Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not really much of a saison. Lacks the funkiness of a good saison. Very yeasty but no other flavors ever really develop.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful looking beer. Deep orange color with a full white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of orange and spice. Clove, cinnamon, maybe coriander? Great palate medium body with a slightly slippery feel. Flavor slightly reminiscent of a 'Nilla wafer. Good finish slightly tart.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rounded, dark, spicy, yeasty taste. Astoundingly good. Predominant flavor is vanilla, followed by a slight citric tinge, and nondescript spice. Oats give this beer a rolling, tongue-encapsulating mouthfeel. Has a desert/flower/cactus taste to it that I can't identify. Another winner from New Belgium. Is this America's best brewery? To my knowledge it is, and don't even say anything about Ommegang.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange hues. Medium head lingers dragging some lace down with it. The smell reminds me of #9. Starts tartly like a sweet and sour tangerine, but then the malt and other grains shine through. Oily mouthfeel mops the flavors around. Dry crispy finish.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange color, medium head. Very malty, complex blend of oats, wheat, barley malts and lemon verbena. Nicely hoppy, good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Very complex taste, good full flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little sweet and malty. Very different, good taste. Interesting beer.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2003 The 2003 batch was released today and on tap at the brewery. It"s better than last years, with more of a citrus flavor. Worth a try!
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good blend of hops and malt accompaning a very nice orangish color. Good citrus finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While very mellow and lacking for a saison, this is a nice light ale to have on a hot day. Thanks Gusler!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ReRate 06/08/02: As I have changed my rating system, to reflect more acurately the beers sampled, a re-rate of my top 100 beers is now in progress: The beer pours a cloudy orange color, generous head and lace. Nose is malt, slightly citrus, sweet as is the start, top light, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, acidic and quite ’Quaffable’.