jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy gold with lasting white, rocky head. Kind of a weird nose, somewhat chemical. Taste is all organics however, a little bit sour, a touch of bitterness, fruitiness and spiciness. Well balanced, a nice winter drink. A little bit of alcohol warms up the end. A very solid beer, but doesn’t go above and beyond. ya heard?
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured slightly hazy light gold with masses of champagne bubbles and a decent creamy lasting white head. Aroma of generic belgian blond, slightly sour - banana, coriander, yeast, lemon, sweet malt; nice, but nothing special. Taste follows the nose, but more tart citrus and less malt - pretty balanced, but a little alcohol-sharp on warming. Mouthfeel is lively, slightly syrupy, body is a touch watery. This is very drinkable, the alcohol behaves itself, my bottle had very little sediment, but I would agree this is not really what I would think of as a saison - a pretty solid effort.
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I picked up Hennepin after my somewhat disappointing experience with Ommegang as I am always willing to give any brewer another chance. I was more cautious this time and purchased only a single bottle, which I noticed bore a significant layer of sediment. The occasion seemed appropriate for my Kwak glass and it was a good choice showcasing Hennepin’s fluffy cloud-like head and murky gold body. The nose took me by surprise. On the first sniff, I thought someone had furtively switched my beer with Coors Light or one of its compeers. Surely I was not the subject of some sinister pratical joke so I led a more careful investigation and picked up notes of citrus and pineapple underlaid by brown sugar and toasty malts. The flavor had a bit more density than I expected but still reverbated the simplistic aroma. This seems like a mediocre attempt at a Belgian blonde ale rather than a Saison. There are much better, readily available alternatives out there such as Don de Dieu (to name only one).
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank on the porch a month or two ago on a Sunday evening. This is a semi-regular beer since it is under $4 for a 750. 750ml bottle. NB worthy glass. (20 minutes out of the fridge) The cork pops out of the bottle and the aroma is instant. When poured, the beer is golden orange with a healthy, one fingered head and active carbonation. No yeast in the first glass. The aroma is tart; lemon zest, yeast, white pepper, mild hops. The beer is full-bodied and bubbly. The initial taste is tart, malty, yeasty, with some citrus peel notes and wildflower honey,. There is some spiciness, mild bitterness, vanilla, and some good funkiness too in the flavor. When the foam dies down, the beer coats the glass. The finish is dry and astringent with some lingering bitterness. On glass #2 (35 minutes out of the fridge) it seems the tartness and funkiness are more pronounced. Still no apparent yeast. Glass #3 (80 minutes out of the fridge) brings the yeast. Foamy head. More? pronounced aroma. Softer mouthfeel and the added taste of yeast and flour. This is a really nice beer and an absolute bargain.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a 4-pack. In a glass it looks wonderful, leaving attractive lacing. Aroma is lemony fresh with a hint of soft Carmel and other neat finds. The flavor is good, but hindered with a yeast flavor. Once I got by that though it was very pleasing. This price was $10.50 a 4 pack. For me, too costly but most likely worth every penny.
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured out a rich haystack color, with a very nice thick off white head. overwhelmed with a powerful yet soft caramel nose. flavors consisted of banana, lemon and a variety of soft, subtle hints of other fruits (grapefruit, cherry). a great purchase, defenitely recomended for anyone who likes belgian style saisons.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was very good - ommegang is a very good brewery. They got some pretty good stuff - - I’d buy this beer again, even might LOOK for it!
Strykzone (6632) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge 750 ML bottle. Subdued aroma with hints of overripe fruit. The beer pours an attractive golden color with moderate clarity. Very substantial head that has a lot of staying power. There is also some effervesence in the beer itself that adds crispness. Plenty of citurs fruit such as lemon and orange. The beer (or style) reminds me of a hefe in some ways. It is a delicious beer and the 750 ML bottle still left me wanting more.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured a hazy, pale yellow color with a creamy white head that slowly diminished. The aroma was hoppy , producing lemon, fruit, and flowers. The flavor came with oranges, flowers, clove, and banana. Light bodied with a comfortable bitterness. Very enjoyable.
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled; my first saison. Hazy golden coloring with an aroma of cloves and fruits. The flavor was mostly orange with some light spice. A very enjoyable, easy-drinking high gravity beer.