GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazed pale gold color w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of spicey clove and herbs. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors of malted banana spice and citrus bursts through and steals the show. Encore w/ clove, nutmeg, corriander, citrus rind, w/ a pinch of leather. The brisk mouthfeel appeals to me. Finish is long w/ a strong peach pit bttering. Overall: A little strong on the spice, otherwise good balance. Fits in w/ the holiday flavors. A bigger malt profile emerges as the brew warms adding more appeal, turning to sweet asprin on the finish. Highly recommended.
Bartzilla (516) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via growler from the source. Delicious. Foggy, smelly, peppery and just what I was looking for. Saisons can be great, they can be "mm hmm" and they can be outstanding. Depends on what part of the globe youíre on when weighing these very articulate idealisms. This meets my criteria and more. Outside of the Angelís Share, which is just astronomically beautiful, this is my favorite of the Lost Abbey team. It just feels, looks and tastes RIGHT.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: Pours to a mostly clear, yet definitely still showing a little bit of haze, bright golden yellow-orange color. When held to light it looks golden yellow, but when viewing the light directly through it the beer burns a light amber - nice color. Large white head initially that slowly fades to a thin layer on top, showing nice lacing down to a good-sized ring around the glass. The first thing I notice about the aroma is the orange rind. Then thereís bits of alligator pepper, or grains of paradise, smells similar to corriander but definitely different, a hint of ginger - but I probably wouldnít have picked it out without seeing it in the aroma, itís very faint, then thereís bits of light fluffly biscuit, and faint hints of light cereal, bread, and bitter floral hops just barely coming through. The taste definitely shows off the bitter orange rind first and foremost, and it actually lasts throughout - itís in no way a bad flavor, just much more clean and pronounced orange than Iím expecting in a saison. The use of black pepper and alligator pepper works very nicely in combination with the orange flavors, and the ginger does add a bit more to the taste than aroma, hitting your tongue as kind of a mediator in the dispute between orange peel and pepper. It works but itís really missing the solid malt backbone - Iím left craving the bready, cereal, near-pilsner light malt flavors found in many other saisons. In the end Iím left feeling like this one is overspiced to compensate for lack of funky qualities brought on by a belgian yeast strain & weird fermentation temperatures. Of course there arenít really any strict guidelines for what this is supposed to be anyway. Medium-full bodied, lively carbonation, finishes with some bitterness that seems to come from the orange peel and some hidden bitter, floral hops. Itís good, but this one would be great in my opinion if they pulled back the orange a bit, allowed some more quality pale malts to show, and got some more slightly funky yeast flavors (of course it could be all there and just masked by the orange/pepper too).
LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold 750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a good sized fluffy ivory head with lacing. Aroma is of nice yeast, sweet grains, spice and orange. Taste is most excellently blended with layers of sweet, spice and bitterness with faint sour notes. Nice malty sweet to midly bitter and dry ending.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml: Pours a dark hazy yellow with a thick white head, the aroma contains rich yeast, hay, pepper and other spices, cherries, and light fruits. Full bodied for the style with playful carbonation, crisp ending, starts and ends lightly sweet. An excellent saison, that tastes better as it warms. LyndaNova likes this enough to get the rest of the bottle, time to open a double IPA.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Amber color, frothy head. Lost of funky yeast going on in the smell. The taste is lots of peppery spices with a dash of lemon. A solid Saison.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a white head. Yeasty aroma. Yeasty, peppery flavor with backing malt and slight lemon. Lingering spice. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Stringer peppery spice flavor than many saisons.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
6th beer at tasting. The flavor is quite wheaty, with some hops at the end. Not really as subtle as a lot of saisons, but nice enough.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazed golden with a dense billowy and rocky white head...smell is almost smokey upon first sniff...like a delicate delicate delicate rauch...then sweet clove and white pepper come pouring out of the glass...some lemon and then black pepper and yeasty funk...beautiful...taste is sweet with vanilla, lavender, yeast, banana, cobweb, general funk, and a ton of pineapple as it warms...seems a little overly sweet but I have a feeling that the sweetness will fade out a little bit...tastes almost identical to SPF45 but more sweet and more peppery...
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle, 400th rating] Hazy, yellowish color with a huge, dense white head. Aroma is quite spicy, with clove and yeast present. Sweet/spicy flavors, with fruits, yeast, sweet wheat and some substantial spice towards the finish. Pretty good stuff.