Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow-orange body, medium off-white head. Excellent, complex aroma with white grape, banana, tangy breads, a hint of lemon, and a sour twang imparted by the yeast. Spice present but light. Light, bready, fruity body, characterized by bubblegum and light apple. Quaffable, tasty, and well-made.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Hazy yellow-orange pour with a fizzy off white head. The aroma is full of spice and beef/vegitable broth. The flavor has some subtle hops, celary, lemon zest and some other vegitable/herb Icanít quite place at the moment. The beer is quite dry throughout with a soft bitter finish. Lots of carbonation throughout the beer a short malty spurts as well. I can certainly see why people enjoy this style of beer, and while I wonít be knocking down doors to get my hands on more...I certainly wouldnít mind coming across it every once in a while.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 my first saison. rated anyways. surprisingly carbonated, but pretty "refreshing". would make a pretty good session beer. tiny colorless bubbles make up the personality-lacking head. the aroma is unappetizing. the taste is more sour than anything, but that doesnít hurt. in fact itís delicious. spicey/fruit, but in very good balance. if only it wasnít so damned expensive ($11 a 6pack). RERATE: smells awful, still looks and tastes great. the mouthfeel isnít spectacular. this is a 15, i think i was influenced by the high rating that it already had.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Rerate. Smells like ketchup and sweaty sweat socks. The taste is very sour and somewhat repulsive. I donít know why i rated it so high the first time. Definitely influenced by the rareity and high score at the time. Iím not fooled now, and Iím sad that I have 3 of these left.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Murky, golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is definitely Flemish. Fruity and breadsy with notes of lemon and sour apple. Perfectly balanced flavor. A marriage of suble spice, malt and bread. Mild bitterness. Light-bodied and dry with lively carbonation. Thanks go out to OhioDad for the bottle.
zathrus13 (1662) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy yellow/gold, with a nice white head. Aromas are sour malt, citrus, yeast, and spices. Flavors are citrus, yeast, and spice. Body is medium, with some sourness in the beginning and a bit dry at the end. Quite a bit of flavor for such a low alcohol beer. Thanks to MikeMac for this one.
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice color and aroma but had a little to much grass taste for me. Overall this is still good brew.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pinkish film inside bottle top and beer cap. Scents of citrus,yeast and grass. Reminded me of DuPont Saison, but not as citric and more full bodied. None the less, barnyard flavors, lemon, and some hops. Definatley a saison, and didnít remind me at all a farmhouse ale. Iíd like to try another bottle actually and re-rate. Thanks to Styles for the bottle.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 12 oz bottle, batch 1 from SuIIy consumed on 2/16/06.
Very fruity upon first opening. Overripe peaches rise up bluntly, quickly giving way to a spiciness (white pepper, lemon seed cake) from the yeast that excites the senses immediately. Lilac-like hops fluidly provide a poignancy on the end and then soften, with a touch of dough, as if falling down in a thick grassy field. Brett effortlessly fills in the gaps, lightly tart and so tastefully done. Warming and breathing allows for a soft honeysuckle and lavendar note to emerge, further adding gracefulness. All the while, dry yeast character and light lacto add a touch of soured/acidic fruitiness that keeps things very lively and complex. Hardly being able to pull myself away from the aroma, I would quickly describe the appearance as a gently-hazed, hay yellow, with soft copper-brass highlights. Tiny bubbles methodically rise to create a lasting, ever-so-slightly off-white head this is well-retained thus far (10 minutes). As it warms/breathes further, the aroma loses some of the lacto and fruitiness, which is quite in opposition to my experience with the other JP beers. This really allows the brett and sacc and hops to do their thing.
Upon first sip, it is nearly bone-dry, with but a juicy, tannic-fruitiness, lightly tart brett and a smidgeon of lightly doughy malt drizzled with honey. Retronasal is all hops; leafy and mildly bitter, but oh so crisp. Carbonation is a bit too expansive at first. After 25 or so minutes, the aroma seems to tend towards moslty brett, with just a slight fruitiness. Carbonation dies down somewhat, but remains rather expansive and not as tight as say, Orval. Light, peppery phenols on the very end that seem to stick to the teeth. More retro hops and lime-like brett. No alcohol apparency. Refreshing and highly drinkable.
Seems closer to Orval than a saison, but it matters little what it is classified as. Incredible amount of flavor and aroma packed in to such a low gravity beer.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours cloudy golden with a beautiful white fluffy head that stays very well and laces the sides of the tulip in intricate patterns on the way down the tulip. Aroma is a nice mixture of floral hops, some spice, and yeast. Flavor is yeast, and a pepper-like spice blended nicely with lemon citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is divine soft, airy, smooth and refreshing.. I could drink this one every day...