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.
jrob21 (2351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale orange color with a nice white head. Reminds me of a belgian tripel. Spicy citrusy nose. Hoppy taste and finish.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale with a small white head. Crisp and refreshing. A good mixture of hops and fruit. Highly carbonated.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp musty, yeasty aroma. Clear pale golden color with a frothy white head. Flavor starts with a sharp peppery bite on the tongue followed by green apple and pear, a hint of mint leaf with a dry tart finish. Medium body and spritzy carbonation.
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pale ale poured with a lacy white head, eliciting a musty fruity aroma. The flavor is hearty and malty with a bitter finish.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy golden color with yeast obviously present. Foamy white head. that lasts until the beer is gone. A hoppy, citrus, bubble gum flavor. Perfect amount of carbonation. This is an excellent beer made with a first rate bottle.
5000 (6027) - 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 (5362) - 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.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/>Whole Foods Market, Willowbrook, IL<font size=-1>
Nuffield (3636) - 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.