DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very balanced Belgian ale with moderate sweetness, some maltiness, spices, hops bitterness and a slightly sour flavor; Palate is expansively carbonated, medium bodied and somewhat sticky, but not cloyingly so; The aroma is both sweet and sour, with some spiciness going on; Pale yellow in color and somewhat cloudy; Small sediment is suspended in the beer; Good sized head on the pour with decent retention and some lacing
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours to a hazy yellow/gold with a large white frothy head that is mostly lasting. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma: yeast, bananas, citrus crisp, wood?, clove. Flavor: slight yeast that is not overpowering, alcohol taste needs to be better hidden, spicey, pepper. Lingering aftertaste that is like a bland, mild version of the beer itself. I expected this to be better.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale orange with some yeast and a white ring with some lacing. Aroma is mild with spices and citrus and vanilla. Flavor has a bit of an alcohol bite to it that overpowers some of the other flavors; I detect some citrus flavor and spices and maybe a little yeast. Feels rather average in the mouth. Overall, I expected better. This beer is hurt by the ridiculous alcohol taste for such a low-alcohol beer.
tpoid (25) - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the pleasure to sample ommegang at the brewery. They do not carbonate the beer, bottle aged. Do not drink this beer cold, it is best at the temperature of a basement or cellar. Treat it like a wine when storing as it will continue to age if not refrigerated.Nice golden color, pleasant aroma. This beer has some kick.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Mild, spicy, malty, fruity aroma with some vanilla also noticeable. Clear straw colour with nice white diminishing head. Malt, spice and yeast argue it out with no clear winner declared. Spicy, prickly carbonation. Delicious on the tongue and lively in the mouth. Very clean and well brewed and an absolute pleasure to drink. Bottle (at TapNY festival). Score adjusted slightly after multiple resamplings.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy deep gold w/ a lasting frothy white head and great lacing. Toasty malt aroma, light clove spice, also light plum fruit and hints of banana and vanilla esters. Malty and well balanced; spicy pepper and yeasty flavor, lightly acidic. Dries out in the finish w/ a light hop aftertaste. Lighter body w/ a higher level of carbonation and sort of prickly on the tongue because of it and a dry m/f. I donít know how they get away with selling this beer so cheaply. THey could raise the price and iíd still buy it. Complex enough for the experienced palate, but light enough to be a good summertime beer given the ABV. Fantastic!!!!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Could be one of the better Saisons that I have had. Dry, sweet and tangy with a fantastic dough, citrus and pepper aroma and lasting white head. Taste had coriander as well as pepper, ginger and tangerine.
Sammy (10789) - 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 (5379) - 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 Iíve 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 canít say Iíve 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 (6174) - 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.