AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I always get excited for New Belgium's less accesible beers are released. It breaks up the monotony. And actually gives me a reason a to drink a NB brew other than La Folie or Abbey Grand Cru. Crisp white head. Laces in horizontal layers. Soft to the nose, lightly lemon. The color is sort of like F(l)at Tire, but a little hazier and a little darker. There was some sediment, but I attribute that to my pour more than the brew. Has a little bit more bite than the typical New Belgium brew. Citrus-y followed by a little bit alcohol taste behind it. For a Colorado beer, this is definitely not watered down.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy deep amber orange color with a small creamy lasting head, light citrus flowery aroma. Wheat flavors kind of reminds me of lemon cough drops. Medium body with a dry finish, not bad very interesting I have not tasted anything quite like it.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The guy at the liquor store said that this was an amber ale. I thought, "wait a minute, New Belgium calls it a Saison." After trying one of DaSilky1's saison's --- leathery and yeasty and all -- I'd say that this is definitely not quite what a saison should be. Tasty though.
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 (5319) - 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!