TAR (2446) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull gold. Soapy collar of foam surrounds a fine layer of cream. White pepper esters and fruity yeast bombard the nose. Lightly herbal and musty. Sandy and silky carbonation. Initial sip bursts with sweet orange peels and a succulent bite of passion fruit and floral hops. Spicy yeast esters tighten their grip at the back of the tongue and generate hints of salt and white pepper. Quenching splash of sweet orange peel-derived acidity is softened by a light dose of candy sugar and a fresh hay flavored malt cushion. The substantial sweetness is thankfully short-lived due to an ensuing herbal trail of sharpness which enhances the dryness. Doughy yeast flavors film the roof of the mouth before finishing juicily hoppy, but equally crunchy with lightly toasted malt husks. More attenuation/less sweetness and this would be sublime. Thanks for the gift, fly.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hazy and straw like in color. Aroma is floral, peppery, yeasty and honey like. Flavor is classic saison, I.m not picking up anything exotic or tropical fruity, but I think it would stack up with many European Saisons. Finish is peppery and dry. nice beer.
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a tall white head. Aroma is yeasty and lots of vanilla. Flavor is peppery, sweet and citrus but nothing really stands out to give it that final kick. Gets a lower score considering it cost $6.99 for a 500ml bottle. Pretty pricy for an average brew. A six pack of Schlafly saison is just as good and half the price.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This saison pours a hazy yellow gold color from a cork finished 500ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is spicy, floral, citrusy, yeasty and peppery. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and sweet, spicy and peppery and yeasty and bright. Interesting beer, lots of fruit, spices and pepper flavors. The carbonation is a little harsh, zesty and it’s a little too sweet, but North Coast has sure as heck captured the sprit and character of a saison. Light and refreshing beer. Crisp and clean. Lots of carbonation, perhaps a little too much .. burp. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is dry and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of pepper.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Dully yellow and hazy. Spotted white head. Grass, grapefruit, apples, bananas, cinnamon, and slight clove. Body is nice and smooth. Floral flavors, mixed in with a bitter hop flavor and apples and champaign. Lively and tart. Good example, but not great.
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-bronze body with a foamy, air-pocketed head. Airy, yeasty aroma w. perhaps a hint of citrus. Mildly yeasty flavor. More of a golden belgian ale than a saison.
demitriustown (1062) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather opeque orange with a rocky white head. Aroma of dried fruit: orange maybe some lemon. Taste is nicly mellow that includes sweet fruit and sour/tart cirtus fruit with a bit of acidity. Palate is quite bitter yet refreshing. My first Saison I think it’s decent. I’d buy it again.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky yellow with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and citrusy. Some tart fruit as well. Flavor is citrusy and fruity. Tart and acidic. Dry with a little bitterness on the finish.
asheft (2499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, light orange with rocky, white foam and excellent lacing. Aroma: musty, woody cherry, a little horseblanket, dry and sour, noble hops. Excellent malty flavour with plenty of noble hops and a dry, woody bitterness mingling with yeast and a touch of horseblanket. Not as dry as some, but perfectly well balanced with only a hint of alcohol flavour. A little warming, light bodied, pleny of carbonation, clean finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Rerate of new Le Merle bottling: Aroma of bready sweet pale Belgian malt and doughy yeast with a touch of grassy hops. Body follows suit with a good doughy yeasty presence and sweet biscuity pale malt. A nice Saison.
Sampled as Whole Foods 25th Anniversary: Bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a hazy golden with a thick frothy off-white head. Floral citrus hoppy aroma has some yeasty funk to it. Body starts with a faint caramel sweetness balanced with a ton of dry, earthy and tart yeastiness. Puckering finish is just very dry, not necessarily sour. This might need some time to mellow out, but it has got to be the driest beer I remember trying.