DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cL bottle. Cloudy, golden color with fairly nice head. Beautiful yeasty, phenolic aroma with a touch of bubblegum. The flavor is nicely balanced with some sweetness but quite a surprising amount of bitterness. Medium body and some alcohol with the fruitiness. Delicious!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smelled like banana, spice and cheese, very odd mix. Tasted like a strong hefe, with a bitter aftertaste. Very unique and pretty good overall, butthe aroma was a little overpowering.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is strange, spicy, and yeasty with some fruit. The flavor is strangely sour and cheesy with hints of fruit. Lots of yeast in the flavor as well. Hoppier than most saisons. Good stuff.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle from - you guessed it - Whole Foods! Pours hazy peach color with a large foamy white head. Aroma is fruity malts, some peach and apricot, with lots of spicy yeast notes, a bit of breadiness and flowers. Flavor is crisp, with unripe fruits, toasty bread, citrus, hints of vinegar and spice. Medium body and creamy, smooth carbonation. Enjoyable and respectable saison from North Coast and Whole Foods.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle from Whole foods. 7.3% ABV. Clear golden yellow hued having average white rocky head with fair lacing. Aroma of spice, fruity esters and butter. Medium bodied that starts with dry, sharp, fruity flavor and finishes dry quickly with some bitterness. A good dry drinkable Belgium style ale, almost like champagne. The buttery component of the aroma was a bit of a turnoff.
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful orange peel nose. Fluffy sustained head. Lots of soft fizziness, very round feeling in the mouth. Lacks the sweetness that I find in most American Saiaons- if you blindfolded me, I would swear this was European. The best American example of the style ever!!
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 (500ml bottle, labeled Whole Foods Silver Jubilee) Pours a cloudy maize body with a moderate white head. Bouquet of malt, citrus, barnyard, vegetables, and earthiness. Flavor of spicy yeast, orange, lemon, and wheat with a dry finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden body with a fluffy, rocky white head. Cool aroma of whole grains, dry biscuits, lemon zest, cobwebs, earthy, noble hops, fresh vegetation, orange juice, cookies and crisp bitterness. The body is soft, with constant, supple effervescence tickling the tongue. An interesting flavor profile that sees strong bitterness, some metalic elements and very light malt sweetness and the back of the throat. A fair amount of fruity esters come out in the flavor that weren’t there in the nose. While not on the level of Dupont, it obviously wants to approach that type of Saison style beer. Good bitterness, fruity esters and spicy yeast character, and a dry finish. I’m not sure if time spent drying this out would take it up too much higher, but it’s still pretty damn tasty.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like a sour wine upon opening. Hints of orange, alcohol, and the overall feeling of lemon pie. There is some alcohol present but it does not overpower. A decent beer.
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 there’s a little spice there, so maybe it’s justified.