JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cave-aged 2000 version) Clear yellow, orange shine. Thick, stable luxurious white head. Orangey, spicey, but biscuity nose. Serious signs of oxidation. Taste of oxidation too. Malty taste, crystal and pale; citrussy flavour retronasal. Well-bodied. Alcohol very apparent, compared to the very light Hennepin. Yes, this IS better than what I had sofar from Ommegang. But the oxidation is not going to be everybody's choice. Remains to be seen what would be normal ageing, and what is due to the 'cave'...
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This cloudy, honey-gold beer has a bright, white head. The nose is yeasty with loads of heavy, sweet malt and light undertones of citrus hops. A slight touch of mustiness as it warms. The palate is medium-bodied with warm bread, soft fruits and light spice. The finish is once again yeasty, but semi-sweet with velvety malt and old lemons.
mrmojorisin (4) - New Caney, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A well made saison. I enjoyed this beer with a meal of venison. Goes very well with red meats. Produces an excellent head. A nice fruity beer. The brewers in Cooperstown have created a fine saison.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fine looking beer, golden with a frothy white head that lasts and lasts. Quite yeasty and spicy, yet slickly smooth and a pleasant earthiness. Dry finish balances this quality NY brew.
monterey (8) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful saison experience. First thing you notice is the spicey aroma and earthly flavor to match. Critics seem to be either in the "Beer is not supposed to be spicy" category or "Good, but since it's from NY it must be second rate" Don't listen! This is a great value to boot.
Aubrey (3415) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly opaque with a milky-orange glow. Clean, yeasty nose. Tingly, cloud-like carbonation; somewhat lightish on the tongue. Although, down "below," a silky-smooth malt texture coated my tongue here and there. Moderate flavors of orange, alcohol, yeast, and Oatmeal curiously enough. Overall, flavors mingled well, and nothing really overpowered anything else. Probably my favorite Ommegang brew.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice cloudy golden color. With a nice frosty head. A little yeasty. Nice citrus taste and perhaps some bannana. Very good.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clouded blond with a medium white head. Nose is mixed with yeast, spice, light fruit hints, and possibly lighter earth tones. The taste is grains, spice, light tartness, some fruit and yeast blended together. Finishes rather well. Some spice and bitterness during the finish. Good beer!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from this fine American brewer of Belgian beer.Nice spicy,yeasty,fruity aroma.Nice huge frothy head that will not die/lace is awesome,hazy honey gold color.The taste is just wonderful/nice hops.The palate is massaged w/co2 pins and needles.Great stuff!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber with white head and nice lacing. Complex aroma mixes fruit and spices and floral. Flavor nicely combines sweet and bitter into a very good tasting beer.