argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(75cl bottle) Cloudy golden body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, some lemon, orange. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, light yeast. Fairly dry finish. Light-medium body, light acidity, quite drinkable.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Odeed and served in my NB Worthy glass: A cloudy yellow hue topped but an initial large frothy head which settles to a hilly layer of foam and left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of candy orange peels, grains of paradise, black and white pepper, and a serious amount of ginger root. The nose also found some grainy and bready malt along with other floral and herbal esters. The taste starts with a light note of acidic fruit surrounded by a warm blanket of rich and integrated spices. The yeast and wheat is noticeable in midstream and then the finish displays a note of woody dryness. The mouth feel is sprite and dances lively across the palate making the depth of spices more apparent. The one thing this brew could use is a traditional level of old hops. I miss that crispness and refreshment found within the better Saisons from Belgium. This beer is good and with a tweak or two could challenge the best of show.
Additional comments: I rated PP SPF 8 and 45 higher than this and also believe that Bison Farmhouse Ale is a more refreshing Saison and should be one people seek out as well.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy yeast! 25-ounce bottle. Pour cloudy dark yellow with a giant white head that laced the glass to the finish. If you have ever worked on a farm in the midwest, the aroma and taste were stirringly familiar. Pronounced yeast in aroma and flavor. Aroma also had hops, lemon, orange, baked bread, and honey. The flavor was very similar, strong on the yeast followed by hops, orange, lemon, and baked grains. Somewhat carbonated, alcohol was minimally detectable and only on the finish where there was a nice spice taste as well. I found this Saison to be very enjoyable. Thanks Bartzilla.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Brewery: Poured a hazy dark yellow color with a medium creamy off-white head. Yeasty phenolic aroma. Sweet and fruity. The flavor was wheaty, sweet and yeasty. Some banana, clove, lemon and big floral flavors.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 Draft. sampled at Monkís Cafe Lost Abbey dinner 2/6/07. Previosly sampled in 750 mL bottle. Poured cloudy pale amber with an off white head. Aroma is earthy with notes of wheat, spices and vegetables. Flavor is sweet with some yeast up front and finishes with some spice and hops. Very enjoyable and refreshing.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a matte melon orange with a nice thick layer of creamy white lace. Aroma is spicy with ginger, orange and pepper definitely apparent. Iím not sure what grains of paradise smells like so I canít identify that. Flavor is well blended with a body that is just prickly enough to be refreshing. Finishes long but clean. Definitely a thirst quencher.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a caged corked 750 ml. bottle with a blurb on the back label, no bottling/freshness date, sampled at a cool cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
Poured a slightly haze, clear towards the bottom of glass, bright reddish orangey golden with a fluffly, creamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of a light funky farmhouse yeast, ginger and honey, an orange fruitiness, spices, sugar and sweet malts, floral with a touch of herbs hops.
Good, steady carbonation and a crisp, dryish, textured, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant saison taste, ginger, grains of paradise, a subtle pepper bite, sweet honey grainy malts, earthy, spicy, musty bread yeast, a soft orangey, lemon fruitiness, the alcohol is well masked for most part, but emerges as a spicy clear alcohol at the end, warming in the back of throat, herbal hops that have a soft, but lingering bitterness, and a dry grainy, yeasty, herbal finish.
A very enjoyable saison from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, an easy, smooth drinkability, tasty and balanced, well worth giving this a try if you like saison ales.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peach juice colored, fine microbubbles forming a tight weave of head that held on elegantly.
Some grass, hay/barnyard, bitter orange peel, coriander. Nothing overly original, but nothing out of place and simply well done.
Solid, solid body that hits you right from the start, only to give way to the spicy, bready yeast flavors in the middle, and cuts dry with a resinous hop finale. Carbonation is just the way I like it, vivid and tingly. Iím a sucker for Saisons, this one hit all the right buttons for me.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 My Bottom Line:
This intelligent Californian saison offers a seamless accoutrement of complex gingery, floral spicing, herbal hoppiness and heavy biscuity, bready maltiness. And a soft fluttering carries its intricacies beyond the tastebuds.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-I donít think this oneís as intensely perfumy as its ancestor, SPF 45.
-The delicate yet lively effervescence fits perfectly.
-Spicy dryness is foreshadowed by the aroma, and indeed closes each sip, a product of both hops and spices, surely.
-This is extremely well balanced; aroma-flavor-bitterness are all perfectly united.
-The maltiness is a tad too bulky for my tastes in the style.
Bottles; no date.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Purchased at the brewery on 9/9/06. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with shades of light orange and a tall layer of fluffy white head. Yeasty aromas of banana rind mix nicely with freshly picked lavendar petals, oregano, and a rose stalk garden hoppiness. A gentle orange zest compliments a doughy malt base quite nicely, while the ginger and black pepper add of level of aromatic complexity that prove that less can be more. Medium bodied, milky mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. Loads of doughy malts fit perfectly with a bit of pithy orange and a tickle of black pepper spice. Lots of french herbs follow quickly, ending in a grassy hops, almost lactic yeasty smack.