jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
slightly bigger-than-average bottle with cork and cap (which was firmly lodged in the bottle). medium to slightly-darker-than-straw gold color with a huge white head that sticks to everything it touches. pleasant aroma of pale malt, funky yeast, and grassy grainy hops. although i know that North Coast is a relatively large microbrewery, this beer is well-executed in that i can picture it being brewed, and iin that picture thereís nothing approaching commercial or industrial! feels a little artificially spiced, as if salt and pepper had been added to it to make up for absent flavor. light and fresh and showing no signs of the 7.3% alcohol, i believe this beer would be exquisite with many foods. on its own itís only ígoodí but i wonder what it would taste like with roast turkey, pasta, mildly spiced asian food.... iíll buy more for thanksgiving dinner!<!-- br --> itís obviously no dupont or fantome, but this beer does manage to hold its own.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a very rapidly carbonated hazy golden straw body with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma has a dry yeasty saaz hop-esque quality. I donít really care for it. The flavor is spicy, peppery, minerally, strange fruitiness. The palate is extremely velvety. The flavor and palate make up for the aroma.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy straw colored w/ a fairly tall white head. aroma is a bit grainy some almost stale yeasts and hints of bread. Light fluffy palate. Flavor is well spiced a good belgian yeast some light hopping in the finish. Decent little beer.
SDalkoholic (2223) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing and opaque yellow with orange tint. Fluffy white pillow of head looking similar to a cloud. Also, towards the end of the bottle white clumps of protein have started to develop. A full aroma of true authentic Belgian yeast in affect that shows character of banana and spices. The flavor has the same to say about it with more spice to be found and only a dash of pepper. Has a minor flavor of a citrus style cologne or perfume that gives this saison a bit more of a edge. Carbonation is perfect with consistent CO(2) level and a fine texture that is if this was passed through a filter. A fair beer but for a 25th anniversary a little to tame.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light orange pour. Aroma of brett, fruits, yeast and noble hops. Good flavor of brett, fruits, yeast, hops and herbs. The palate is medium and creamy with soft carbonation. A very nicely done saison, feels very authentic.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Pours light golden and hazy with a mostly receding white head. Aroma is wildflowers, banana, honey, sweet doughy yeast, chamomile, and citrus. Taste is lightly sweet, notes of honey, pepper, bubble gum, and herbs. Medium bodied with foamy carbonation. Pretty tasty beer, originally rated a 3.1 as the "Whole Foods Silver Jubilee".
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botled. Gold beer with excitable large white head on gentle pour. Coriander salt spice funk stereotyp aroma, but Iíve had a break from these sort of beers and itís welcome, natural, and "whole." The beer has plenty of coriander, a touch of brown sugar, some other seeds/spices/pine needles. Sharp immediate flavor with a residual honey sweetness and hop bitterness. Longer finish. Modest gravity. Pleasant.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Semi-translucent and bold, bright and lucid yellow in color with a sudsy white laundry foam-like head. Aroma riles with coriander. Lemon meets banana meringue, caramelized wheat stalks and burlap grain feed bags. Itís got authenticity. Big time saison candy sweetness moves in for flavor. Hints of souring lemons are trumped by effervescence and key lime pie, with that sweetened graham crust flavor playing out most prevalently. Rustic, aged coriander and paradise seeds have a sweetened sorghum sense. Effervescence is nearly punishing, and when it drops, the sweetness barrages in its stead, throwing balance out the window. Sweet, liquidated rock candi, licked like lollypops, moves into the finish, while bakers flour and coriander hide in the candy shellís cracks.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, sampled at the heavyweight final open house. cloudy pale yellow color, light tan head. sour aroma. flavor is tart and spicy sweet malt, and a little yeasty. finish is also spicy.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of yeast, wheat and horsey. Lemon pour turns into a golden yellow body which is slightly rocky and ends up becoming a soft, white color. Flavors are of wheat and barnyard (more barnyard once beer warms). Some citrus. Finish is slightly lingering.