Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Clear and brightly golden; thinnish, frothy white head. Smooth body; pretty easy to drink. Light grains complemented by a honey-like sweetness. Balancing hop bitterness leaves behind notes of flowers and herbs. Delicate hints of banana, clove, citrusy lemon and daisy fields. Nicely balanced and pleasant to drink, but a little restrained. Rerate, on tap at Falling Rock: Clear golden with a frothy, tightly packed head. Light texture; mild carbonation; slightly watery at times. Pinch of tartness was nice, and aromas were nice (delicate flowers). Only a mild bitterness. Overall, nice things going on, but (again) way too restrained. Rerate, bottle: Nice and bright golden, but quickly fading head. Nose was nice, but aromas didn’t seem to carry so well after the first sip. Grainy-bready malts. Kind of hot.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear golden-yellow w/ a nice white head, light floral aroma & flavor. It has the typical saison nose & flavors, but in a more subdued way. I think that it could use a touch more umphh. Thx Santa
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cereal, popcorn, toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty embarrassing...highly filtered appearance is ugly for the style (saisons are all about nature, and simply must be bottle-conditioned / naturally carbonated), nasty malt character in the nose with little else going on, and a remarkably dirty aftertaste (probably a result of the horrid malt or poor extraction). There’s just not much to like about this one.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is quite floral and very appealing. Light golden color with small head. The mouthfeel was quite frothy, somewhat of a change from most NB brews. Malty, balanced palate. Taste is dry throughout, and highlighted by lavender (again, floral) and hints of belgian yeast. Underlying bitterness adds to the experience. Overall, a delicate and floral beer. My only complaint is that it might be a little too carbonated for me- I just want to stick it in the sonicator for about 5 seconds before I drink it.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Draught @ the brewery yesterday. Vibrant, bursting, Belgian aroma of spicy hops, light fruits (white grapes and pear), lavender, red licorice and leather. Fitting, soft and round body, with a nice Belgian influence with the spicing (coriander, lavender) , a nice light fruitiness (green melon) and a touch of caramel and butter toffee. A seriously serious Saison that is nearly equal to its Belgian counterparts.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you can pick this up when it is available, then I highly suggest that you do. Pours a deep amber color with a big egg like head. Nice spicy aroma that hints to a texture in flavor that is worth savoring before diving into drink. Not overly complex in any event, just very easy to drink and not over the top. Flavor is very rich and spicy, very fruity. A must try.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not always available, but worth the wait. The spices come through nicely but not overpowering. A refreshing easy to drink saison.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus aroma, nice amber color, spicy with a dry finish.
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden coloured. Big cardamom flavour. Too big for my liking. Not my favourite of the new Belgiums.
legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 This was one crazy beer. I look froward to this every year. Lots of spice and ginger on the tongue. SHARP mouthfeel. Very alive on the tongue.
UPDATE- the new bottling SUCKS!! No yeast, crystal clear and a sweetness that really comes out of nowhere. Once one of my very favorites, but this new batch really dissappoints. Good job NB.