DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy orangish pour with 2-finger head. Aroma of bready malt, orange zest, mango, lemongrass, funky yeasty hints. The flavor is bready malty and fruity, with some spicy floral notes and funky yeast. Fairly complex palate, but not an apex saison in my opinion.
JonMoore (1959) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber coloured with a slim off-white head. A fresh yeasty, fruity and caramel aroma. Taste is hops and spices, with some bread, malts and a light bitter finish. Quite dry, light bodied with a foamy mouthfeel. Good saison.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/4 inch head topped with a creamy dense blanket of foam. Reduces slowly with good carbonation. Slightly skunky aroma at first but soon dissipates to a crisp straw and lemon. Little bit of malts and just a hint of spices. Color is a bright copper orange. Flavor is kind of weak. Dry and bitter with a little chalkyness. More straw and spices (corriander and pepper) with a hint of sourness. Finish is very dry and bitter. A little too dry this one is. A decent saison.
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden saison with an orange hue and a thick creamy off white head. Sweet caramel aroma, with herbs and orange notes. Creamy mouthfeel hops, herbs, coriander, light sourness, very refreshing. Rich and creamy. Bottle at BCTC 2006.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent and pale brass in color with a sudsy, thin, tight and tannish-grey head. Aroma gives a delectable sour aroma as lemony baguettes waft alongside cleansing cotton, and lemon spray’s not far behind. Coriander and paradise seed give an earthy edge to the stalks of grain. Souring lemon rind flavor gives good graces with the bakery-centered French roll component. Coriander, anise and grains of paradise impart a harsher profile to the slightly tart baker shop performance. Quaffable effervescence with a scratchy and dry recession. Quantifiably, it’s balanced, for what good its worth. Ginger sourdough meets sharp brick cheese in the finish, meandering with lemon shortbread. Few surprises in this one, but it’s a decent drink.
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a cloudy golden color with orange-amber hue. Very nice initial head that dissipated to a thin covering on the beer with decent lacing. A flowery and barnyard type aroma. Flavor was tart / sour sweet with a peppery finish. Aftertaste was peppery and of apples. A refreshing but nothing special summertime beer for me.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper-brown with a whitish head. The aroma is bready, hints of fruitiness, toffee, and cereal. Flavour is mostly bread with a hefty yeast component and hot spices. Fairly simple with mostly bread malt backing. Reasonably drinkable but not as refreshing as I like my saisons to be.
Sammy (9198) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
enjoyable beverage..a bit sour astringent but malted down, and middle mouthfeel, but nice foam and bannana mouthfeel, drinkable acceptable spices. Very good aroma of spices and yeast. Lemon, honey, pepper, caramel
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously shared by Argo0: Pours to a slightly hazy golden-yellow-amber colored body with a large dark eggshell colored head. The head lasts thorughout and shows some nice lacing. Light cobwebs and barnyard show themselves with a bit of funk in the aroma, alongside some juicy fruit notes (pear, peach, apple), with just a tiny hint of yeast. The taste has a bit of yeasty barnyard flavors up front, though not very assertive barnyard, along with some light herbs, grass, some sweet bread-like malt, and some bitter floral hops. Finishes with some medium bitterness, but it’s difficult to tell whether that bitterness is coming from hops or other factors. Light bodied, medium carbonation.
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle) Hazy amber body with large off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, honey/honeydew, dusky/spicy. Taste is medium sweet, herbal/earthy, light spicy, dry finish. Light body. Flavor is decent but surprising given the sweet fruitiness of the aroma.