drpimento (2496) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fabulous beer! Poured with an enourmous cream colored foamy frothy fluffy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is yeasty spicey grain cereal little hop. Flavor is like aroma plus has some caramel but really not too sweet. Perfect body and carbonation to make this even better than dupont Saison! Finish is excellent!! Absolutely the beer for a summer day. Session upon session. Has just enough sweetness to entice and the masterful balance of tart/bitter to keep it fresh and lovely. Man o man.
bhensonb (12587) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped 750 from Perry’s Liquor in Livermore, CA. Pours orange gold with a large foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma seems mildly funky/citrus. Medium body with frothy carbonation. There seems to be a lot of hop. Mostly the herby/grassy/noble type. Funk is quite mild. It finishes nicely bitter. Leaves the mouth wanting more. This is a nice ale.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Dome. Orange colour and a withe rocky head. The aroma is strong fruity and peppery but lacks that peculiar Saison touch. Medium bodied and far too bitter.
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy dark golden color with white head. Aroma is musty and doughy and slightly fruity. Similar flavors with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Tempel. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, pepper, orange peel, and pale malts. Flavors are of mild citrus, leafy and herbal hops, and fruity saison yeast. Light bodied and very drinkable, especially for 6.5%.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’orange avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de zestes d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #3015)
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Beertemple. Golden colored brew. Aroma is yeast, hops and fruits. Flavor is mild, fruity and light sour.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 750mL bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn, entirely on cquiroga’s mention of it in a recent saison thread. Pours a slightly hazy, orange-copper color; foamy, medium--bubbled, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing that sticks; highly effervescent, with the bubbles from below keeping up the thick head; gorgeous pour. There are American saisons that show a great balance of a lively mineral bitterness, a clean, slightly toasty maltiness, and a charismatic yeast character, but almost none of them dig in as deeply to a funky, cheesy, musty saison character as this beer does: the malt presentation suggests caramel, Belgian sugar, and a touch of breadiness, alongside a zesty mineral hoppiness with notes of lime; solid levels of funkiness, musty notes, almost an oxidized malt note that blends well next to everything else; lively, zesty, funky aroma. A medium body; significantly creamy, non-astringent, no alcohol showing; excellent presentation in the mouth, with lively carbonation; definitely an effervescent feel; medium malt character of light caramel, biscuity notes, and (again) Belgian sugar; zesty, juicy citrus and mineral hop bitterness; the yeast character, as it should, affects everything about this beer; funky and lightly cheese, with a touch of white pepper and moderate acidity; in all honest, the prominent malt presence pushes this in the direction of a biere de garde, for me; non-negligible caramel touches, some Belgian sugar-like sweetness and heft; lovely complexity from the yeast. Just an awesome, honest rendition. I love Saison de Lente, but this is nothing, absolutely nothing like that beer; gotta love the variable nature of this style. Lengthy finish of musty notes, hints of biscuity malts (approaching caramel, again), and a lively, zesty mineral note. Thanks, Chris!
probstblueribbon (3324) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Phil, served cold in a Pils flute. 25AP10.
App.: Very cloudy orange-golden with an off-white froth.
Aroma: Peppery, spicy, some nice citrus, dusty, yeast and wet bread dough, some funk, minerals.
Palate: Medium body, lively effervescence.
Flav.: Way maltier than the nose! Nutty, dried fruits, caramel, some vanilla notes, toffee, some yeast, citrus, slightly peppery, a touch of funk; dry with decent bitterness and a slightly malty and funky finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line.
Pours a hazy gold with hints orange and no head at all. My first sip reveals this brew to be completely flat. The nose is a mix of yeast, straw, grass, and a little funk. The taste is off with a slight vegetal sour note mixed with hay, yeast, and dust. Light mouthfeel leads to an odd vegetal finish. My guess is that this one went bad somewhere along the line. A definite retry is in order given the higher ratings this one typically gets.