ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 4/30/2005, consumed on 9/1/2005. First sniff: Fantome saison clone, but not nearly as funky, no real dusty bacteria or limey bite to it. Very wheaty, with lots of lemon sponge cake. Some lovely spicy hops. The more it breathes, the more clean it gets. Light perfuminess from the hops. Notes of an abbey trippel without the intense yeast or sugariness/alcohol. . . . So actually not really anything like an abbey trippel. Very generic smelling, in a good way, meaning at least it has all the base characteristics I would look for in a real Belgian saison.
Quite light in color. A cloudy, hay-yellow, dulled with an almost greenish tint. Slight copper hues on the edges. Huge, pillowy, intense head is pure white. Very well retained. Tiny bubbles rise. So far so good!
First sip has sugary cotton candy and peaches, transitioning in to a light tangerine/nectarine flavor, lightly bitter and finally ending on the bitter hops note AND a high amount of acidity (high relative to style). With more sips, the sugary pils malt, quite thick and blanketing gives way (or actually, the palate just becomes acclimated) and the hops really come forth. Very hoppy, with light honey behind it. Then a clean yeast finalé. I like the hops but I can’t help wondering if this was hopped at this high a level from pressure by the distributor to appease the American market. Anyways, where is the funky character?? Maybe it will develop in time? Seems way too clean though. But on the other hand. It’s very well-made and flavorful. Great mouthfeel (though you kind of come to expect that as given from a high-quality Belgian ale). It has moments where I catch a glimpse of greatness. Fantome Saison, Vervifontaine Blonde. . .glimpses. Fresh hops and light vanilla on the end, some lingering acidity. Will it stand the test of time? That’s the question.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is cloudy light to medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon juice, paint thinner, white cake frosting.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This gets worse every 4 or 5 years that it comes around Colorado...sad because this used to be a 4+ brew. Doggone it.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (GBBF): Cloudy gold with a sudsy white head. Spice, honey and pineapple aromas. Apricot, estery spice flavour. Very fruity, medium bodied and very tasty.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from the bottle a massive white head similar to duvel or other highly carbonated belgian beers. A hazy medium gold body and high carbonation. Head is pure white- very tight tiny bubbles form a merangue like coating aorund the rim of the glass (Duvel Glass). When cold the aroma is very faint, but as it warms a bit, some phenolics come out. Almost a plastic-like phenolic character is noticed. A fair amount of spice and fruit from the yeast. Flavor is very smooth light bready malt and some dough-like yeast characteristics. Moderately sweet all the way around and finishes very dry-kinda like some blaugies saisons. Also since they "double hop" all thier brews thier is a nice faint earhty hoppiness all the way through and has a medium to light hop bitterness. Not sour at all. Overall I think this is a good standard saison similar to dupont or blaugies.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
just shelled out $8.59 +tax for this awful beer. It was fizzy beyond belief. Poured all fizz and took like 15 minutes to settle. Smelled like butt, tasted the same, with tons of off sour taste. I believe it to be a bad bottle, but maybe it is just a bad brew??? Now looking at other rating. I say stay away.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@GBBF 05’. Quite peppery and spicy, yet smooth. Some citrus aswell as grape as mads points out. Soft smooth, clean, slightly bitter finish, quite nice.
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ GBBF 2005: Golden coloured. Hazy. White head. Grape, citrus, yeast and other wheaty notes in the aroma. Flavour of fruity and grape. Quite spiced. Clean and cleansing in the end. Quite sour. Nice one.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Yellow in color with a nice white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Very hoppy and malty flavor. Fruity. Citrusy. Finish is malty and hoppy. Spicey. Interesting beer. Complex. Very nice and smooth. Drinkable. Well balanced. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy yellow, nice white head. Lightly fruity hoppy aroma. Flavor is very hoppy, with some nice pale malts shining through. Hoppy malty finish. And the bottle says 7.5%, not 8.5%. This is a rather subtle brew, that probably will not score well with most, but I find it rather enjoyable.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. Citrusy aroma. Taste is somewhat thin, with a small touch of spice. Carbonation feels forced and covers up any interesting flavors. Strong alcohol finish. Not very drinkable.