when the yeasties were unleashed into my glass (yum!). The flavor was rich and deep, nice smooth wheaty and funky base to the beer with some definite pepper and spices in there. Full-bodied saison, very nice.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a surprisingly clear gold color with a fluffy white head. The appearance is the least impressive thing about this beer. Wonderfully funky aroma. Notes of what I have come to know as "horseblanket" and a little bit of light citrus. Insanely complex flavor with notes or citrus, simple spicey hops, straight funk and a bitter finish. This is that good shit. That funky garage shit. That frustrating shit that seems simple enough that you could make yourself but you can’t. Just the other day I decided that I don’t like people that don’t like Fantome.
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Hazy yellow colour with mediumsized whiute head. Barnyardish aroma with acidic fruity hints. Acidic citric flavour with earthy hints. Very dryish and a bit sticky in an acidic way in the aftertaste.
Quevillon (2616) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Re bu le 5/11/08 à Brouhaha, en bouteille de 750ml. Blonde miel légèrement brumeuse, petit collet. Arome doux de blé malté, des notes d’agrume et de pêches. Goût fruits sûrette avec une touche sucré, un peu de blé malté, avec une finission alcoolisé. Une saison intéressante, d’inspiration lambic sans doute!
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Beermania. Aroma is light, mysical, honey-coriander. Beer has gold aura from within, orangish haze. white proper foam. Flavor is spiced, light sweetness, slight skronk-funk, seems to be a characteristic of some of these saisons, or it could also be the green bottle. A little "meh." Does not tate like 8% at all but feels like it. Some fruitiness, suspect I either don’t like this style/brewer style as much as others, or have bad luck with these green bottles.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding!! I’m so glad I had the chance to have this. I’ve had their Black Ghost but somehow I think this was even better! Spicyness in the nose along with a good bit of burn. Sweet with a nice fruit side to it. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Flavor were fairly complex with notes of fruit, spices, pepper, sour, sweet and tart all rolled into one. One of the best saison’s I’ve had. Really, really good.
hopheadsean (1) - newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A true Belgian farmhouse ale. Nice golden color with a slight haze. Earthy flavors with a citric/sour taste. A true classic for this style.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cloudy wit colored beer. Very floral nose with a slight tartness evident. Flavors are lemon grass and tart apple. Dry, musty finish.
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finding a good saison can be a lot like rolling a handfull of one-sided dice with snake eyes. A lot of it is just silly. SPF45, for example. I’m not one to clamor around something for it’s notoriety, and that was a gross let down. This stuff, however, rocks the saison boat old style. Nothing fancy, no berries or seeds or any of that other experimental crap. Straight forward belgian with spicy notes, fine bubbles and a good alcohol turnout. I wish I could afford to see what this would do to me after a dozen glasses, but, alas, it’s friggin expensive. I think this was my favorite drink of the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party a few months ago. I say THINK because, let’s face it, if you remember the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party then you didn’t have that great a time.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured a lovely irridescent cloudy pale gold with a lasting foamy white head. Very yeasty nose, sweet & sour with tangy cherries and other bright fruit character. Crazy flavor! Tart and very fruity, sour cherries and just-underripe pineapple. A little spicy. Dominated by yeast-derived flavors. Finish starts buttery and becomes tart and bone-dry. Medium palate, gentle and velvety with an exciting sour/alcohol twang. A treat for lovers of weird, yeasty, sour beers ;-)