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 (3387) - 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.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of green olives and fresh cut wheat. Lasting billowy mushroom-cloud head. Pale ale color tingeed with green. Strong flavors of pineapple, raw hops and moss. A saison for beginners.
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pear colored cloudy appearance - bits of sediment floating around. Tangy sweet fruity aroma with a bit of a twang to it. Spicy flavor - a little bit more over than top than the few Saisons I have had with extra hoppiness. Has a bit of a peppery taste to it as well. Overall, not the most refreshing beer I have had - odd mouthfeel to it - similar to drinking milk after grapefruit juice.
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrusy, slight butter hop aroma. Hazy, hay-colored brew. Lousy label and bottle. Fizzy and nose-tickling. Unpleasantly bitter. Fairly dry. I was looking forward to better.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma doesn't have many complexities that I like in a saison, appearance is that of a saison, slightly darker. When it comes to it, this saison was very straight forward with the citrusy flavors and wasn't affraid to overshadow the subtleties in this saison with bittering hops. This one felt fine going down but not as great coming back up the next morning.