Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75 l bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007. Hazy straw color with thick persistent head. Grainy and spicy aroma with notes of pepper, cumin, thyme, vanilla and lemon. Grapefruit, lemon, pepper, clove and some grainy notes in the flavor. Fairly full bodied oily palate. Nice long spicy finish. Very tasty, good tropical fruit character.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Sweaty citrus, some burnt match sulfur, lemon and lime aromas. Opaque yellow tan coloured body is topped by a generous and lasting, fine bubbled, white head that leaves patchwork lacing. Peach and apricot fruitiness with a pastry dough like malt character, dusty Belgian yeast and moderate bitterness. Sulfur is notable in the aftertaste. Medium body with soft bubbled creamy smooth texture. Bottle sampled with Beershine and Oakes. Resampled at a tasting in Dec-07 and then again in Jun-08 and bumped up flavour and aroma by a point, overall by two points.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice, translucent golden orange with a picturesque white rocky head. Gentle spices, woodsy yeast, and a faint orange backing on the nose. Vibrant flavors of lemon zest, golden raisin, champagne, and honey with a really complex, lingering, dry finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: Superb farmhouse Saison for the Dupont/Fantôme/etc lovers.
How: Mtl crew pre-Xmas 2007 tasting session. Comparative tasting of former incarnation (Silver Jubilee) and current incarnation (Le Merle)
The look: Partly cloudy golden-blonde body with a medium white head
In long: Nose is superbly wild barnyard Saison. I really dig that type of aroma. Lots of biscuits in a yeasty potion. Tart fruity notes of grapefruits with light bananas in the background. Walking in a farm while eating a fresh cookie after drinking a grapefruit juice. Lively carbonation. Drinkable in very large quantity. The new incarnation (Le Merle) was a bit more fruity/acidic while the former incarnation (Silver Jubilee) was a bit wilder/funkier. But that may just be the age difference. Both were wonderful. The original North Coast plan called for the Silver Jubilee to be a one-time beer and the PanQster to be year-round beer. Now part of the mistake is fixed.
OldMrCrow (2318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 2005 bottle with the Silver Jubilee label, tasted after 2+ years in the cellar.
Pours a rich yellow with a large foamy white head. Lovely saison aroma: lemon and hay, spicy pepper. The flavor follows, dominated by lemon and spicy yeast rather than funk and dust. This is splendidly drinkable, remarkably crafted American saison. It loses a few points relative to the best Belgian saisons for the lack of dusty farmhouse complexity, but it is all around solid and a great pleasure to drink. It might also be uncommonly accessible to one who is new to the style, but I’ll have to try that experiment to answer for sure. In any case, it’s really nice to have saisons of this quality being crafted in the US these days. 8/4/8/4/15=3.9.
8/09/08. Fresh bottle labelled as Le Merle. Compared to the previous experience, this one is a disappointment. Too much banana and spice, neither the funk nor dusty fields that one would desire. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5. I’ll average the ratings.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy yellow with thick white head. Taste is spicy and peppery. Dry aftertaste. Decent beer but not my favorite style.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very cloudy gold, with a big lasting head that leaves lace all the way through the glass. Aroma is that of yeast, some musty notes, and a bit spicy, with some hints of candied citrus peel. Flavor is spicy, phenolic and yeasty, with some dryness that follows through to the finish. The body seems a little big for the style, but the finish is dry and short.
notalush (5642) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy golden beer, almost hefeweizen-looking, with lively carbonation, and a soapy, short-lived head - quite an authentic aroma - usually american-made saisons come across smelling like slightly spiced IPAs, but this has a wonderful mixture and european hops, light coriander, notes of orange peel and citrus pulp, some grainy notes, and very faint earthy, rustic mustiness - effervescent and lively in the mouth - moderately tart, with notes of dried, unsweetened fruit (mango, pineapple) - lightly peppery, and quite dry, with a bitterness combining with the dry character, and a mild mineral quality to make the mouth pucker up in an unusual fashion - a bit of cobweb and cracked, dried grains - a bit too dry and lacking a certain level of complexity, but a decent american-made saison.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Faintly hazy light gold with a decent white head and lace. Aroma has some citrusy character, a bit of spice, and a distant funkiness. Clean, medium body and well carbonated, a pleasant mouthfeel. Starts off with honey sweetness, followed by a very light acidity and a sourness that is barely detectable. Finishes clean and softly dry.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle.....pours a semi trasparent golden orange brown. white head.....aromas of grass and lemony citrus notes coinciding with some pepper.....a very yeasty and full mouthfeel is the first thing i notice. a pretty high level of honey sweetness. carbonation level is high. some lemon, some biscuit/bread that exemplify more hefe than saison.....a strange amalagamation of flavors that didn’t mesh well overall and wasn’t very representative of the saisons that i have enjoyed in the past.