JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. My first Saison-style and at first taste, it seems somewhat akin to a Belgian Golden. The color was a golden straw with a thinnish white head. The aroma is subtle and a little spice and earthiness. The operative word for the brew is crisp, both for mouthfeel and taste. Very nice.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am shocked that I have not reviewed this to date. A wonderful saison style beer from Ommegang. Straw yellow with a slight bit of haze (from the bottle conditioning?) with a great aroma of yeast esters, spices (white pepper? gop?). The taste is spicy with esters and some sweetness for balance. High carbonation and nice frothy head. Overall a very enjoyable saison.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Nice yeast on the bottom of the glass. Smell had banana, cloves, citrus, orange peel and vanilla. Good spice in the flavor but too much alcohol. Nice tart plum mouthfeel which was quite refreshing. Nice saison.
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy, golden color with small white head that dissipates slowly because carbonation continue to rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of yeast and malt. Light, crisp taste with some spice (peppery) and bitterness at the finish that cuts the malt taste, but not overly heavy or complex. A pretty good example of a saison and a good sippin’ beer.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden appearance with a large soapy white head. Strong belgain malt flavor up front with a sharp peppercorn flavor in the back mixed with some plum and bananna.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draught. cloudy white golden body with a small short-lasting head. aroma of yeast, cheese, spice, and apples. flavour is a bit better than the aroma and is quite thirst quenching. body is heavy on spices and the pepper sticks around in the back of your throat. I think maybe it’s lacking in overall substance. a decent saison.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden ale with a whipped cream head. Lemon zest and cracked black pepper. Slightly sour and acidic on the palate. Mellow but alcoholic finish with some bitter hops. Not bad at all.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a white white head. Head dissipates rapidly. Aroma of sweet hops. Flavor of bananas, very light on the palate. Flavor blends away rapidly to a clear aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Warmth hits the belly a bit after the first few sips. Very pleasant sipping beer. Slight bittering due to the hops. Warming up, become more yeasty. Overall a decent drink, but I probably won’t be buying another 4-pack... not really my style.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours out a dark yellow color. taste is spicy, sweet, and sort of refreshing. not the best ive had in this class, but it can hold its own against the ones from belgium. this brewery makes high class beers, and ive yet to be disappointed by one.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is funky yeast and spice, candi sugar, banana, and a touch of hops. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a steady medium head supplied by tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is great too. Flavor is a bit snappy with a yeasty funk common in saisons. Sweet and sour banana and hops. Palate is crisp and tangy. Not a bad example of the style.