acearl (474) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ole 750ml’er...Yellow amber hue with creamy off white lasting head with excellent lacing, smells of spiced orange peels a little like a light mulled spiced cider, hints of black pepper and ginger which are also evidenced in the subtle aftertaste. Mild carbonation, flavor stays lasts briefly particularly in the back of the tongue and roof of mouth(grains.) Zesty and spicey but also smooth and refreshing. End of summer to start of fall.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Your Dark Lord and Landseer. Pours a pale orange with a white head. Aroma of apple, spice, pear, and yeast. Subtle amount of sweetness with flavors of coriander, clove, belgian wheat malt, pepper, and citrus. Finish is yeasty and dry. I enjoyed this more than the Avante Garde, but I liked the SPF 45 better. I’d be curious to know if the recipe has changed.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy orange with a small white head. Funky aroma of spices, lemon zest, yeast, browned butter. The flavor was akin to a ginger ale. Don’t see this as a new incarnation of Pizza Port’s SPF 45. I liked that one.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 A mildly spiced beer. Drinkable, and well done in the Belgian tradition for an American brewer. Summer quencher, to be sure. I like to see more yeasty funky character in a Saison but that’s just me. Too much ginger for me in recent samples.
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy, orange gold color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coriander, ginger, lemongrass, citrus fruits, bread, and honey, with a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more ginger, coriander, white pepper, wheat, lemon, citrus fruits, honey, and a dry, yeasty finish. No alcohol at all.
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. lots of foam, like 1.5 inches. pretty heavily carbonated. smells spicy and funky, bready. pretty good, not overly spicy, a bit honeyed. unexceptional, but pretty drinkable. i like how mild it is; lots of times the pepper and grains of paradise can be overwhelming. the ginger complement is perfect, too.
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very satisfying spiced saison ale here. Wonderful pepperish aroma and nice cloudy blond appearance. Taste runs a bit on the syrupy overdone side, but still stays true enough to the idea of a thirst-quenching beer.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC 2007 & then again @ BeerBistro, Toronto Canada. In my top 3 @ BCTC. Delicious Saison.Sweet, spicy, peppery, citrusy. Up there with Southampton Saison Deluxe. Loved it
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Local, Downtown SD CA. Golden color with some nice spiciness. Flavor is sweet citursy and wheaty very smooth and drinkable. Quite possible the best summer beer in SD, and I’m seeing everywhere these days! Horraay!
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Boutip. Thanks Phil! Pours a hazy peach golden with nice lacing. Nose is heavy with spices--coriander, clove, grains of paradise. No funk. Flavor is more spices, wheat, slight hops and citrus. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Alcohol not detected. A nice summer brew.