hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 At Hops in Humboldt 2007 this was a cloudy orange with a fat white head and good lacing. Nose is all over the place with orange and grapefruit, peaches, pears, and apricots, and floral hops. A feast for the nose. Mouthfeel creamy and rich. Flavors are like the nose except there are some spices, and the finish is long and slightly sour. Exceptional; beer. Followed by a bottle this proved to be just as good.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1200. This beer is very underrated in my opinion. Pours hazy amber with a fizzy off-white head. The aroma is grainy with wild funky yeast, white grapes, peppery hops, pineapple, passion fruit and papaya. Medium crisp body with graininess and a good amount of crisp carbonation that helps the flavor instead of hindering. The flavors start with sharp funky flavors from the yeast along with the fruit from the aroma. There is also fairly rich malt that is somewhat detectable and gives body, but the funkiness covers most of the malt presence. The finish has a nice hop bite with complex spiciness. Big wild yeast characters are spotlighted as well. Thumbs up for this very well done saison. It is a great American interpretation of the style. A fine choice for this milestone beer.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma of citrus and spice. Flavor was of citrus and had a light spicy finish. Refreshing and light tasting. Hid the 7% well.
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orange in colour, long lasting creamy white coloured head, good retention, great lacing. The aroma is of citrus, lots of yeast upfront, light spice, pepper, lemons, floral. The flavour is rather creamy, lots of yeast, some lemon zest, some orange, pepper spice, moderate sweetness. Creamy full bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes lingering, bitter, creamy, some light alcohol. Pretty good, its a light saison for sure. Doesn’t have the funky punch one would hope for but it did start to grow on me after a bit.
500ml bottle shared by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>mds, thanks Mike.
Opened on March 16, 2007.
pineypower (2547) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a golden/straw color with a good rocky off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops and slight grassy notes. High carbonation. Taste is complex and refreshing. Citrus, grass, slight pepper with a dry finish. Very nice beer, surprised to find this in a local store.
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle. Orange golden color. Huge, foamy, frothy, head. Aroma of tree fruits (orange, apple, pear), straw / hay, and barn. Flavors of straw, hay, wheat, light malts. Medium bodied. Wonderful champagne-like mouthfeel. This beer is lots of fun. Pairs wonderfully with grilled (Whole Foods Organic) chicken.
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big fruity nose. Wit-ty sometimes, lemon, berry, shortbread aroma. Cloudy, tripel colored, big white head. Pretentious bottle with a boring label. Sour fruit, lemonpeel, moderate sweetness, light diacetyl. Highly carbonated. Nice crisp break going into the finish. Frothy mouthfeel over an underlying medium body. Citric on the lips, medium tart finish.
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange color. Minuscule head. Smells like sugar coated oats and wheat. Lemon, grass, citrus, and sugar taste. Moderately smooth and quite dry. A bit bubbly. Nicely decent.
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 500ml bottle, a nice golden pour, some haze in the gold, with white bubbles that keep its cover on the beer, sweet with peach, pear, faint banana, pale and pilsner malt aromas rising from this brew, sweet and a good amount of pilsner malt flavors, fruit citrus and faint pepper tastes, medium hop bite on the palate, vanilla flavor plays into the sweetness as it warms, I found this heavier on the palate then other Saisons I have sampled, there is a good amount of carbonation in the mouth but the mouth feel is a little fuller then I expected, a Saison should be light and refreshing, maybe the aging has change the palate some?
At the same time, I really enjoyed this beer, I would definitely buy this again, bought at half price because Whole Foods was moving them off the shelves because of the age, apparently, they stored the bottle well, very nice!
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!). Poured a medium and intially clear, but clouded up towards the bottom of the bottle, golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus/lemons, peppery, light yeast, bready and somewhat fruity. Tastes of pepper, citrus/lemons, fruity (apples and some other sweet fruits) and a touch of yeast.