rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
How have I never rated this? I thought I had rated it so I just took a few notes on the cave aged version. I’ll get a proper rating up here someday.
The cave aged is hennepin with everything smoothed out. Corrainder, meaty malt/ginger, lemon, yeast. That alcohol burn is gone. Everything about this is right. I need to buy a few cases and cellar them.
Jayhawk (5) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I first had this beer at an awards show in New York city (where I won) which could explain my fondness for it. It has a beautiful color and aroma and the taste does not dissapoint. A near perfect blend of flavor and crispness.
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle - pours a hazy intense yellow with orange hues. The head is small about 3/4" but last a long time and there is dramatic lacing all the way down. Aroma is mostly malt and yeast with hints of banana. The flavor is malty, with yeast and some fruity nuances. The alcohol is there but not too intrusive. Mouthfeel is fizzy, yet creamy and full. A very enjoyable Saison!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow color tall well laced white head. smells of yeast ginger orange rind and some spices. Fairly avg bodied palate. Flavor is spicy yeasty with hints of ginger. Decent saison.
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 (487) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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.