muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (Oct 2005). Very clear, shiny golden body capped by an abundant frothy, stable cap...fairly sweet aroma of honeysuckle and light biscuity yeast, a faint glimmer of grassy hops...body also sweet at first, but mineral bitterness and some rustic funk do show up fairly quickly, acidic limes and sour apples heat up the palate late, and juicy sweet orange leavens the otherwise harsh finish...certainly improves a bit on the tongue and as I make my way through the bottle, but not a terribly amazing saison, or North Coast product.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wheat-Gold pour with a off white head. This had an earthy nose but the taste is a rather off-putting wheat-lemon i wasnt really expecting. I was expecting more of natural spices and pepper and perhaps more floral hints.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus aroma, a little musty, earthy. Pours a hazy yellow. Great saison flavor, some spice, dry, bitter, crisp hop finish. Very carbonated on palate.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a carbonated hazy pale yellow, sporting a frothy white head. Aroma of CO2, hay, light caramel malt, banana. Spritzy on the palate. Spicy, peppery flavor with some resnious hops mixed in. Nice creamy body. Finishes clean and hoppy with some bitterness. Good Americanized version of the style.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Bottle… Cloudy, golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Great retention. The earthy, fruity aroma has notes of under ripe banana, oak, citrus fruit and very light smoke. Spicy, earthy flavor. Moderately bitter and lightly tart. Full-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Finishes tangy, bitter and bone dry. Thanks go out to growler for sharing!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle, corked & caged: hazed yellow-gold with a fluffy white head that falls into a thin film and collects in patches...mushy bananas, floral hop cones, lemon dusted biscuits, and barnyard like must combine in an intriguing and interesting aroma. Soft mouth feel with a spicy carbonation that carries clove laced banana flavours throughout the mouth. Bitter lemon zest finish that covers the more subtle fruity elements, toasted grain and dusty yeast. Enough funky and crazy stuff to hold its own against the better than average Saisons, but not among the best…
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Bottle. Very nice hazy golden body with a wispy film of bubbles. Very attractive in that "Belgian farmhouse" kinda way, if you know what I mean. Nose-YEASTY! The nose screams coriander and yeast. Taste-soft almost to the point of being soapy, a bitterness that seems to come not from hops but spices and oils (like the bitterness of citric zest), heather, lavender, chamomile, coriander, pepper, grapefruit, bread dough, raw yeast. Very lingering sharpness. Makes me think of green leafy vegetables for some reason. Not bad and very true to style, but it leaves me feeling empty and wanting.
Bottle. Body-hazy unfiltered dark yellow/light orange body with a very thick foamy light beige head. Nose-light clean Saison, lime, grains f paradise, pear, very thick dust,/library, medium menthol, strawberry, salt, ugli fruit, lively nice CO2, grape, medium warm alcohol, very light white spices, lychee, untart lemonade, good acid level, good CO2 level, very good Belgian yeast flavors-very clean with no of flavors. A very mild, very simple Saison.
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fits Saison style, distinctive North Coast hop signature, not overly complex or rounded in the malt profile but easy drinking with ample yeast seditment-pour carefully. nice entry into segment from American Micro Brewer paired with Whole Foods. well done!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty golden/orange with a medium white head. Aroma of clove, yeast and noble hops. Flavor has notes of clove, banana, yeast, white wine, spice, sweet malt, honey and pepper. Has ample hop bitterness on the back end. Didn’t detect any funky brett/barnyard qualities. Medium bodied with extremely lively carbonation. Pretty solid.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Cloudy lemon yellow body topped by a healthy white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, lemon, some Noble hops, pepper. Taste is mild sweet, herbal, lemon peel, some Noble hops, pepper, some tart. Medium body, some duskiness, light acidity, quite drinkable. My opinion grows as I drink more of the bottle.