5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Milky pale yellow, large frothy white head, fairly nice lacing. Barnish nose, also somewhat like an old ladies perm solution, pale fruit, slight bouguet. Not as floral or spicy as other saisons. Flavor is quite bready actually, pale, but bready. Slightly tart, but not spritzy like most Belgian examples. &nbps A little bit of apple skin on the exit. Not bad, but not my idea of a saison. Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but not that far off from being a bit bigger. Less bready, more spritzy, and more floral/spicy and they have got it.
Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting aroma in this hazy yellow ale, floral hops topping a heapful of yeast and splash of pineapple juice. It fills the mouth with a softly carbonated, peppery feeling. The flavor reveals some light malt, a hop bitterness, yeast, a citric tartness, and some soothing spices. Kind of funky in an enjoyable way. I’ll be having some more.
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Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 I like this 500 ml bottle--big enough that I don’t mind if my wife has some from the bottle, but since she never drinks that much, small enough that it isn’t too much (as it is with 750 ml, esp. of beers bigger than this). Hazy with a lovely orange-pineapple juice color, some irregular white head. Lovely aroma of orange, mint, bubblegum, yeast, alcohol, pear, honey, fruit blossoms, oregano, pepper, and vinyl. Good flavor, having a sweet touch but a robust mix of dry flavors; lemon, coriander, apple cider, yeast, orange, and chewing gum. Good palate, keeping some carbonation for life but also having an adequate body, not falling limp. Extremely drinkable, vigorous in flavor without alcohol to excess (but enough to round everything out and propel it). I don’t care what everyone else says, this is an extremely good beer in my book. 9-5-8-4-18, 4.4 // Re-rate, January 2008. Good spice, well rounded, overwhelms the orchid and light banana notes. Slightly sour edge. Yellow haze from the bottom of the bottle. Bitter finish, coconut burp. Decent. 7-4-8-3-15, 3.7 on a smaller sample.
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 (2303) - 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 (8465) - 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.