barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Merchants in Dearborn. hazy yellow with a big frothy white head and lace that lasts and lasts. a lemony floral aroma with some coriander and banana notes. a yeasty musty sour funk permeates from the middle to the finish. sourness is a bit overpowering at first but tends to grow on you. the dry tart finish leaves you wanting more. an interesting well crafted brew, just not a style I have grown fond of yet.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling (?), puckered 10/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Poured murky pale orange with a huge rocky fully lasting white head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong sour apples, fresh lemons, soap, cloves or coriander.
Taste was upfront harsh green apple sourness with faint bitter grassiness and spice and faint sweet lemon followed by a perfectly blended albeit light bitter sweet and sour modly taste that dies on a fairly short citrusy finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied, watery then dry, lively fluffy carbonation, with a strong chalky finish.
Overall, a saison that looks and smells wonderful, but attacks the palate and tastebuds too aggressively to achieve a balance.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderately hazy yellow with massive head, long lasting. Dry, yeasty aroma, citric, fruity, and a hint of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. A little bit o’ lambic there too. Very dry in the mouth with an astringency at the end that I don’t enjoy much. Interesting front flavors of citrus and orange peel, which enhances that bitterness effect. A bit flat on the palate, even though it doesn’t lack for carbonation; just could be a bit more robust. Has a lot of potential, but drinking enough issues of dry, bitter, sour (in a bad way), and flat come up to knock it down for me. Thanks to Bu11zeye for giving this to me!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brightly smushed and super hazed lemon gold thats a wonderful color not seen very often. A bit like lemon meringue filling lit from within. Up to bright light, its just awesome to watch the fevered carbonation turn and churn as its highlights are bright yet jello-ed in cast of a unique translucent quality. A tall one inch plus cap sits forever and a day with a white blanket of thick fluffed bubbly froth. It hardly ever moves. It slowly fades down to keep a plump half inch always present and the lacing completely covers the glass in a curtain of stained, tiny bubbles. The pinnacle of an exceptionally beautiful appearance for any beer. I almost don’t want to drink it.
Also, once poured, besides the lovely appearance, the aroma nearly bust out of the bottle to make its way in filling the surrounding air with a magnificant odor of drying citrus peels. Upon closer inspection the nose mandates itself into a relam of heavily floured breads and a yeasty dryness. Quite dry overall. But this all about the lemon peel and pithy parchness with some lime and mandorine orange peels adding a bit of extra complexity.
Taste is mostly gathering in dryness of some of that farmhouse yeast and floured breads. Not too much beyond that really. The aromatic citruc is all but flights of fancy here. Hard to pin down the actual flavors but its a dry woody, musty, fairly parching taste with a slight chalky residue sticking around into the finish. Gains a very slight sweetness in a hint to malts as it warms up some. Not all that tasty really. A bit disappointing after the lead ins.
Feel is active and dry with a solid medium body and lots of carbonation grab and tone to it. Stays subtle and dry with a quick ride through and not much finish. Only a very late return within some tiny warmth is some citrusy sweetness with hints to the lemon and orange. Stays a little too dry for my tastes.
A run of the mill Saison in taste and feel, but the appearance and aroma had me excited...until I started drinking it of course.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge sudsy white head. Noticeable spice in the aroma along with a faint hint of floral hops. Interesting flavor. Full of spices with some pleasant fruity banana like flavors and a nice citrusy finish. Extremely fizzy stuff. Very enjoyable stuff.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of OhioDad. Cloudy orange-yellow beer, massive pillowy white head that grew out of my goblet like some sort of alien life form. Aroma of leather, horseblanket, orange pith, cologne with earthy/woody hop aroma and some heavy cologne aromatics as well. Flavour is light and effervescent. Bone dry but also a bit disappontingly thin. Flavour is more subtle than the aroma would suggest. Earthy malt, soft leathery Brett character and some soft spicy notes. Beautiful aroma but the flavour needs a bit of a kick in the pants. Very tasty nonetheless.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 (bottle) hazy gold with fluffy white head. Fruity/spicy aroma. Flavor is yeast, spice, hints of citrus, a bit acid.
thornecb (4779) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light gold into a tulip. Lasting fluffy white micro head. Orange aspergum aromas. Fizzy and dry with bitter fruit aspirin flavors and a lasting bitter finish.
jason (1727) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 bottle. Nice spicy aroma, strong belgian yeast. The pour was like a flashback of Chouffe, bubbled up like soap suds. As it settled the foam formed a mountain that lasted awhile. Good spicy taste that is well balanced. Very smooth. Good saison.
sloth (2622) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A massive white head, chunky, fluffy and lasting, damn near rocky. Yeasty notes kicking around as i enjoy the pours visuals. Hazy, gold body that really gets yer attention. Lacing that dazzles and boggles! Nose is ultra spicey, lemony, zesty and herbacious, light notes of lavender? Body is light, co2 is big, fizzy, dancing and groovy on the tongue. Spicey, yeasty flavors, citrus, lemon and lightly bready malts. Lightly phenolic, mildly acidic and pleasently fruity. Dry spicey finish. A big, small beer @ 4.5% alcohol,,,, BAM!