GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - Iíd seen this bottle on the shelves for awhile and never really pulled the trigger on buying it. Always made some excuse for not buying it really. Low and behold, itís at a tasting!! Aroma is really nice and complex with notes of spice, citrus, yeast, pepper, fruit and a floral centerpiece. Appearance was crystal clear, more gold than yellow with a good fluffy head although there must have been a fair amount of sediment as the more it poured the more hazy it became. Lively and spritzy on the tongue with a bittersweet finish. The taste was really nice. It carried most of the same character as the nose. Very tasty. Yet just one more great beer from the folks at North Coast.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL Bottle shared with family friends on new years eve. Pours golden orange with adequate carbonation and big fluffy head. Nose is fruity and yeasty--basically saisony. Flavor mimics aroma, with little to no alchohol present. Not the most exciting saison Iíve had, but still a nice and refreshing offering from NC/WF. I must agree itís a little pricey at $8.
Gr0ve (2128) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Golden and somewhat hazy. Throws a really tall fluffy white head - a porous one. Very high carbonation content as bubbles rise to the top quickly. Prickly, peppery and a little pear-like aroma. Straw and some citrus. Dry sensation. Prickly from the carbonation. Acidic and powdery from grassy hops. Cider-like, but drier and more bitter. Citrus-flavours. Peaches and pears. Dry finish from hops.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
26.12.06 500ml bottle. I was pretty surprised to see this and actually had forgotten about the paltry (though listed on RB) beer selection at Whole Foods Middletown.
Looks like a saison alright, golden straw with medium sized off-white head that is sturdy and lasting. Aroma is nice, sweet, lightly grassy, some tropical fruits (mostly pineapple), and fairly oakey. Thin to medium bodied, weedy, and lots of tropical fruits with a quick bite of lemon zest. Strong and growing oakiness manifests in a woody astringency and very mild vanilla. Light diacetyl comes through in spots. Huh. Nothing unpleasant about this saision except the $8/500ml price tag. Definitely not worth the money for another go-round.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle Purchased at Whole Foods. Enjoyed on Christmas Day, the first of the evening with my good pal Josh. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a puffy white head. The aroma has notes of fruit, and slight hints of citrus. I havenít been a big Saison guy in the past, but it has been a while since Iíve had one. The taste is light and refreshing with a slightly bitter after taste. The after effect lingers in your throat for a bit. Decent saison from my limited experience with them. Glad to see some covert North Coast Action.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy Yellow Coloring with White Skin. Yeasty, Herbal Aroma. Very Yeasty Flavor...Dry...Sorry to Say Cardboard Notes at the End...Overall..Herbal/Vegetable Notes..Perhaps Not the Best Bottle but Certainly Not a Bad Saison When itís in Good Order.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this Saison quite a bit. I noticed some belgian floral characteristics and some yummy yeastiness too. Not a ton of spices which was a bit of a disappointment but they were there. Very smooth and mellow for the 7.3%
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Hazy gold, fluffy head. Fruity nose. Lovely, rish beer. Funkiness, barnyard, apricots. More dry hops, more funkiness than your usual saison, incredible.
larsga (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big shiny offwhite lasting head over hazy yellow body with lots of carbonation. Bready, yeasty aroma of fruit and earth, with a sharpish metallic edge and citric notes. Sharp earthy, bananaish taste with dry, ciderlike metallic aftertaste. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. A nice saison. Good, but not too special. (0.5l bottle.)
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Massive white head with good retention and plenty of stringy lace. Hazy gold colored brew with white highlights. Spicey nose, coriander, citrus, lightly bready, melony, nice spiceyness. Body is light, spritzy with a light oilyness. Spicey, peppery flavors, citrus, light grainy notes. Finish is dry, light and spicey.