TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a lightly hazy golden with hints of orange and an average creamy white head that left some lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, peppery, citrus, earthy, Flavor was spicy, pepper, citrus, yeasty, bready.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a two-finger white head that leaves good lacing. Tons of spice in the aroma, along with yeast and very light earthy, herbal hops. Citrusy, spicy flavor, with a dose of earthiness on the finish. Sweet malts are too present, and thereís a metallic, blood-like flavor that I canít get past.
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the better beers Iíve tried from NBB, but I still get that Fat Tire flavor in there like most of the new beers that Iíve tried from them. Pretty good spices though.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on tap at hydro in calistoga. Wasnít to pleased with this one. The flavors just didnít mesh well in my mouth. Very strong flavors, but they werenít complimenting each other. No thanks.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best by Jan 2007.
Pours a clear coppery orange, with a tall two finger head, that fades quickly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind a thick sheet of lace.
Smell; this has a mildly earthy aroma, with a bit of a tart funkiness. Some lemon and coriander are present, as well as some other spices I canít place.
Taste; the tart and earthy flavors are there, as well as some biscuity malts. The lemon and coriander, fill out the middle, and finishes with a slightly peppery spiciness. But none of those flavors come out as well as they do in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent.
Not nearly as funky as most people would expect Saison to be, but itís still a style I wish more breweries would attempt. I just wish that NBB had bottle conditioned this beer, I think it might have turned out better if they had.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
What is it with New Belgium that makes their ales so unpredictable? Fat Tire, lame. 1554, boring. La Folie, awesome. Trippel, delicious. Saison, just right. Yeah, this stuff is good. Nothing ground breaking or extraordinary, just an easy drinking saison that screams quality. Itís like gambling with these guys. Itís either superb or a let down. This falls into the superb category. I hope I can find it around more often.
eeblah (104) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clean ale but doesnít stand out too much. Pretty well balanced beer with a nice bronze color.
GarrettB (843) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Ever since an unfortunate binging of Fat Tire early in my legal drinking career Iíve never been able to imbibe anything remotely similar to it with any kind of blitheness. Itís a reaction akin to those individuals who canít stand certain green vegetables. Apparently they lack a gene or some such silliness. My own revulsion for Fat Tire is trained and ingrained like a performing monkey and his tricks. I canít erase it, and from now until the end of mankind I will forever be ridiculed for not drinking Fat Tire like all the other cool kids do. And here comes along an entirely different New Belgium brew, at least in appearance. And what does it taste like? Itís about one measly, specious, sinister step away from Fat Tire. For all I care it is Fat Tire, with a new label and a spurious taste of metal implemented in both the aroma and the taste. Like Fat Tire it is clear and copper colored, with a shy head that takes a violent pour to produce anything. As I said before the aroma mainstay is corrugated sheet metal, with corn and a slight skunkiness, redeemed only by a pleasant amber factor. The taste is bitter and the mouth feel is grainy with a little rusty construction grade I-Beam to touch things up, ending with a much needed respite of untainted hops and malts. And thatís all I really have to say. Itís unpleasant, industrial-tasting and way too much like Fat Tire. It has bad brewing and a gag reflex working against it, and those are some mighty big odds.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (thanks kenb!). Honeyish golden colour, small white head. Aroma is honey, hops and earth. Flavour is fruit, earth, slight hops and nectar. Not too exciting saison. Might be some American hops that make it quite sweet.
TBone (11230) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (BB 01/2007)
Honey golden color, small white head. Estery fruity aroma with banana and light sour notes. Fruity (grape, tangerine), earthy, notes of mould. Quite full palate, sweetness in the aftertaste. Yes, it is a saison.