golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. Aroma of yeast, wheat, spice, and some banana. Flavor was similar; better than other saisons because it is not as earthy.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at PP San Clemente; found this very good for the style. Aroma of wheat, spice and fruit. Flavor was much of the same. Some nice spiciness; not a big fan of the style, but thought this was good.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium-gold with a fine white lasting head. Bright aromas of spice, wheat, fruity esters, and a touch of hops. The flavor is very reminiscent of classic saisons but with a little more of everything--more grain, more hops, more spice--except for fermentation characteristics, which are more subdued. Everything here is fresher tasting and more nimble on the palate. Light, crisp mouthfeel that still asserts itself as something serious. Certainly easygoing, but leaves you with more to think about--a great example of the style with new twists.
eaglefan538 (2816) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Tasting courtesy, Slob. Pour was cloudy amber with reddish/orange type hues. Good initial head, fine lacing. The aroma was bananas, lots of phenolic and spicey character, yet the phenolic aspects carried with it either a fusel or chemical, almost plastic, or something off note with it, yet not displeasing, just off. The flavor was much the same, a spiced up hefeweizen almost, again, though, some sort of off spice or something under it all, not necessarily displeasing, yet I couldn’t place my tongue on it or tout it postively. Mouthfeel was typical for the style, amply carbonated with a malty backbone. Not a bad brew, and much thanks to Bert for this opportunity! Re-rate, 7/08 on a bottle that was about a year old: No off phenolic aspects, pretty nice Belgian-Ale to Saison cross with a definite bitter hop type finish. Spices had all settled and nearly diminished, traces of the grains of paradise noticeable, but that’s about it. Caramel was the malt feature flavor. Decent brew, rating stands.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall.
Re-rate 2008 (fresh bottle 2007): Enjoyable saison with some fruity ester but lightly hops and still a bit too sweet. I still have a hard time understanding the big fuss over this one.
anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a hazy orange color with a long lasting slightly off-white head. Sweet malty and spicy aroma with hints of citrus. Smoth malty spicy bitter flavor. Has a spicy and slightly bitter finish.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at Port Brewing tasting at the Brickskeller. very cloudy gold. aroma is banana and cloves. is this a hefe?!? still a bit disoriented by the aroma, the flavor doesn’t stray far. medium body, sweet wheat character, spice is mild in the finish. supposedly a saison. it’s not bad, just unremarkable.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 from Julios split two ways. Pours a hazy golden/light orange with a large long lasting frothy white head. Aroma is very spicy- ginger-coriander, citrus rind, pepper. Taste is nice with alot of citrus fruit, orange, lemon, with spices being less dominant but still very prevalent nonetheless. Finishes dry with citrus and spice notes. very enjoyable saison.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sevenfitty shared with Brie... Saisons have quickly become my favorite summer beer. It was almost 100 degrees today in MA. This saison was poured into a tulip and smelled like citrus and grassy hops. The 6.7% is slightly present, but the flavor is mostly fruits and spice. This was heavy for the style yet extremly refreshing due to the acidic kick in the finish. Port brewing and Jolly Pumpkin have this style down.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe blonde très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle. Arômes de levures. Saveurs de levures, d’alcool et de houblon amérisant résineux.