DYCSoccer17 (3400) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle purchased at the Food Co-Op in Davis, CA. Damn, I thought that this was some sort of new brew, but apparently not. Lots of yeast esters in the nose with some peppery spicy notes as well as some banana aromas. A little bit of orange and coriander may also e present. Quite floral and rather aromatic. Pleasant. Moderately hazy honey-colored body with a large, fluffy white head and nice lacing present. About as good as a saison can look. Wow, this is spicy as hell. Tingling mouthfeel to start with a some sweet, sugary, honey-like flavors present in the middle. Short-lived. Floral flavors are also abundant finishing with more spiciness and a bit of ethanol burn. Warming and just hoppy enough. This is well-done.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/19/07 From the bottle. Aroma is sweet malt and phenols forward followed by toffee, light alcohol and some pearlike yeast notes. Appearance is hazy golden straw with a moderate white head. Flavor is pear forward, sour, lightly spicy, phenolic with a sour finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate warmth and a medium/high carb feel. Overall, this is a very complex brew with some fighting between flavors, but this would probably be great with food.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the color of a navel orange peel with a sizeable foamy head that settles to a cm thick cover. Tangy citruses on the nose somewhat akin to a hefewezen, the bite of a gueuze on the tongue, more sour zesty citrus and a green apple tartness, floral bitterness and a touch of butterscotch diacetyl in the finish. Not really what I was expecting, but not bad. Just not particularly like other saisons Iíve tried.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hazy amber body with a big but quickly dissipating fizzy head. Spice, fruit, floral hops, strong yeast, rubber in the nose. Medium to full bodied with a tingly feel in the mouth. Spice dominated the taste and was not enjoyable to me.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two Finger thick, frothy, fairly large bubbled, off white colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, lightly amber tinged, copper colored beer. Quite dry smelling, with dusty, freshly crushed malt, soda crackers and grassy grain aromatics. Lightly tart smelling, which accentuates some notes of green apples and even something like kiwi. Fairly hoppy, with a nice grassy, fresh mown hay sort of thing as well as some herbal notes going on. And now that I dig around here, it is actually quite fruity as well, with a nicely done, sweet flower nectar-like thing (honeysuckly, orange blossom and peach like aromatics come to mind.
Fairly well carbonated, yet still manages to feel creamy on the tongue. Fairly dry, yet it does have some clean, lightly sweet, pale malt notes to it. This finishes with a solid bitterness, which mixes with touches of tartness and an astringent herbal quality. The hops also seem to lend some fruit notes here (or at least the combination of hop and malts does) which definitely remind me of apricots and peaches. Dusty malt flavors of biscuits and crushed soda crackers are noticeable in the last half of a sip.
This is quite a bit nicer than I was expecting. I am really digging the how quaffable this is; it is only lightly sweet, but the hop-fruit character adds another dimension without adding any cloyingness. At first the fruit notes in both the aroma and flavor were hard to pick out, but once I stumbled upon them they became quite distinct and a major contributor to the overall character of the beer. Especially as the beer warms, it becomes much more fruity, with a amplified peach note becoming quite noticeable.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle, shared by mj. Pours a cloudy orangish gold body under a nice fluffy white head. Fruity yeasty nose with lots of bready notes, some lemon and citrus rinds. Nice fruity estery flavor with fluffy wheat and yeast all over the place. Finishes with a nice citrusy and peppery kick. Mouthfeel is fluffy with soft efforvescent carbonation. A pretty nice beer, not a whole lot of "farmhouse" going on here though, it really resembled a lighter Triple more than a Saison. A nice refresher on a warm day though.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml. appearance from the pour yields a tiny bubbly avg size head, though quickly receding, and a golden orange haze. aromas of peach skins and mango milkshakes fill my nose, as does passion fruit and perhaps even some cantalope and orange cream soda. itís very lively, yet approachable. on the palate, itís a little dirty. thereís the fruity aspect, which is filled with grapefruit rind (which lasts through to the finish), lemon zest, and a bit of tart ripe oranges. itís bittersweet, honestly. thereís a woody aspect, but itís not oak...maybe birch, or maple. itís lingering on the finish. itís a puzzling ale, indeed a farmhouse brew. enjoyable nonetheless. i dig it, for what it is. overall, i canít say iíd go back to it many more times.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This gem pours a slightly hazed, pale tawny yellow color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb head retention reduces slowly to reveal a lasting, downy canopy of fluffy lace. Aromas of mild citrus pulp, tropicals, spice, and a little jerkey. Medium full nectar w/ ample residual effers that feel like cotton. Flavors are true Belgian in nature w/ citrus pulp and rind, vanilla, peach, nectarine, passion fruit, and mild spice. The finish is bittered moderately w/ a peach pit style that leaves the palate tasting like green stems. Overall: Iíve had Saisons and this one is definately different w/ an almost creamy texture and a persistant hop profile that just wonít quit. Itís an old world style w/ remarkable complexities. Mildly sweet w/ hints of perfume.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 This is a pretty good light Belgian. Floral, yet not overpowering. Hoppy, but not to an extreme. SECOND ANALYSIS: Very citrus-like, almost a Belgian Golden - but has the hoppage of a Saison. Very nice.
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft yellow creamy appearance with medium to fine bubbles in a white, foamy head. Bright and fluffy yeast nose, with sharp tripel-like candy sugar notes, and light citrus fruit as well. Crisp and fruity, bright and tangy on the tongue, with a heavy emphasis on marshmallow and banana spiced yeast and Belgian candy sugar. Okay, but fairly straightforward and simple.