sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Dully yellow and hazy. Spotted white head. Grass, grapefruit, apples, bananas, cinnamon, and slight clove. Body is nice and smooth. Floral flavors, mixed in with a bitter hop flavor and apples and champaign. Lively and tart. Good example, but not great.
BillKismet (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-bronze body with a foamy, air-pocketed head. Airy, yeasty aroma w. perhaps a hint of citrus. Mildly yeasty flavor. More of a golden belgian ale than a saison.
demitriustown (1033) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather opeque orange with a rocky white head. Aroma of dried fruit: orange maybe some lemon. Taste is nicly mellow that includes sweet fruit and sour/tart cirtus fruit with a bit of acidity. Palate is quite bitter yet refreshing. My first Saison I think it’s decent. I’d buy it again.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky yellow with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and citrusy. Some tart fruit as well. Flavor is citrusy and fruity. Tart and acidic. Dry with a little bitterness on the finish.
asheft (2441) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, light orange with rocky, white foam and excellent lacing. Aroma: musty, woody cherry, a little horseblanket, dry and sour, noble hops. Excellent malty flavour with plenty of noble hops and a dry, woody bitterness mingling with yeast and a touch of horseblanket. Not as dry as some, but perfectly well balanced with only a hint of alcohol flavour. A little warming, light bodied, pleny of carbonation, clean finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Rerate of new Le Merle bottling: Aroma of bready sweet pale Belgian malt and doughy yeast with a touch of grassy hops. Body follows suit with a good doughy yeasty presence and sweet biscuity pale malt. A nice Saison.
Sampled as Whole Foods 25th Anniversary: Bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a hazy golden with a thick frothy off-white head. Floral citrus hoppy aroma has some yeasty funk to it. Body starts with a faint caramel sweetness balanced with a ton of dry, earthy and tart yeastiness. Puckering finish is just very dry, not necessarily sour. This might need some time to mellow out, but it has got to be the driest beer I remember trying.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cary, NC. Hazy straw pour with 1-finger, fizzy white head. The aroma is citric yet funky, and not horseblanket funky. I also noted malty fruits, hops, clove, black pepper, and a perfumy oaky smell. The flavor is citric, bready malty, with some spicy dryness and slight apricot elements. Gets even drier as it warms, with a huge lemony grassy citrus. This one isn’t bad, but compared to the stellar lineup of saisons and Belgian strong ales I’ve had in the last two weeks, it doesn’t quite make my elite list.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy straw golden color with a nice white head and good lacing. Yeasty phenol sweetness with a notes of bubblegum and spice nicely balanced by a earthy bitterness. Fruity and drinkable beer.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Columbus WFM. Clear golden color with tiny rising bubbles and a thick, frothy white head. Thin and sticky lacing. Aroma of floral hops and yeast. Light-bodied and more bitter than most of the Saisons I have tried to date. Yeast, hops and tart fruit flavors are mingled together. The finish is citrus hops and more yeast. Drinkable, if a little underwhelming.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle (re-rate as Le Merle). Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lighlty hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, white pepper, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Pretty much identical to the WF Silver Jubilee, the comments for which were: Just a bit too much on the sweet side, and the lemon zest is almost overbearing, but it’s a nice enough rendition that is closer to a "real" saison than most banana-laden American attempts.