BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice head with a creamy sheet of head & lacing lasting to the end of the glass. Aroma is just slightly faint for a Belgian, with yeasty lemon meringue dominating. Like most Belgians Saxo is very intense on the palate. A specific pattern is followed here: sweetness on the front, bitterness in the middle and alcohol at the rear. But for the complexity of the body the flavor of this beer seems rather simple, with nothing much dynamic to speak of: a strong fruity element dominates and yeastiness is evident (as with most any Belgian blond ale); there may also be some spicy black-pepper and ginger analogues in there too. Finish is very fruity. Not the best Blond but still a commendable work product.
muzzlehatch (4837) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Bright, light luminous gold in color, cloudy and bubbly with a humungous snowy fast-dissipating topping...nose lusciously full of banana, mango, passion fruit with a light wheaty-sourdough bready tartness for balance...sweet, light on the tongue, honeyish at the front with no discernible alcohol, crisp and tart through to the finish with medium just-right carbonation. Lovely.
PorterPounder (7430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whole Foods, Austin, Tx, 12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Yeasty aroma with some soft lemon accents. Flavor has a bit of a spicy bent to it, with notes of coriander. Detect a faint bit of bubblegum and banana as well. Sits well. Mouthfeel is thick enough and it finsihes strong. A most delectable little Belgian.
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold with an off-white head. Aromas are sweet candy and spices. Flavours are dry and spicy with pears and apricots. Has a nice foam in the mouth palate and a decent sparkle. Dry on the finish. A solid Belgian beer.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best Before 03/2006, 750ml bottle, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold color that is topped by a pale cream colored head that is held aloft by a large bubbled carbonation. The aroma is softly sharp, with herbal notes of lemon grass, fresh cut clover, and a fresh citrus character. The citrus notes are the strongest part of the aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet, yet dry, and fairly effervescent, as the beer lightly dances across the tongue from the carbonation. This beer finishes with a sharp bitterness, a bit of a biting astringency and a carbonic acid bite. Each of these notes help to balance the sweet fruity character found at the front of this beer. The beer has a light lemon-like citrus fruit character to it, but it also has some light herbal grassy notes to it as well. I get notes of vanilla, dandelions, a hint of mint (how quaint), and an herbal note that has, among other things, a component of basil.
This beer is quite tasty, and is really well balanced between the various beery components. Each of the 4 beers that I have tried from this brewery have been great, I highly recommend any brew from these guys. This is one of the best golden ales that I have ever had.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow with white head. Fruity, spicey, yeasty aroma. Flavor is fruity sweet with some spice and a some alcohol. Nothing crazy special, but most certainly enjoyable and easy to drink. Can;t complain.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Yellow, hazy body. White creamy head. Spare lace. Mostly diminshing head. Hoppy-yeasty aroma. Lightly bitter flavour. Very similar to the Saxo Bio - I drunk the two in a horizontal tasting.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 I really like their Nostradamus but so far I have not been at all impressed with the rest of their beers. This one was sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle and poured a straw yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma was sweet and yeasty. The beer was hugely carbonated which I did not care for. The flavor was yeasty, sour tang and dry on the finish. A rather blah offering.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a quiet, enjoyable drink - - which surprizes me, with its 8% abv. Hazy yellow with a large frothy head, this has a very fruity aroma, orange, tanderine, peach... Soft in the mouth, this has a pleasant sweet malt flavor mixed with the aforementioned fruit. This finishes on a fruity, spicy, slightly tart note. Nice.
hopscotch (10655) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled... Murky, golden ale with a lot of fine, dark sediment. Large, frothy, white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Nose of fuzzy fruit, mandarin orange, vanilla and white bread. Sweet, malty, yeasty flavor. Subtle hops. Medium-bodied and very creamy with light carbonation. Sweet, fruity finish.