Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A straightforward brew, golden in body with a tall rocky head. Good lacing. The aroma is slightly sour, citric (tangerine?) with a light floral hopping. This is foamy in the mouth, it’s so light-bodied. The flavor is a tart/sour citrus fruit with light, grassy malt and a touch of herbal bitterness. It finishes on a refreshingly sour/bitter note. Not bad, if not very complex for a Saison.
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jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml. bottle dated 4/30/05. Clear golden color with a huge rocky head. Floral, citrusy aroma with some grassy notes. All the carbonation must have went to the head because this beer was nearly flat. Flavor of citrus, dirty grass and spices. A bit flat in the flavor department but very drinkable.
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Bottle, at GBBF 2005. Hazy gold, good white head and moderate condition. Sweet and yeasty aromas with a touch of lactic milkiness, bitter yeast and flowery hops in the mouth with some honeyed perfumed sweet maltiness and a gentle Orval hopsack note, lingering alcoholic and yeasty finish with more perfumed tripel notes..
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Pailhead. Cloudy yellow-orange body, thin off-white head. Floral, earthy, spicy aroma. Earthy, peppery, floral body with mild sweetness. After that, my notes really become hard to read. Oh, but somebody wrote "Strict Constructionalist" on my notesheet so I remember discussing politics by this point in the evening.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur jaune pâle parsemé d’une belle mousse blanche. Arômes de houblons frais, camomille, herbes, lime et citron sont au repos à la ferme. En bouche, gains, foin et herbes, beaucoup de coriandre. Finale sèche et citronnée. Carbonatation active et bien dosée aux fines bulles pétillantes. En fût ZBF, voyage Europe 2005
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy, golden yellow body with an enormous, fluffy, rocky alabastor head. Mild, slight sweet, slightly spicy aroma. Hay, earthy hops (Saaz? Hallertau? I need to get some help on this hop identification thing...), orange zest, coriander, lemongrass, biscuits and a touch of honey sweetness. The body is light, but with a soft, smooth carbonation. The flavor is good, starting with some fruity sweetness and mild spiciness, followed by some flavorful, bitter, earthy hop character. The finish is mostly dry with no hint of alcoholic warmth. Not as phenomenal as the Saison Dupont I drank last night, but still tasty.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. Very odd. A saison that thinks its a hefeweizen? Cloudy straw colour. Estery aroma with lots of banana and sweet fruit. Distinctly wheaty. Much more like a saison on the palate, although the wheaty feel persists. Smells like its going to be quite sweet, but turns out to be reasonably dry and citric, with some yeasty, earthy character and plenty of hop presence. Unusual, but it worked.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09.07.05 750ml bottle. Hazed yellow gold with crystal clear highlights around the edges. Tall white head fades to a quarter inch of dense, firm, lasting foam. Aroma reeks of herb garden, rotten lemons, parsley, and nice mild perfumes that emerge with temp, also a bit of alcohol. Body is soft and full with a cascade of fine effervescence at first but waning to a thinner and mostly flat body as it approaches room temp. Flavor is citrusy and herbal with lots of fresh flavors; pizza dough. Super hoppy stuff with plenty of lingering bitterness after a long finish. Seems to be missing the funk, but it proves that a saison doesn’t have to be stinky to be good.
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL. Hazed gold with a tall white head. Nose is very fruity and herbal. Lots of candy notes, spice and Belgian yeast as well. Almost a hint of coconut and mango with light candied orange. Taste is hoppy and slightly bitter but very fruity and yeasty. Lots of grass, flowery hops, spices, light earthiness, unripened fruits and light candy sugar. Body is dry and light with big carbonation. Finishes with some grass, bitter hops, flowers, fruit, and candied notes. The bitterness seems to win out, for the most part, over the underlying sweetness. Very good either way, though.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy, hay-like hops, with tropical fruit esters in the nose. Cloudy yellow tan with low white head that lasts nicely. Citrus, grassy, hay-like flavour with fair bitterness that lasts on the tongue and battles with the sweetness. Medium-light, dry body with strong carbonation. Sampled at GBBF 2005.