austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice and a bit herbal. Not hoppy. Itís remarkable that a U.S. brewery could pull off so realistic a Belgian clone - very legit!
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grassy, perfumy aroma. Hints of banana and coriander. Not terribly hoppy. Couldnít identify them, but there were several peppery-like spices hiding in the finish. My expectations were a little too high for this given the four others I had at the GTMW. Would try it again.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle at the Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy amber color with a huge off white head. Funky, brett-like aroma with some banana, coriander and a touch of hops.
Spicy, yeasty flavor with banana, coriander, pepper and a nice dry finish.
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was a cloudy orangy-brown with a creamy head. Itís a bit dark to taste this light. Still, all in all, I would buy it again.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a clear medium orange with about a finger of creamy beige head. Lilí bubbles rose during the entire drink. Nose was chock fulla well-placed and well-summed subtleties... funky Brett, bready maltage, oak, lemon zest, freshly-cut pears, and spices. Tingly mouthfeel with high carbonation making the flavors dance around the palate... a little light in the middle, but the finish is heavier with lots of spices, mild bitterness, and citrus sours... Great finish! Flavors were of funky, cobwebby yeast, coriander, and roasted oak for the first half, followed by lemons, oranges, apples, and more yeast at the back end. No element dominated, and the balance was superb. Great stuff!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml - 2005 - Aroma is funky yeast, subtle hops, and coriander. Very much like a saison. Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a nice think head and great lacing. Flavor is is sweet and spicy. Still yeasty and funky with a bit of citrus zest in the finish. A carbonated and sticky palate keeps the flavor lingering. A great brew.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luckily finding this all around NE Ohio, Winter 2005. To me, this is pretty much everything I like in a saison; so much so that as FBR and I sat and sipped, words and descriptions pretty much escaped us. Aroma was farmlands planted with mellow summer fruits, horses trotting thru spice fields (grapes, melons, corriander, hops, floral, etc.). Poured a bright and glowing amber/red with perfec head and lacing. Great balance of malt and thin spicy hop, mellow warmth at the finish. Holy mackeral, I need at least two more bottles before Spring.....
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750-pours slightly cloudy orange with a spirtzy whtie head. aroma is really woody here-like a fresh cut cedar in the bottle! Estery notes come emerging as the beer warmed up a bit with some notes of dusty esters, light funk (banyard), some lite citrus. Ahh, well it uses grains of paradise. I didnít know that and i also detected this in there as well. Palate is somewhat fizzy but well balanced. Lots of lemon and corrander in there. pretty good, but not as complex as i would have expected. La Roja is far better in my book.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky, barnyard, bretty aroma with a hint of clover spice and some lemon, a hint of caramel and cherries. It is difficult for me to smell past the barnyard but Iím getting better. Cloudy with an amber color and a thin off-white head. Lots of flavor: lemon, citrus, pepper, hint of soured cherries and caramel malt and a bit of roasted malt after drinking half a glass. The malt flavor comes out more and more as the glass get closer to empty. Very dry, fully fermented and watery dry. Easy to drink and doesnít leave your mouth feeling blah. Thanks to malachi for sharing.
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured golden red. The aroma contained hints of hay and berries along with ether. The first flavor impression was bitter but fruity. I was also able to pick out a hint of celery, bananas and toffee. The finish was excellent.