MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Doughy yeast, orangey fruitiness, bready cereals and a tender spicy, herbal hop personality thrive within the cushy rye-infused mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick layer of foam laces generously atop the cloudy orange.
-The body’s creaminess is a bit overdone to achieve authenticity within its broad style, but it gives this brew a remarkable signature.
-From the nose to the aftertaste, everything exudes freshness.
-The hoppy finish sometimes personifies wet leaves.
-This is getting better and better; the bottle conditioning does wonders for the mouthfeel too.
Bottle, on tap at Vices et Versa and at Loup Rouge.
3fourths (9055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Effervescent and lightly hazed honey-colored body with a fine white head. Very Dupont-like nose. Citrus fruit, sugar / sugar cookie, peppercorns and phenols. Hoppier and sharper and closer to the recent Cuvée dry hopped batch. There’s a difficult to identify aroma that’s something like orange juice pulp, aromatic hop cones and bathsoap... it really seems to be the key to why the aroma works so well here. Medium body with soft and creamy carbonation, lots of tart, dried fruits, a silky, creamy but frothy and filling yeast character with natural carbonation to give it softness. Astonishing tartness and dryness in a beer that seemingly smells sugary and fruity. Crisp, quenching acid, medium+ bitterness, low sweetness, good acid, quaffable and flavorful. Mild hints of alcohol emerge after it breathes and warms.
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours murky golden with a decent white head and a sharp fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit and light malt flavor, with a dry finish. Not much of a yeast presence and a bit light on flavor, but easy to drink.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 [1434-20080531] Tap. Smells like old barley sacks and a bit of sour yeast and light meats. Hazy, orange red body with a medium-lasting bubbly off-white head. Sour yeast flavour. Medium body. Quite good. (7/4/8/3/14) 3.4
(4T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
[5433B-20130531] Sample. Light floral yeast aroma. Hazy, orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Yeasty lemon hops flavour has a pleasant aftertaste. Medium body is quite smooth and sour. Tasty. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(Mondial 2013, Montreal, QC)
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught (6,5%) @ Lambic Foeder. Rated on 25.06.2015
Aroma cas citrus, cereal and some apricot. Also grassy hops and vinegums. Flavour has soapy citrus, apricot, some grass and minerals. Also grapefruit. A tad too sweet but still a solid saison.
after4ever (7467) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, capped. Pours a slightly hazy burnished medium gold with a loose white head that doesn’t stick around. Wet grass and some oregano on the nose. Flabby medium body. Floral notes, grass, and oregano on the mid palate. Not their best stuff.
czar (7460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2011 pours hazy copper with a small and disappearing white head. grainy, spicy, some bananas, and very sweet, almost cloying. light supporting hops. average carbonation, light body. just ok.
new recipe: clear pale golden, decent head, retention and lacing. alcohol and white wine aromas, belgium acidity. soft carbonation. medium body, oily mouthfeel, medium long finish.
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at monks. Pours an orange body with slight haze. Aroma is strong yeast and wheat. Mouthfeel is entirely smooth with notes of wheat, yeast, spice, coriander, lemon, and apple.
Ernest (7241) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (6.5% ABV, brewed May 2013).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum, lemon zest, pepper, hint of spearmint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Whoa, baby! Ok, so this is a Saison Dupont clone, there should be absolutely no debate about that. It’s not quite as aromatically vibrant/complex (obviously not as phenolic), and the finish is not as balanced/bitter as Dupont, but otherwise this is a fantastic rendition. It’s very clean, and offers a fantastic fluffy mouthfeel. Alas, the matter of price is where the glowing words must end...at the same store here in Boulder, this beer is $15 compared to Dupont at $9. So...Dupont is better...and *substantially* cheaper. So explain to me why I would ever buy this again?
solidfunk (7219) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good saison. Past month started off with a series of bad Ontario saisons and finished with trying some great Quebec stuff. Smells fruity, fermented orange juice. Wild yeast. Pours cloudy blond. Taste has some tartness. Bottle from Peluso.