hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus (lemony), doughy, floral, fruity, earthy, and some honey. Tastes of citrus, spices, the same doughiness, sweet apples, and earthy. On the sweeter side. Alcohol content well hidden.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Hazy orange gold pour, thick fluffy head and very thick sticky lacing. Nose is very dry wheat, sweet berries and some bitter notes. Bread. Nice full flavors, with a flowery sweetness and a bread-like grainy finish. Balanced well, rich and yummy, incredible drinkable and very refreshing.
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, earthy yeast, coriander, vanilla, honey, and citrus fruits. Taste of citrus fruits, honey, toffee malts, skunky hops, earthy yeast, light pepper, and a spicy alcohol finish. A nice saison, but if this is the second coming of the Avec Les Bons Voeux, it needs to dry out some to be that fantastic.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark golden and cloudy with an orange hue and a decent white head. It smells light sweet, yeasty, and almost a bit zesty. The flavor of the DuPont yeast is nice with more bitterness on the backend from the hops. The body is not too bubbly, right on.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Hopdog for sharing. Pours a nice hazy pale golden with a lively fluffy mostly lasting head. Aroma of fresh bake bready, very doughy, wheaty, weird very slight chlorine gassy-like with some ok sea salt edges to it and a faint citrusy tartness. Mostly bready upfront in the flavor, some light floral notes,more cream of wheat, some earth, more salt, ok to medium phenolic yeastiness, some very light citrusy orange pezzy-ness with a slight tart finish. Body is good and finishes somewhat dry. Overall good- has a nice overall DuPont character, but has a slight off citrusy sweetness in conjunction with a tartness towards the end that kinda threw me off.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this 750 and to Trish for picking it up at McKenzies. Pours hazy golden with a medium bubbly white head that left light lacing. Aroma was very floral, bready, citrus, light alcohol, green apple, herbal, honey, grassy, peppery and a bit of malt sweetness. Flavor of apple juice, peppery, spicy notes, grassy, banana and malty sweet.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A weird floral and slightly acidic semi-wild blonde Saison.
How: Bottle at post-EBF 2009 tasting. From Dickinsonbeer. Paul’s the man. I forget if it was a brewery bottle or a hand-bottle
The look: Cloudy dark yellow body topped by a large white head
In long: Nose is semi-wild and very floral with a garden flowers/dandelions character that reminds me of the not too fucked-up bathes of Fantôme Pissenlit. Taste is the other way around, it reminds me a fucked-up Fantôme Pissenlit batch, like the one that was available late 2008. Weird mix of cheesy and wild yeast, citrus & tangerines, doughy bread, garden flowers/dandelions and citric/acidic notes lemon + green apples. Objectively speaking I think this was a problematic bottle but what can I say I like that type of “wild” beers. The Dupont signature does show up but this is a Saison Dupont gone bad. But Dupont yeast is to beer what gratuitous nudity is to movies, it makes an ordinary offering interesting and I never get enough of it.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Otown Throwdown. Most definitely one of my favorite saisons yet. Pale orangey yellow body. Earthy and peppery. Stingey carbonation and really nice hops
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopdog. I’m pretty sure this is a rebrew of the Avec le Bons Veaux but apparently not. Big, hugely malty, spicy rye notes with light vodka and bitters. Prickly, spicy flavor, very yeasty and thick with tons of pale malts, coating and full and expressive, if not brutish. A pretty nice saison, though if this were actually Scott Morrison I’d be disappointed. A tad underattenuated and over-yeasty.
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 Bottle, pours a very clear, bright gold with a large white head. Sharp, fairly pungent nose, first reminds me of Dupont saisons, really grassy and distinctive. Freshly cut grass, light and fresh yeast, really summery. Sweeter in the mouth than I had expected, with a round quality unusual in a saison. Honeydew and ripe mangoes. Rounded about with that grassy saison kick. Peppery and a bit spicy, just slightly hot. Good and pretty interesting.
Not that anyone will ever read this update, but I opened another bottle of this July 2012, and found it very enjoyable. I’m not entirely sure it was the same beer I had last year, as both bottle just had very small stickers for labels with the brewer’s hand writing. This was darkier, maltier, more honey, but pleasantly earthy with a lot of meadow-like sweetness. Reminded me of some of the more rustic Publick House saisons.