Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours cloudy/hazy orange to light amber with a medium white head. The aroma is a fantastic and quite complex mix of fruity/doughy/moldy/plastic yeast, Nobel floral/grassy/light herbal hops, white bready/toasty malt and some spices. Tones of ripe banana, ripe mango, orange, mild strawberries, lemon, roses, coriander, white pepper, light clove and moldy basement. The flavour is of citrus - orange/orange peel and lemon, toasted white bread and cracker like malt, grassy/spicy hops, doughy/moldy yeast and some coriander/white pepper spiciness. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and quite crisp yet soft and light smooth. Finish is a bit dry with tones of bitter oranges and quite a lot of hops - herbs/spices/bitter grass (but low alpha so there is no striking bitterness to talk about) alongside some spiciness from both the hops and the yeast with perhaps even some real spices included. Well balanced sweetness. Medium bodied. Wow, a very underrated and well made Saison from North Coast. Highest mountain and deepest valley is the headline for this brewery quality wise.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brewery. Pours with a huge head with good retention. Aromas of tart fruit and lemon. The flavors are not as funly as a sasion should be however they get better when the beer warms. It has a nice breadiness to it, togther with some lemon notes and a bit of clove. perhaps more a Belgian blonde though than a saison but still good.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into Stella Artois 40cl glass.
Appearance: Golden-amber haze, rocky head, ample lacing on the glass as the head slowly fades.
Nose: Fruity, lightly musty, hint of spice.
Taste: Light bitterness. Soft malts with fruit/citrus. Notes of peppery spice. Hint of tartness.
Le Merle was quite quaffable and didn’t have an overwhelming musty-wet-blanket aroma that accompanies some saisons. Drank the entire bottle in about an hour-and-a-half!
Aquilo (616) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy honey golden with a big white head. Aroma of melon, lemon and spice. The flavor is mild, but has a nice complexity. Has a tartness like sourdough bread, perhaps lime as well. Some more mellon and banana. Very astringent aftertaste, with cinnamon and cardamom. Mouthfeel is light and airy. A very pleasant brew overall.
Nephilium (1663) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint aroma, touch of herbs and barnyard. Pours a clear light amber with a huge head. Highly visible carbonation. Slightly sweet flavor, not much spice. Alcohol not noticeable. Drinkable once you get through the giant head.
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious and well made American saison. I admit I am usually skeptical about Americans attempting this style, but this rivals any that I’ve had. Aroma of wet blanket, lemon and yeast. Pour was a beautiful murky gold with a huge 3 finger white head. Taste was nice and spicy. Lemon, yeast and funky dust in the front with a semi sweet light fruit finish. Extreme carbonation in this one. It bites the cheeks and tongue as soon as you take a sip which I love. Great saison.
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer pours a pale yellow. The head is a light white; the lacing is good but only hangs around a short time. Front taste of the beer is a light citrus mixed with yeast. The tale of the beer is the classic saison flavor. But I found this beer completely under welling
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big cork pop. Giant delicate head. Dark gold. Aroma rushes from the bottle. Notes of melon, grapefruit and hops. Weird flavour mix. Like a Belgian pineapple IPA. Grapefruit finish. Not as funky but a mouthful of flavour. Depth and funkiness increase through the bottle.
GJF (1499) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft in the taproom. Pours a murky light yellow with a big white head. This is a solid saison, with a delicate spiciness to it. Slightly thin but good.
BREWMUSKCLES (2538) - New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
typical, but muted belgian type aroma spiced as a familiar to the style would expect.this beer becomes more fragrant when seen. beautiful looking brew, hazy yellow with a high rising but thinnish head. colors like a lemon meringue pie. first taste says oh well there it is. a few minutes left to breathe reveals a complex yeasty brew with a combination of mildly sweet fruits and in there a malty vegetable hint that is marvelously balanced and simply delightful. smooth and satisfyingly carbonated with fine palate, all that and a bitter and hoppy foamy head added in for the clincher......do not miss.