tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a muddy yellow with a bright large white head. Aroma of spice and hops. Flavor was pretty good at first, a nice spicy belgian with plenty of malt and hop bitterness. As the brew went on though the alcoholic warmth became overpowering. A very dry alcoholic finish.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very excellent brew, golden color with a slight cloudiness or haziness appearance, beautiful huge soft white head, had a floral & yeasty aroma, rich malty profile, tastes very smiliar to a Chimay Bleu, but as it warmed it rivaled more of a wit-style, hints of complex fruits in the flavor as well as the finish, very smooth & full-bodied, excellent beer
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold color, high fizzy head. Fruity, spicy nose. Light mouthfeel, but pleasantly spicy and slightly sour. Flavors are delicate and flawless. Short, refreshing finish.
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an attractive deep yellow with white lace, quickly dissipating but leaving a decent film for some time. Substantial aroma, including yeast, bread dough, citrus, and spice, but the flavor is even better--bold, balanced, and staying on into a long finish. One strange bitter element coming through at the end, though I"m not sure what. Above average palate, notable carbonation. Very drinkable, although not as challenging as a Belgian-made saison would be? Still, that is probably a good thing...this hits the spot.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful hazy golden brew with large, crisp white head that fades, leaving a wonderfully laced glass. Nose of yeast, bread, wheat, and spice. Flavor of yeast, bread, wheat, and then more yeast, slightly sweet, augmented with a slight bit of orange peel and coriander and a full clove and pepper bite as the beer warms. Only lightly hopped and only slightly bitter. I expected more of a rustic saison, but I got more of an unrefined lower alcohol version of a tripel. I would have liked more sweet spice or more bitterness; I like the beer and it is deceptively easy to drink given the high alcohol content, but I found it disappointing in comparison either to a great saison or a great tripel. Continues Ommegang"s traditional Belgian style whether you think of it as a saison without spice or a small tripel.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy yellow with foamy white head. yeasty aroma that kinda reminds me of my grandfathers farm when i was a kid. taste is of citrus, clove, coriander, slightly sweet and complex, touch of hop bitterness in the finish. an excellent brew
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent. This is perfectly balanced Belgian ale--spritzy carbonation, fine palate and measured sweetness. One of the finest.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 Pours a cloudy orange, very representative of the style. Heavy carbonation with a thick head. Cirtus and yeast aroma. Flavor is lightly zesty with just the right citrus and ginger to balance out the hops. Clove and peaches are detectable here. Very rich finish with a medium body.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Had a nice sweet taste with hints of spice. Nice pour, nice head.