iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL, no date. My bottle also claims 6%ABV, and bottled in Ath, Belgium. Pours a hazy red orange with a two finger light beige head. Aroma of citrus, pepper, dusty hops, grain and sweet caramel malts. Taste is caramel up front with some nondescript bitterness. Has some dirt and a grassiness--bitter dry finish. Otherwise taste is the same. Highly carbonated, light bodied. Nothing fantastic.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Rerate from at bottle bought at O’Briens: Enjoyed the flavor profile much more this time with a fruity and crisp acidic nature balanced by an earthy and oxidized character. The finish has an olde school bite of oak and brett.
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Poured a slightly hazed golden hue with a fading frothy head and some lace. The nose is very true to the genre with moderate spice vapours of pepper, cardamom, juniper along with grassy hops, wet grains and light earthy esters.
The flavor profile shows a mild acidic twang along with a grassy mild hop nature finishing with just a touch of spice. This beer is refreshing due to it lack of complex flavors and depth. More akin to a Macro Lager than a bold classic like Dupont or Fantôme. Watery and forgettable, this is a beer that is drinkable but would not be something I would likely pay for again.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-rate. 750 ml fresh bottle this time. Pours a moderate to deep amber with a nice fluffy cloud-like beige head and some great lacing. Aroma is initially bready and pils malt but after it warms a bit, it becomes earthy, phenolic, spicy, and yeasty- traditional saison-like but dulled a bit and is more earthy than farmhouse like. Spicy phenolic flavor of earth, and herbal hops, light bready malts, nutty, leathery, and finishes with a harsh dry bitterness which is almost pithy almond-like and astringent, but still nice and refreshing. Very very dry in the end, almost no sweetness throughout the beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luminous ruby/orange with mounds of off-white foam. Black pepper spice, a raw warm damp earthiness, rustic bread, a little touch of cardamom and white raisins. Really delicate palate--like sipping cloud. A light sweet soft bready malt malt that evaporates with dramatic abruptness. Some dates and a little background bitterness. A solid, interesting beer.
bb (8139) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a big off-white head. Spicy, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma. Spicy, earthy, slight lemon, slight metallic, and yeast flavor. Spicy, earthy finish with more of a metallic note that fades as the beer warms (or I drink more). Medium bodied. Drinkable.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Cloudy light brown body with a long-lasting medium off-white head. Malt profile is all-bran cereals and dry tree branches (rough chunky feeling). Plenty of yeast. Some nut flavours in tasty caramel and orange flavours. Light body, no sweetness, soft carbonation. An ok beer but in the land of the Saison this Giant is dwarfed by so many others.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Metallic-orange body with suspended pale particles and a big, loose, frothy off-white head. Smells like raw dark honey with caramelized and toasted malt. Also has a bready aroma, but minimal yeast characters overall. Prominent baking soda in the flavor with some strong graininess and an herbal finish with substantial bitterness. Very dry and light-bodied. Drinkable, but there’s not much here to grab or hold my attention.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Concordia. Deep coppery amber colored, fairly clear. Decent, whitish head fades at a moderate pace, little lacing is left behind. Aroma is lightly bitter, traces of funk perhaps. Medium bodied, which is a bit of a drawback. This seems to be a bit underattenuated. Nice malty flavor, decent funky bitterness is really pleasant. Yeast is relative present. Decent.
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, served in a PBR chalice. Poured a very slightly hazy medium amber with a dusting of white head and considerable rising carbonation. Nose was on the weak and dusty side... honey, lighter fruits, and bread were the primary players... pleasant. Flavor found dried plums, some clove and white pepper spiciness, sliced apples, and a honey base. I thought this flowed very well across the palate with a drier dusty fruit and spice finish. Not necessarily exciting, but a solid brew.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Light and fruity nose with a touch of yeasst. Lightly dusty with orange citrus notes. Flavor is full of spice and some tones of alcohol. Bitter with caramel malts. Yeasty or bready with faint citrus qualities. Kind of a thick body that finishes sweetly of hops and wheat.