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.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange gold with a solid white head, and nice lacing. The nose is typical saison. Apple cider, a little bit of spice and some floral hops, and a wheaty wit sort of note with minor banana. A little herbal bit and some tea. Not quite my cup of tea, but not bad either. The mouthfeel is foamy and big, though perhaps a bit of carbonation more than needed. The flavors, in my opinion, are a cut about the nose. The complexity is fierce, which is nice to see in a low alcohol brew! Again, that apple is up front, but it’s more tart, with some very strong herbal to minty flavors up front. A little bit of peppery spice in the hops, some wheaty aspects with even a hint of banana and clove. A little bready. There’s a sharp tartness in the finish with a very buttery diacetyl aftertaste. It befits the spices nicely. I think this is a hell of a beer. I’m surprised that so much can be done with a beer with so little alcohol.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite amazing nose to this beer, very dry and earthy, sour with a pronounced peach note, some sweet spices blended as well. Subtle hints of banana and pineapple grow as it warms and more clove develops in the finish. Flavor goes sour really quick, leading to a tart, crisp, and spicy finish. Not as highly carbonated as some saisons i’ve had, leading to a very dissapointing appearance, very flat looking with only a tiny white head over a cloudy orange body. Also not as crisp and dry in the finish due to the lack of carbonation. By the nose on this beer I thought I would be blown away, but was rather left feeling just so-so about this beer, the lack of carbonation really hurt it in my opinion. Seeing other peoples ratings I notice most other people had more carbonation, i’ll have to try to pick up a few more bottles, might have got a bad one.
cheap (5147) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Oh, yesssahhh, a saison. The only other saison I had was by yards, and it was pretty good. 12 oz brown bottle with a cool dog drawn on the front, from Dexter. Upon opening there is a sour smell. Many, many streams of fine bubble are rising. Nice big white head. I told the beer store clerk not to shake it. Cloudy pale yellow and I think I see things swirling around in there. ... Taste is nifty but slightly bitter. The bitterness seems to roll off your tongue as the creamy carbonation attaches itself to the back of your throat. Interesting aroma again and it seems to have citrus hints in the background. This drink is friendly refreshing and satisfying. The head is impressively creamy and lasting, sticking to the sides of the glass. Nice finish if you drink it before it warms up.
Aurelius (4962) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great label, lightly misty yellow-gold with a large, stiff beady white head Nice biotic, yeasty, sour fruity, lightly smoky, phenolic aroma. A bit briny, lightly sweet, unripe fruit -- sloes, plums -- tartish, lightly chemical. Lightish body, chemically, mildly bitter finish. So-so. Winking Lizard, Cleveland.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange body with frothy white head. Aroma of lightly floral hops, spices, and yeast. Flavor is dry and spicy with nice citrus hops, some banana and yeast. Very enjoyable though not spectacular.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Foggy gold with an active white head that leaves a donut. Lemon, yeasty banana and roses. Sharp carb and strong lemon peel verging on metallic. Finishes with green apple and sugar cookie. Solid, but simple, brew from the Pumpkin.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Light golden orange pour. Very little lacing. Very tart aroma, then comes across sour. Dry taste. I enjoy the Saison style, I’m not a fan of this offering.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BAM BITCHES!! This is a great brew. Light golden pour with a light white head. Very sour smell with light citrus. Taste is more mellow in the sourness then I expected but pretty sour for a saison. Very easy to drink. Not a whole lot of carbonation and a little bitterness which works for this beer.