Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and a bit bitter and dry. Color and taste much like a Belgian pale, despite some cloudiness. Very bubbly in the pour, moderate head. Let the head rest for a couple of moments and consume meat to fully appreciate. Light experience but alcohol is there. Yeasty aroma.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Lovely lime green mixed with bright lemon yellow. Big foamy white head. Aroma is subtle and highly understated, but the good lemon and orange zest is there, a light touch of honey, some mild herbs. Surprisingly apparent alcohol right away. I corked the bottle up again and tried it the next day. Superb, creamy honey almond and vanilla with ample hops spice. Medium amount of yeast and a solid medium body. I know so little about saisons, but I know I liked this. No real funk to it, is my biggest qualm.
Never really added extra notes, but I’ve had it many times since my first bottled experience. Too sweet, WAY too much bubblegum. Not particularly saison-like at all on draught, though I can’t say I’ve tried it from the bottle again. More like a double-wit or belgian golden ale fermented really warm. The yeast isnt particularly endearing here.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden hue wearing a thin white head. A very vinous nose with more alcohol than expected. Quite fruity overall with grapes, lemon/citrus, but it could use a bit more spices to my liking. Saison-ish hay character is very well defined though and appealing. Lots of warming alcohol in mouth also, a solid hay field accompany typical cereals. Mildly acid with more lemon, yeasty with a dry bitter finish. The body is highly carbonated, a bit too much for my tastes with this particular flavor profile, it's smooth and big enough to support the warming effect nevertheless. I must say I expected more from one of the rare american Saison, the obvious alcohol at this moderately low ABV just doesn't allow for the quaffable yet feeding beverage I expect.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I expected more from this Belgian style brew. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent beer though. Its cloudy with a good bitterness to it. If I want a great Belgian style, I'll stick with Unibroue.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Re-rate
There is something in this saison that keeps inviting me back - added a couple points.
750 ml. Citrus and spice, oh so nice! The pour was a cloudy gold, with a frothy head. The yeast takes the stage in the first pass, and a peach/orange flavor carries trhu the finish. This well carbonated brew has elements of a golden belgian and elements of a witbier, but with a buttery goodness that rounds out with a medium hop profile. It is a pleasant pour, but its heavily-spiced warming characteristic takes it out of the running for a great warm weather beer.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is very floral, fruity and spicy. Flavor is slightly sweet, slightly sour. Lots of fruit, some spice and vanilla. Hops sneak in at the finish. Very carbonated, very nice. Alcohol is medium strong and helps balance the fruit. Very well rounded. One of my new favorites!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a light hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma reminded me of a barnyard (in a good kind of way). Citrus, spice, apples, on the tongue. Nice mild hop finish. A good refreshing beer.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose of berry and tea; applesauce and flowers as brew warms. Pours into my mighty "HAMMS" goblet a medium clover honey with golden highlights. The average frothy white head is mostly diminishing with no lacing. The brew has a fair balance teatering between tart and sweet being non-commital in both directions. Fair finish. The body is medium, creamy, and fizzy. The finish feels cloying.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bright and flowery with a little hint of sugar. Looks yellow, cloudy, very bananna looking. Medium mouthfeel, quite carbonated (too much). Taste is bitter, hoppy up front with a very vegitative feel to it. Quite a few sour notes creep in, some stay through the finish. Leaves dry.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 Light gold pour with a thick head. Smells are subtle: malt and spice. The first sips are a bit watery, but you notice some spiciness. A pepper, citrus and yeasty taste. More flavor comes out as it warms. The finish is a sour grapefruit. Overall, it is a decent ale