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 (18963) - 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 (2099) - 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.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 12oz. bottle. Aroma is peppery, lightly malty and full of yeast attributes, spicy and peppery with some slight funk and cobwebs, along with notes of lemon, lightly toasty caramel and herbal hops. Clear medium-dark golden color with a light amber cast and a fine, creamy head. Flavor profile is gently tart, citric and again lightly sweet with some background malty toastiness and faint caramel, paired with a light amount of fruitiness, moderate level of bitterness and more peppery spices late. Fairly dry and clean on the palate with a light-medium body. Sort of a showcase for the yeast, but there is certainly enough going on here overall to enjoy.
dins (266) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2000
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2005 A wonderfully acidic, spicy, flavourful rendition of the style. Astonishingly refreshing with a huge blast of ginger and depth of pepper, earthy hoppiness, and a dry finish. Re-Rate is hopefully pending.