DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
08-Jul-13 (750-ml corked and caged bottle: Obtained in trade with atpayne, thanks Adam!)
This one got lost in the shuffle, so when expecting the worst, itís an even greater joy to be so pleasantly surprised. This saison has to be at least eight years old, yet itís tasty, balanced, clean and refreshing like a good saison should be. The beer pours a clear golden body with several rising carbonation streams and an inch of bubbly, Champagne-like mousse that fizzes away quickly. The nose offers aromas of cereal malt, bread, gently sour apples, and some light grass and dried herbs. The palate is fresh and delicate, with flavors of bready malt, red apple, dry grass, and yeast; itís reminiscent of what flavors the lees contributes to white and sparkling wines. The weight is light-medium, the carbonation is medium-high and lively, thereís a mild touch of tartness that lifts the palate, and the mouthfeel is generally quite dry, leading to a pretty refreshing beer to drink. Overall, for a beer this old, itís pretty remarkable that itís not only still drinkable, itís quite solid. It really comes across as more classically Belgian in style, in the same vein as Saison Dupont (though not in the same tier), and I strongly prefer this bottle to many of the newfangled, high-gravity, obscure-adjunct saisons coming out these days.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7 year old bottle thatís been sitting in the brew office since the day it was bottled. Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Aromas of cider and pears, somewhat like a white wine. Flavor was dry and a little fruity, but I believe it had lost some of itís funk over the years at room temp. Carbonation was great, light ot med body dry in the mouth. What a great treat after a in the brewery. This review is for the first half of the bottle. The second half had some yeast issues.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold with a white sustained head. Smells of citrus, some dry malt, earthy. Tastes peppery and spicy with some citrussy elements on the finish.
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a nice package. There is a foil wrapping around the top of this corked and caged 750ml bottle. I broke quite the sweat trying to pop the cork. I poured this into a tulip. Before the second pour, I swirled the yeast as best I could. The beer is a cloudy marigold, if I am remembering my Crayola 128.
This is quite the smell. The only Saisons Iíve ever had are the Avery 12th Anniversary and Hennepin. This is funky. Scents of lemon and honey are there. The taste is awesome. Upfront, there is a bready quality, followed by lemony citrus hints. The tart, fruity, funky yeast is at the back of the frontside of the taste. It is the middle and it is the end. The mix of sweet and tart flavors is new to me. As I think of all the other Saisons out there for me to try, I just smile.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It is also thicker than the other Saisons Iíve tried. Granted, those are the two mentioned above. Drinkability is superb. I donít know the ABV, But it must be low, as Iím almost finished with this bottle. If you live around Indy, find this beer. Iíve got a box ready in the cellar for this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-31-2005 08:48:24
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle acquired in trade with atpayne (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of spices, yeast, and citrus. Tastes of spices, citrus, doughy, and lemony.
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a murky golden color with a large white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of earthy yeast, light spices, toasted dough, light vanilla, and citrus fruit. Taste of honey, toffee malts, dry yeast, with more spice, citrus fruits, and a semi-dry finish.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium bubbly white head that went away fast. Aroma of mixed citrus, some sweet maltiness, Belgian yeast esters, wheat, lemon and some light alcohol. Flavor of pepper, various Saison spiciness, lots of tingly carbonation, some malty sweetness, citrus notes and doughy.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. Wheaty lemon aroma. Yeasty and earthy with maybe a hint of leather. Mildly bitter finish. Very lively mouthfeel. Light body.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml Bottle: Nice presentation for a less than impressive beer. Pours a cloudy gold with a soft hay and lemon nose. The body is a bit underattenuated for the style, with lots of spritzy carbonation as well. The finish is also a bit astringent, which doesnít help matters. I remember liking this alot better off the tap.
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. An easy-drinking, nicely spiced, if not overly complex, saison. Cloudy, golden pour with big pillowy head. Aroma of coriander, yeast, lemon peel and hay. A note of floral hops. The flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. A light astringency in the finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Enjoyable, though this doesnít reach out and grab your attention.