gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy golden orange with a big white head. very little lacing. more like spots hereand there. citrus in the aroma with some funky yeast. tingly nice refreshing citrusness then moves into some killer dryness. medium to full mouthfeel with a long finsh. very enjoyable refreshing saison but i do enjoy them wit a touch more musty funk.
bhensonb (13996) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle. Strange aroma. Reminds me of the linoleum paste from years ago (that’s an honest comment; I have not thought of that stuff in decades). Something of a brown yeasty smell. Color is an orange tinged gold, with a white head that didn’t stick. Full mouthfeel. Citrus is the principal note. Definitely dry. Definitely hoppy. Stone fruit comes up after awhile. The aroma loses the weirdness. Begins to seem like a fruity pilsener. This ale changes from moment to moment. Quite an experience.
larsniclas (6661) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy ornage. Large off-white head.
Spicya and yeasty aroma with citrus-notes.
Pomerance-like spicy flavour.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a large off-white head. Aroma of yeast & citrus fruits with a spicy touch. Sour with a taste of bitter grapefruits & glöggkryddor. Initially a sweaty tone
which disappears after a sip or two. Medium body, average carbonation.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of yeast, barn yard, and malt. Sweet crisp tangy flavor with some honey-like character and a slightly alcoholic and dry finish.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Hazy golden color with a big foamy head. Strong yeasty and malty aroma that is a bit musty, but brings some nice citrus and grain into the mix. Taste is nice and citrusy-grainy-yeasty - classic saison. A nice hop bite as well with a good feel from start to finish.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a cloudy pale orange color with floating sediment and a medium foamy ivory head. Aroma is of light grains, nice yeast, citrus, farm, grass, spice and honey. Light bodied and crisp with playful carbonation. Ending is dry, sweet and malty, with notes of honey and citrus.
ekstedt (6488) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2010 Bottle, 33 cl. Cloudy golden/orange with a large fluffy head. Fruity malt aroma with notes of honey, oranges and lemon, along with spicy and yeasty notes. Medium bodied, good carbonation. A nicely balanced brew, with a initial sweetness and a moderate but distinct bitterness, accompanied by a faint acidity. Very good, an "Orval light".
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Its been a long time since i had this and i didnt have the palate i have now. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick frothy white head. Awesome aroma of hops, citrus and spice and belgian yeast and just a tiny bit of fruit. Very complex aroma. Flavor is even better. Crisp and yet creamy and medium to thick bodied with fruity sweet malts and a ton of citrus character and belgian spicy yeast flavors with hints of clove and lemon and a great little hop bite. Very refreshing.
islay (2185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry aroma but with a fruit sweetness (apples, pairs, tangerines). Powerful, hoppy smell. Fresh-mown grass/hay scent. Very powerful and unique aroma, like that of a Czech pilsner on steroids.
<P>Pours an effervescent, cloudy, deep gold/bronze with an orange hue. Large amount of suspended particulate that settles quickly to the bottom of the glass. Huge, thick, uneven white head with large bubbles and a thin brown yeast film on top.
<P>Dry, champagne-like taste. Hoppily bitter. Vaguely reminiscent of a Pacific Northwest IPA with its fruit flavors, which are consistent with those found in the aroma. Light hint of smoked ham. Alcohol noticeable but not strong. Still, I’m surprised that I taste the alcohol at all given that the beer is merely a relatively moderate 6.5% abv.
<P>Long-lasting, hoppy, dry aftertaste. Medium body. Frothy and quite lively in the palate. Surprisingly easy to drink.
<P>Believe it or not, this is my first saison. It definitely is different from other beers, but it is not so distinctive as to be astounding. This beer remains unmistakably Belgian. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle with a cork marked as "2006." I enjoyed it very much, but that may be because I found it to be a pleasant change of pace. That is, now that I am familiar with the saison style, I’m not sure that I would rate an equally good saison as highly in the future. Nonetheless, I certainly am glad that I gave Saison Dupont Vieille Provision a try.