bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from whole foods. Worth noting that this is brewed by the North Coast Brewing Company. Aroma is grainy, malty, with some mild earthy spiciness and plenty of belgian yeast character. Golden color, medium white head that sticks around. Medium body, and a malty flavor that ends in a suprisingly hoppy finish. Feels like a belgian blond more than a farmhouse, but I guess thereís a little spice there, so maybe itís justified.
PorterPounder (5097) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whole Foods, Sandy Springs, Ga. - 500 ml bottle. Pours a murky, yet bright colored orangeish-yellow - looks like a candle - with a thin, sticky white head that leaves good lacing. Crisp clean sweet aroma - hints of bubble gum - the flat kind that you get in baseball cards; hints of lemon as well. Spritzy flavor, with hints of grapefruit and lemon. A crisp spiciness overrides it all - canít quite put my finger on which particular one - grains of paradise perhaps. Spritzy, yet thick mouthfeel, feels good. Overall, one of the best Saisons I have had.
Kevin (2023) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fly was kind enough to share this with me, thanks. cloudy dark yellow and a nice white head. smells like vanilla and a junkyard in the rain. taste is very yeasty with a lime metallic flavor and some green apple. citrus pops up throughout this. lingering sour like pickles.
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle. Hazy pale-orange pour with a HUGE, fizzy off-white head. Wheaty and yeasty aroma with some bananas, oranges and cloves. A little musty. The carbonation is just a bit too high and detracts a little from the taste. Still, thereís a really refreshing crispness. Tangy orange peel and lemon body with a grassy and straw-like slightly bitter, dry finish. Doughy tastes throughout. Orange rinds in the finish as well.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy orange with frothy, lacy head. smells of citrus, spice, and straw-like grassy, and slightly bubblegummy farmhouse yeastiness. Yeast mixes with orange-like citrus with straw, grass, and earthy, rustic farmhouse character which is quite pleasant from an american brewery.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent interpretation of the style from a Texanís perspective. I mean, I know a little bit about barnyards. Twas consumed prior to a couple of other massive beers and pollen and mold have taken their toll,but still recall much enjoyment. Have another that Iíll sample and fill in more details.
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was surprised to find this beer on the shelf. Cork shot 20 feet! Great carbonation with hazy golden color and nice white head. Mild tropical fruit and earthy hop aroma. Nice mouthfeel - zesty with fruity malts balance with dry snappy hops. Everyone at the table liked this beer. I think it is a solid offering from North Coast!
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml corked bottle caught my eye while shopping at whole foods. I would have been beter off which the saison dupont which is rare in this area. Not bad but to much fruit flavor with nothing to balance it with.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice packaging, Iím a big fan of the 500ml corked bottle, somewhat of a rareity for a beer bottle. There was no pop when I opened the cork which was an early indication that the beer would be flat and it was. An ever so thin head lingered on the side of the glass. The color is a hazy light orange. A slightly fruity aroma hints that the flavor will be that of a Farmhouse ale. For the style I found it to be slightly overly malty and bitter, perhaps a bit more age in the bottle will help.
Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma reminds me of a cross between a light Orval and a geuze. So, I guess the yeast is Brettanomyces. Thankfully, the flavor wasnít overwhelming with this yeast flavor. Having said that, this is still a pretty good Saison. But for $6.99, this is a rip off. For $1 more, Iíd happily upgrade to Saison Dupont. Especially for a 750ml(25.4oz) compared to a 16.9oz Silver Jubilation