notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent attempt at a saison, but, like most american-made versions of the style, it falls short in many respects - the aroma is spot on; nearly perfect for the style - seriously musty and barnyardy, with lots of orange peel, coriander, ginger and other spices - herbal and tea-like flavor, with a heaping helping of hops (something I’ve come to expect from a lot of rogue brews) - the flavor is lacking the subtle complexity one expects from the style - it’s more like a pale ale with some background musty, earth belgian characteristics that never come to the forefront - they sit flacid on the tongue - turn to heavyweight for a good, american-made saison.
NachlamSie (2647) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught. Pours a cloudy amber-brown hue with a wispy thin white head. The aroma is quite fruity with some sweet strawberries and a touch of alcohol is apparent. The mouth was thicker than I was expecting. It’s semi-dry with a flavor of berries and herbs. Pretty good stuff.
Suttree (4905) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish copper, no head. Grapey, herbal aroma, with really nice notes of rosemary and woodruff. Rustic flavor, with notes of lemon and cherry, and an earthy, woodsy finish. On draft at Barley’s, Knoxville.
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle-pours a tan head, color is hazy gold. Aroma is hops & grain. Taste is balanced nicely of hops & grain, earthy tones. Good carbonation.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Drafting Room. This one did not smell or taste saisony to me, and seemed somewhat muddled. The pour was hazy copper with a medium off-white head. I noted some spicy floral, fruity, and hoppy notes in the taste and aroma, but the flavors didn’t seem to marry well.
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear medium yellow and orange hue. Sweet and salty nose: soapy pepper and lightly fruity with a lot of sugar. Soap and coriander flavors dominate, with a spicy and peppery flavor throughout but especially on the finish. A good try, but not something great.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Draught at the Rogue Hero Public House in Bellingham, WA Updated with notes from a full bottle tasting.
Bronzed orange color, very little to no head. Nose is tangy with yeast and the decayed orange rind smell comes from the hops. Citrusy tones that are getting drowned out by the pacman yeast. The flavor is a bit too bitter, perhaps from some curacao or hops. Dirty in a bad way with wheat malts in the acidic body. Finishes balanced a vaguely wet. A subpar Saison.