FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a creamy white head. The carbonation is low, though entirely adequate, and the beer is a deep clear gold color. This beer has a nice, funky yeast driven nose that has spicy notes of orange, coriander, and musty cellars. It is lightly sweet and quite fruity, with notes of tropical fruit. There is a spicy sharpness here as well, which helps to balance the other notes. I get notes of ginger, lemon, and a slight astringency. When the yeast is added to the beer I get a slight nuttiness that develops. This is a nice mix of competing flavors.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden with a medium sized, thinly lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, and a very authentic Belgian yeast character. Starts mild and candy sweet with a drier and warming, semi-tart finish. This is a very true to style beer which I didn’t quite expect. Could be a touch smoother toward the finish, but this is still quite drinkable. Many thanks to jeffc666 for this!
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Light, transient head. Beer was brilliantly clear with a winey/hoppy aroma. Champagne-like taste was not a big pleaser for me. Didn’t get any of the banana flavors others have noted. I had a sample and did not ask for more.
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small white head, short lived. Lightly hazy golden color. Yeasty nose, lots of bananna. Light body, somewhat pastey. Fruity, bananna flavors dominate, yeasty. Finish is sweet. Alc. is well hidden. This is a Saison?
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 My first though upon seeing the bottle was definite interest as I have liked most of the saisons I have tried. Only when I got home did I notice that this was a Clipper City product. This had me rather crestfallen as I have not been particularly impressed with this company. Never the less I opened the bottle. Sampled from your typical 12 oz bottle the beer poured a medium golden color with a large tan head. A sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops graced the nose. So far so good. The flavor was very sweet and fruity with a tangy fruit aftertaste. Quite pleasant and redeems the brewer somewhat in my eyes.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle from a six pack. Freshness date is of
Nov 04, notched on side of front label. Fairly fresh. Aromas are of fresh malts, spicy corriander, yeasty bread, and slight, but subdued Belgian funk. Ishould have bought this beer when it first became available, because it would have been that much better.
Poured out a brilliantly clear, straw yellow color. The color of a blonde’s hair in the summer sunshine. Fast fading, smallish white head, barely left a small ring of foam around the rim of the glass.
No alcohol in the aromas or flavors, but you can definitely tell it’s there. After about 1/2 a glass of this, you start feeling all fuzzy and warm. Tastes are of spicy yeast, fresh malts, yeast, and the classic Belgian funk. Slight barnyard aromas and tastes. Slightly undercarbonated, especially for the style. Not a fault as such, just a warning not to expect too much here is all. Fruity aromas waft up
to your nostrils as the flavors wrap around your tongue. Slightly sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. Slight salty note to the finish. A decent effort from the gang in Bal’more.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a thin disappearing head. The aroma is great, Belgian yeast comes through. This looks rather deceiving, clear and yellow, it looks like an American ‘lite,’ but the taste is all Belgian, and no hint of its high alcohol content. Very nice sweet start, yeast and spice, and finishes rather dry. A very well done brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy golden, sweet aroma, sticky tongue feel, with a slightly sweet taste with a lot of spiceness. The flavor is complex and quite enjoyable. Thanks PintOfAle
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A redish gold color reminsent of apple juice with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and inviting. Taste is very smooth and very sweet. Fruity goodness!
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber, head lasted about 10 seconds. Sweet coriandr laced aroma, struck me as a saison meets a wit, with a bit of candy sugar chucked in. The 8.25% is utterly hidden. Struck me more as a belgian ale than a saison due to the sweetness, strength, and lack of farmhouse funk, but an enjoyable brew.