notalush (5671) - 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 didnít mesh well overall and wasnít very representative of the saisons that i have enjoyed in the past.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gorgeous enthusiastic white foamy sudsy head with lots of spotchy lace left behind. Hazy goldenrod color. Smells of musty goodness. A little grassy in a good way. Aromatic and farmy. Bursty big mouthfeel. Surprisingly spicy, bitter, and dry as hell.
Oakes (14963) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy beige. Dusty character. Hint of burnt match in the nose. Spicy-peppery notes, and fennel. Malts are crackerlike and slightly baguettey. Some lemony aromatic accents. Still a "saison" whose only farmhouse character is overt dustiness.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pous translucent gold with a big white head with large bubbles. Spicy, doughy aroma with a fitting underlying earthiness. Flavor begins honey-sweet the quickly turns refreshingly tart. A spice hop character dominates the finish. Three excellent flavors when considered individually; thereís something lacking in the combination. That is, of course, when compared to the Duponts and Pipaix of the world. Good stuff, and definitely worth a shot.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone, san Diego. Pours a clouded orangish gold color. Some spiciness, sweet honey flavor. Didnt get much as the saison spiciness & funk as sweetness seemed to dominate. Rather tasty offering though. Enjoyable
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served to my Big-Ass Triple Karmeliet glass, busy, crystalline foam fills half the glass and aroma wafts out into the atmosphere...hazy straw orange color, looks the part for the style, and quite lovely.
Aroma is big and expressive, citrus and spice, flowery and flush with Belgian funk. Not so sour, but definitely wild and spraying out lemon, pepper, and plenty of things I canít name. Like it lots.
Label says "tropical fruit"...I can imagine banana, pineapple, coconut...well, letís not go crazy...
Fine and mellow on the tastebuds, smooth and easy drinking. Light bodied. Citrus and spice lingers gingerly on the palate (no pun intended), then softly fades away. A good food beer. Me, Iím having it with spaghetti and meatballs, because Iím such a rarified epicurean.
Zesty stuff. but a mite bit too watery to really beg comparison to the fine farmhouse ales of Flanders. Close, and an admirable effort.
Nice work, North
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labeled as Le Merle. Corked bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a cloudy amber/orange colour. Big fluffy white head, great carbonation and sticky lacing. Aroma was sweet perfume and yeast. Flavour was very well balanced with sweet, tart sourness and warm alcohol. nice saison.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber and cloudy with a sustained rocky white head. Smells of perfume, dry malt, coriander, some bananas and honey. Tastes of dry malt with some ginger and bananas. Mouthfeel is full and peppery with a finish that yields some citrus. More of a hefe-wit than a saison, but enjoyable.