bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 (750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a large rocky white head. Aroma of lemon, florals, mustiness, leather, and orange. Flavor of light citrus and spicy yeast with a dry, organic finish. Soft mouthfeel.
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ZBF2006. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Spicy aroma with some hints of citrus. Malty spicy flavor with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
jerohen (2068) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Hazy dark orange coloured, beautiful big white head. Citrus and spices (pepper?). Obvious Saison character. Dry finish. Nice beer, but could use some more complexity.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 6th DRG. Pineapple and pepper aroma. Cloudy, yellow, white head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, quite hoppy, pepper, citric, medium body, light dry. Quite complex and very well balanced.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours a hazy, light-to-medium gold color with a large, white, foamy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is piquant and earthy: Light malt notes of toasted grain; trace herbal and lemon hop notes; Moderate yeast notes of fresh bread dough, a light note of horseblanket and a trace of cellar; Trace miscellaneous notes of sour pineapple and underripe banana. The flavor is dry, moderately-to-heavily bitter and lightly acidic with a long, champagne-like, dry, moderately bitter finish. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively and mounth-tingling. Nice. I like this beer—it’s pretty and engaging—but it doesn’t thrill me as much as some of the more funky, spicy samples I’ve had.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Yellow/orange coloured. Pleasant aroma, a bit pepper. Spicy and yeasty taste. A bit citrus, pepper. A bit sweet.
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6th DRG. Cloudy yellow color, big rocky white head. Aroma of wheat, pineapple, citrus. Spicy taste, fruity, bit sweet. Good balance in this nice Saison.
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma of pineapple and some yeast. Hazy, yellow coloured with a medium off-white head. Taste is spicy (pepper) fruity (citrus & pineapple), yeasty. The beer has a bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and it is topped by a four-finger thick pale, off-white head. The only thing that differentiates this from an all-malt Pilsner is that this beer is very well carbonated, with a massive head that forms a rocky surface & ample Belgian lacing as it falls slowly back into the beer. The aroma is light, yet alluring with soft notes of freshly bloomed flowers, and a soft fruitiness that has notes of light acidity both of which remind me of pears and tart apples. There is a slightly sharp herbal note here as well, that serves as a nice foil to the other notes. The more I stop to explore the nose on this beer, the more I am really digging it; it is a nice mix of yeast driven notes that form together to make a great aromatic Saison.
The beer starts to explode on my tongue, it has lost some carbonation since I first cracked it, but it is still fairly frothy. It is not so carbonated that the flavors cannot come through . The beer has a nice subtle tartness to it that reminds me of green apple, and continues on through the finish of this beer. The beer is light and refreshing, but has a nice soft sweetness that is driven by a forward grain note that must be a mix of the both the barley and the wheat. Actually I would say that the wheat is a bit more evident in the up-front grain character, and the barley malt contributes a light toasted maltiness to this beer. So, what about the spicy yeast character, well that is definitely here as well. Spicy notes of ginger, clove, white pepper, and definite notes of lemon zest. And yes there is a nice level of hopping here too; there is a solid herbal note here through to the late middle of this beer, and a solid contributing bitterness is found here that grips the palate just so, and lingers on through to the finish.
This beer is an impressive, clean example of a Saison, it does not have the funky / infected notes that are found sometimes, but the character that is here is executed beautifully, brightly, and light. What a great Saison, in fact I have been in Saison heaven tonight. The mix of character in this beer is excellent. Spicy, fruity, hoppy and malty each of these notes is prominent and bright, yet strikes an overall balance that keeps this beer light and quaffable (but at 7.5% can sneak up on you).
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SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wrapped in paper. The paper says 6.9%, the bottle says 7.5%. Which is it? Doesn’t matter. Giant, explosive, densely populated white head. Foggy gold. Aroma- big grainy, yeasty must, lightly fruity/floral, subtle hops, touch of sourness. Flavor- crisp hops, grainy malt, slightly sour yeast, must, lightly floral/fruity, subtle richness in the finish, which is mostly dry and a little bitter. Aftertaste has a touch of roastiness, along with a dry, yeasty flavor. Medium, balanced body. Nice lacing. Excellent. Underrated at 3.4.