hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Huge white fizzy and then frothy head that was mostly lasting, minimal lacing, fizzy carbonation, transparent on the first pour and cloudy on the second pour, and a straw yellow hue. Nose was malty, spicy, sweet and mildly hoppy. Flavor was thin, spicy, malty, sweet, and mildly hoppy tasting. Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Light-medium body. Nicely done for the style and worthy of a try.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice blast of Belgian aromas up front. High carbonation. Initial flavor is very tart, citrus with some green apple acidity. Finishes with a woodsy, bitter note. Well done.
EithCubes (5308) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Excitable but no gusher. Cloyingly sweet nose with lots of coriander and citrus. Hefty dose of acidity, sourness, and possibly vinegar. Golden pour with a sticky, creamy head. Extremely, brutally dry taste (at least until adaptation). Spices muddle together and end up leaving little impression. Some nice faint piney notes in with a splash of sourness, but not what I was expecting from the nose. Also would benefit from increased yeastiness. Crisp and slightly tongue numbing despite the low abv. Body is medium-full, aftertaste has a lick of lemon. Certainly easy to chug, but I’m not really looking for that in my Saisons. An off-balanced disappointment.
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy yellow orange color with an enormous white fluffy head. Aroma is peppery with strong sour lemon lime hints. Taste is zesty lemony with strong lime and orange peel overtones. Has a nice spicy peppery feel to it. Very good.
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of santoslhalper. Having just had some Lindemans Cuvee Rene earlier in the evening, the aroma of this bears a good resemblance. Big notes of sour tangy Brett, gueuze lambic mustiness. Mild hoppiness and not much malt. Hazy amber in color with thin lacing head. Medium-light bodied with light carbonation to it. Taste is mild and overall a bit watery, but has a nice sour mash Brett profile. Yeasty. Not quite what I envisioned for a saison, but more of a funky biere de garde heading toward a mild gueuze. Chalky and mildly bitter after.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orangish color - medium head that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, with subtle notes of coriander, orange peel & lemon. Flavor is tangy, with some good spiciness throughout and a subtle hop presence. Finish kind of clings to the palate a bit. Nice stuff.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I made the mistake of opening this one and then turning my back. It foamed out onto the counter in seconds. Pours crystal bubbly gold with an ample, thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is funky, musty, tangy. Flavor is funky, musty, tangy, but very light. Likeable and easy to drink.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours hazy medium orange with a rocky white head. Aroma has hints of lemon, leather broth, horse blanket, and spices (corriander). Flavor is heavily bitter and sour throught and has a lingering finish. Medium bodied and watery, also livley carbonated. I guess I dont like farmhouse ales.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brew Kettle: Pours a cloudy copper orange, tiny white head. First flavors are orange and other light citrus, followed with a very carbonated and slight spicy bite to the tongue this is very crisp. When I think of funky this is the style I’m looking for, I love the different phenolic sour and spicy flavors the yeast gives off. The citrus stays the whole time and the hops are there but blending with the funkiness and just making this a wild beer that taste great.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I belive this was from the first batch that became available in Ohio. It was in a generic, white 6 pack carton with the bottle label stuck to the sides. Gold in color with a huge, rocky, white head and aggressive carbonation rising through the body. A primarily acetobacter nose and some woody notes at first pour then turned to canned pineapple juice and meadow flowers that de-evolved into an overwhelming Ivory brand soap-like aroma. Flavor and aroma are one (unfortunately). The acetobacter in the nose is in the flavor as well and it does not taste bad. Though I would not call it historically correct either. You could have a mixed fermentation for sure, but it should be with yeast and Brett, not yeast and Acetobacteria. This tasted much better when it was really fresh and not after letting it cellar as I did with this bottle.