rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body is glowing gold, lots of pretty rising carbonation. Big puffy white head with nice lacing. Nose is yeasty lemon & clay, some pepperiness, a bit of apple skin, some warmer fruits too - peach, apricot. Flavor is alot of yeasty fruit, nice dryness resulting from the pepperiness. Unrefined fruit zest bitterness. Lacks some sort of depth - I think the problem is that the spice is too forward and there is no malt to balance it.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a straw golden color with a large foamy white head. Aroma is spicy, with some clove and belgian yeast. Taste is spicy, yeasty, and a bit of citrus. Reminds me a lot of a Tripel than a Saison. It lacks some of the funkiness that is common in a Saison. Decent but I donít feel it defines the style well enough.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden body with a thick and dense head. The aroma is earthy with some mushrooms and flowers. Nice and sweet. The taste has some sweet carrots and apples. A fair amount of cinnamon spice goes into this one. Itís like chewing into the crust of a nice sweet pumpkin bread. Lots of carbonation. This is an enjoyable experince.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 375ml of Silver Jubilee from Whole Foods, Raleigh. A light hazy yellow with a billowy Duvel-style head. This one had all kinds of peppery notes in the nose, with just a hint of funk. It tasted exceedingly dry, almost champagne-like, with a bit of tartness and yeastiness in the middle. Not overly complex to me, or necessarily even top-drawer. But certainly enjoyable and worth sampling again.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a delight! This beer poured a golden copper body with a small yet fluffy white head. Nutty, yeasty, floral nose. Complex esters of tropical fruits and spices. Great PNW hops presence. Another fine example of an American brewery doing Belgian-style.
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Network Difficulties - Please Standby ... Pours a slight hazy golden orange .. light fluffy head, lacing a bit low for a saison ... funked up honey smell ... light and tangy, some nice bitterness, lower sweetness ... in an umbrella: is a well made American saison that is enjoyable and goes down smooth with lots of refreshing qualities! ... drank while enjoying a blank screen then the Dynamo in the CONCACAF semiís 2008!!!
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy dirty orange color with big bubbly head that sticks.
Spicy grassy hops, lemon zest, bready malts, hay and a slight sour funkiness all come out in the nose.
Crisp carbonation keeps it light and effervescent. Good bit of acidity.
Sweet bread and hay flavors balanced by the aggressive carbonation (which immediately foams in the mouth) and a good dose of lemony acidity. Somewhat dry bitter finish.
This is no little knock-off Saison, this is the real deal with nice acidity and even a mild funk. Would like to see how this ages.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Funkier than any other American made Saison that Iíve had. Good. Hazy Golden with a big fluffy head. Funky sourness with an earthy, fruity and yeasty aroma. Above Average.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 split two ways via Dan. Hazy golden in color with a nice big lasting head. Aroma of lemon zest, earthy hops, plenty of musty yeast, light orange and spice. Taste is light to medium bodied with some light honey sweetness and lemon zest, some grassy hops, spice, and a good amount of belgian yeast. This was a pretty good saison!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is hazed deep golden with a big bubbled sticky white head...smell is super yeasty and some barnyard with hints of citrus...taste is faintly sweet with some citrus undertones...lots of yeasty flavor...super lively carbonation...one of the best examples of an american saison from a larger american brewery...