iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle, capped...fairly fresh: clear straw, turning hazy towards the bottom of the bottle. Striking ivory head, very generous and fairly dense. Wonderful floral aroma with a dusty, fruity barnyard presence. Instant classic in my mind: dry, funky aroma paired with yeasty baked bread and sweet, overripe bananas, pears and mushy apples. Mouthfeel and texture is pure and simple: soft on the tongue with a slight tingle in the back of the mouth. Extremely dry finish, with a long, bitter, yeasty, fruity flavour...exactly what it should be in my view. Well done!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 In short: A Saison archetype. Dry, wild, floral, highly drinkable. Pleasantly straightforward.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when probably around 6 months of age.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is sharp and wild, walking in a dusty attic with white pepper. Taste is really Saison. A bouquet of dead flowers, dusty attic, some grapefruits, some lemon skin, dandelions, dried bananas. The finish is very dry and mildly bitter and leaves a construction wood sensation. The beer is not very tasty (as should be a Saison) but this is a beer that exemplifies the Saison style and I’m a Saison head. Now, what happened to Jandrain-Jandrenouille I, II & III? Why start at IV? Star Wars producers did something similar when they debuted their franchise with Episode IV and it didn’t prove very successful now did it?
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. A hazy dark golden beer with a large, almost creamy, fully lating and lacing white head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with a good malt background and notes of flowers, herbs, orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, some spices. The flavour is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Again, like the VCense a cross between Belgian and American school. Near medium body, lively carbonation, vry long finish with medium to high bitterness. I’d have preferred a more strong body and this is not the best season to enjoy this kind of stuff, but this beer is great and balanced.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Well balanced but not very expressive. Except for the bitterness pretty clean. High drinkability.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Growler from Capone’s. Clear, slightly hazy yellow pour with a thin white head. Crisp malt aroma with hints of honey. Very floral with some grassy hops. Funky yeasty flavor. Slightly sweet with honey. Notes of brett and cereal. Nice hoppy finish. Crisp, easy to drink. Fantastic saison.
argo0 (11888) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(75cl bottle, thanks brainlair) Small white head atop cloudy straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, pineapple, orange, some melon/strawberry, light yeast. Taste is medium sweet, pineapple, some cat piss, grapefruit, light yeast. Light-medium body. Pleasant beer, but it isn’t really a saison.
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. gold pour. Big fluffy white head. spicy and peppery aroma with lemon zest and some caramel tones. Flavor is peppery, tart and a bit funky. Very fluffly in the mouth. Nice brew.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden bronze with a well-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hoppy notes and a touch of sweet biscuity malts. Starts with average fullness and some earthy fresh resiny hop character and some light pale malty sweetness before a drier bittersweet finish. Not much saison character, but good hoppiness throughout.
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A better than average saison. Thick, for the style, and full bodied. Lots of yeast in the aroma and flavor. Well hopped. Sweet, and a cloudy yellow appearance.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. Hazy gold body. Big, white head, mostly lasting. The aroma is peppery with spice, lemon and honey. Notes of toasted grain, flowers, orange and dust. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and moderately acidic. The finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Dry. Medium body, watery texture that turns velvety in the finish and lively carbonation. This is not overly complex nor overbearing in aroma or flavor. Its strength is in its balance. The finish is especially good -- dry and bitter with citrus and pepper. Excellent.