mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For Aurelius: the inventer of the saxophone was born/lived?? in Dinant and this brewery is only a very short distance from this town...
App:clear, gold, white head, sparkling
Aro:big corriander, orangey spice, sweet malt
Flav:light hops, just in the finish, corriander and good malt
Over: solid, smooth, nice, but not majestic...feels like a "summer" beer. I put it with the likes of say SierraN's pale ale, a good but not great beer(although Saxo isn't a "classic" for this style like SNPA is for APAs).
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't understand the label. I won't even try. Rich, yeasty fruit aroma. Wit-like flavor, lightly sweet and tart with a good bit of fruit. I found the palate watery and short.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Even at the end I'm not quite sure what to think about this. It pours with a foaming, building white head, regular, that promises a cheerful palate, and it delivers on that even after that head subsides to a ring of white. Slightly hazy, off-yellow color. Good, lively aroma of flowers and perfume, with a good dose of spice and a lemon drop/sweet concoction. Only in the tasting it is not sweet in that way, with more tang and a mid-finish of spice and mild bitterness. A big gulp reveals some alcohol hanging on through the finish but this was muted enough. In that quality it reminded me of the other Caracole beers--some alcohol perhaps unavoidable as they've bumped this up a bit (sort of a Hoegaarden on steroids)--but there is so much aroma and flavor produced with no obvious imbalances, I found it difficult not to like it.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
medium golden, slightly hazy...aroma not all that different from a hefe, except more spice and little banana. aroma finishes with a sour/bitter note reminiscent of sweat. flavor is definitely sweet and lots of spices. a little alcohol in the finish
legion242 (2088) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Probably the least intersting of the Carocole line that I have had so far. A sad imitation of the great Belgian Goldens. Not errible, but can't stand up to the likes of Duvel, etc.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #175** I chose a random Belgian Blond for this rating, Her name is Sally and you should see her measurements, No, no, really I chose this Saxo 11.2oz randomly and it wasn’t all that bad. ** This one poured a glowing golden orange color, with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is of bananas, yeast and alcohol…. the flavor was also yeasty, slightly citric, notes of bananas, and spices. The palate is medium, gentle & oily, finishes slightly dry……
Man, this Conan O’Brien special on Comedy Central is freaking hilarious.
dirkbreedveld (287) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
lovely creamy foam, from tap, golden color,dry with hints of abricots and banana in the smell, hoppy aftertaste...splendid balance
JorisPPattyn (7672) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow beer; thick broken-white head, kept up by effervescent carbonation. Nose of unripe grain ("milk-ripe"), bit grassy, going over into "Belgian pickles"-mustardy. This "B. pickles aroma creeps in in the taste too - yet not really sourish. Malt sweetness is very present, but kept in check by various other flavours, estery and flowery (lunaria - once more). Very alcoholic mouthfeel, yet surprisingly refreshing. Very interesting brew. Description as "B. pickles" might be misleading as it sounds too negative by far. But it DOES remind me instantly of this. A better than average strong blond.
Indra (2558) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm trying this a little warmer than the recommended serving temperature of 46 degrees F. Fruity, sweet, malty and flowery aroma, a bit of melon, pear, banana, clove, honey and peppery spice. Hazy golden color, with an uneven white head and stippled lacing. Interesting profile, malty, fruity, tart and a little sweet to start, developing some leafy, earthy, spicy hop flavors and finishing with a blend of lightly sugary sweetness, hop bitterness, very faint alcohol and abundant yeast esters. Spicy, malty aftertaste with hints of lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is moderately acidic, with a creamy, effervescent palate. This is a quality offering.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy and golden in color. Lot's of yeast in the nose with spice and smokey overtones. Light bodied and dry. Slightly acidic to start and the finish is a moderately lasting bitterness. A good beer.