SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow appearance kind of like a hefe, with a yeasty nose that had some fruity and spicy touches. Almost no head with light to moderate carbonation. The flavor was very similar to the nose...not very complex, but very consistent and drinkable. Much more subtle and balanced than other offerings I've had from hair of the dog. But this difference is what makes me like this beer even more.
TheBeerGod (5250) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clouded blond with a tall, sturdy white head. Nose is odd. Smells like old or molded books. Some hay as well. Light spice. The tongue has more of the same with some rotten cardboard, citrus, spice and wood. Light but has a moldy and bitter aftertaste. Decent beer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma of bananas, apples, cloves and spice. Medium palate with a large amount of carbonation. Flavor has notes of lemon, yeast and pineapple with a hint of pepper. It is slightly sour. Nice and refreshing. This could be a great session beer.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was just incredible. A very nice saison, not the best I have ever had, but it ranks pretty high, considering I have not had that many of this style. Very spicy, with some lively carbonation, and a very light clean feel in the mouth. This one never gets to complex or over the top, just a nicely balanced saison, that is great for a drinking session, or to share with others.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you want a Belgian session (no I didn't mean saison) ale, this should be your first choice. Lower in alcohol, sweetness and assertiveness than a dubbel/tripel, this is a spicy, tasty, fun belgian style ale. Can't wait to get back to Oregon to buy more of this.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cheers and salut to all HOTdogs labels. ruth is a cactus flower yellow ale, slightly more clear than pineapple juice. head is a zealous thing, billowy white, like that huge plug of cotton in an aspirin bottle-- padding like that makes a cautious three ounce pour look like a festive event. within the bottle were barnacles of yeast that i couldn't coax out. aroma is the aged, sweet sweaty smell of old cedar sauna boards. there's gurgling baker's yeast and lemon, plus moldy basement curtains-- yet strangely very appealing. like chimaybabe says, this is a nice entry level saison. if i study diligently on this for a month, maybe i'll be ready for an orval... delicious flavor, gentle carb, not too sour. white grape sweetness and straw-broom grassy malts suggests an amped, "imperial" weizen filtered through matresses of haunted house cobwebs and served with a twist of lemon rind. quite yummy.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not quite what I was expecting, but it was light and somewhat refreshing. A good balance of fruit tones and spice to begin with, but the finish was a bit too sour for my taste.
jsquire (3467) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow out of the bottle with a big head like beaten egg whites. Clean, spicey nose. Too fizzy on the tounge. I don't understand why they label it as an "American ale." It is light with apple, pear and orange fruit flavors. Yeast and spice in the finish with a little sourness. Good summer beer, but there are better saisons.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy gold with nice head, no lace though. Aromas of fruits, alcohol and hops. More hop and some yeast in the flavor. Had a sour alcohol bite. Very pleasing saison.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was surprised taht the bottle says "american ale"--technically that's right, but this is all saison. Light sourness works nicely with its fruity character. Very good.