3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft cloudy orange. Sharp, somewhat tart flavor up front. Soft palate and carbonation throughout. Woody and sandy flavors, somewhat sour, like grapefruit juice, with some peanuts, birch, and turpentine flavors as well. Peach aroma.
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I pretty much love anything new belgium makes and this is no exception. Wonderful beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber pour with a smallish head. Hoppy citrus nose. Nice floral flavors with hints of fruits. Very smooth palate with a floral finish. Great saison, suprised it came from New Belgium.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fat celestial white head. Golden orange cloudy color. Inviting citrusy aroma. All the flavors balance perfectly on the tongue. You can taste the dry bitterness in the end as the hops and malt make their presense. The beer loses its spark after a certain time, best fresh. Another winner from New Belgium.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Warm, honey-colored body with medium carbonation and a tight sudsy white head. Interesting and novel citrus character presumably from both the yeast and lemon verbena. Nice peppery edge. Moderate plastic phenols. Lightly toasted, biscuity malt underbelly with honey tones. Fruity esters suggesting sweet bananas come to the front in the flavor. Considerable malty character for a saison with hints of butter and nuts. Also has a light woody character and a nice subtle touch of barnyard. Long finish with some mild but noticeable hop flavor and bitterness. Seems like it could be drier and fuller. Has a slight syrupy effect on the tongue. Does seem to dry out and improve with some modest cellaring. This is an enjoyable and unique beer overall that’s always worth revisiting from time to time.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from New Belgium. A tad spicy, wheaty and very strong fruity aroma and flavors reminiscent of corriander and tangerine, with a nice bits of hops and a malty balanced aftertaste. Makes this a very enjoyable saison.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow it really is orange. Like UTexas orange. Spicy, citrus good body. Drink this and ponder why the groundhog is king of the transition from winter to spring.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great appearance with huge head and lacing. Aroma hinted of citrus, grains, and a tart yeast. Spicey and tart on the palate, finish clean. Very enjoyable and unique style when done right.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 ReRate: Golden orange colored, with a slight haze to it. Good head with exceptional lacing. Aroma is initially slightly hoppy then developes into full form at warmer temperatures and there are brilliant notes of apricot, orange, corriander, pepper and spicyness. Flavor is full of cheer with spice and pepper, citrus notes are abundant and complex. The finish is smooth and refreshing and overall this one is just a wonderful saison, this one got much better with a couple months of extra aging.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange! The floating orange on the label is nearly the exact color of the brew. Citrus and malty nose is very pleasant. Refreshing and smooth despite the moderate %Alc. Quite unique.