JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 This strange beer starts good enough with a funky barnyard aroma. The flavor doesn’t stand up however, as it is almost all lemongrass with light citrus. Gold color. On the rerate, the lemongrass is gone, but replaced by a sour flavor. score raised a few points.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - FEB 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head. Smells tart, fruity, and funky. Tastes about the same - refreshingly sour, estery (bananas?), spices, and tartness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saison, my fanny. OK, looks and smells like a saison, at least. Hazy brilliant light gold. Nose funky, some manure/barnyard. Flavor is cidery, sour and dry, with something vaguely cheesy. Not really any yeast or herbal, just doesn’t taste like a saison to me. That being said, it’s not all bad.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a cloudy, yellow body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet yet bitter with a clovey spice note and yeasty notes. Light to medium bodied, dry and crisp.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemony aroma presents itself even before I can take in its appearance. Milky golden appearance with a lively fizzy head. More citrus in the taste with peppery notes and a bit of a souring effect.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grains of paradise, earthy hop, pepper, as well as hints of tropical fruit in the nose. Light golden body with a small head of white bubbles. Vinous (sauvignon blanc) type malt flavor initially, with lemon rind and tropical fruit like flavors. Fairly hoppy as well, with an herbaceous, weedy like finish. Pretty tasty Saison, considering it’s from the USA.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours a clear, medium gold color with a small, light gold, frothy, mostly diminishing head with a couple tidy trails of carbonation slowly plodding through to the top. The aroma is heavily malty with toasted grain (and slightly husky); Moderately hoppy with notes of herbs, lemon/citrus, chamomile and clean, dry straw; Heavily yeasty with notes of fresh bread and cellar; Miscellaneous esters of moderate strawberry, trace banana and honey and heavy, dry spice. The flavor is moderately bitter and lightly sweet with a long, moderately alcoholic, lightly bitter finish. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. There’s a moderately alcoholic feel to the finish, too. Definitely not as complex and earthy as some of the other Saisons I’ve had this far, but it’s not bad.
luvcasks (178) - USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 Ml Corked and wire-caged bottle - Whole Foods Campbell CA
Appearance: Cloudy, Golden with hints of
orange in it. Pours with a gigantic near white rocky head which soon settles into some lace on the beer
Aroma: Yeasty (wild) with some mild grassy hop nose
Flavor: Starts with malty sweetness, followed by delicious sourness balanced by some bit of hops which finishes on the malty side. The flavor does not seem to match the wild yeast character the aroma hints at.
Palate: Finishes with a wonderful lingering sourness and some of the funky yeasty flavors which get better as the beer wams up.
Overall: A very delicious saison amongst the few Saison offerings. For me it seems that it finishes sweeter than Saison du Pont...
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - corked and caged. Courtesy of hopdog! Pours a rich, cloudy gold with a fluffy, effervescent, white head. Nose is Yeasty and floral with a nice bit of dried fruits and grains. Light spices as well. Belgian yeast, banana, light coconut, bit of barnyard, flowery hops, light cardomom, candied orange, and wheat. Taste is very yeasty and cobwebby as well. Lots of Belgian yeast notes, light spicy hops, fresh flowers, light tangerine, bit of barnyard, and grains. Like a saison split with a witbier, almost. Very good, though! Body is light and very bubbly. Dryness in spots as well. Finishes with lots more Belgian yeast notes, flowery hops, spices, and grains. Light tangerine, candied orange, cardomom, fresh flowers and wheat. Very nice stuff!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sharp, citrric, fruity and mildly funky. Rich yellow/orange in color with a firm thumb thick white head. Fore is very citrusy with strong bannana and yeast flavors following and it finishes fruity/bitter like grapefruit rind. I rather like this attempt at a Saison even though at times it almost has a Hefeweisee feel to it.