goozen (3753) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at ZBF: Not biological but the original dark blond saison ale with splendid bitter aftertaste, it will quench your thirst right well.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale, cloudy orange with big foamy head & superb lacing. Flavors of lemon, bread, and coriander overwhelmed by excessive (bitter) hops. A little out of balance to my taste.
cgarvieuk (20724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pale golden orange colour with a loose foam head.sharp citrus hop aroma, full mouth feel with a little creamyness as it sparkles in mouth. rounded fruity malt. nice and complex. with a nice little sour in finish
BeerFanDan17 (1073) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Disappointing Ale. Most Belgian ales are rich and golden. This one was dense and bitter. I don’t expect this from a good Belgian brewery. Hints of lemon maybe, but overall bitter.
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice refreshing aroma of light fruit and spice. Hazy yellow with a large fluffy white head. Good lacing, beautiful head. Light flavors of orange, spice, light fruit, sweet malt, and sourness.
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice big frothy head with ok duration. Color is golden. Aroma is malty with some fruit. Taste is malty with some acidity.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 750 ml. Tulip Glass. Hazy yellow-orange with an excellent dense head which leaves some lacings. Nice fruity aroma with evident malt and hops. Taste is floral hops balanced with malts and plenty of spicy/pepperiness and yeast. Dry finish. Very drinkable with less alcohol than beers that usually display such character.
Ridedom33 (37) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle. Pours with a lot of head. Yeast floats around a lot and takes a while to settle. Gave it the chance to warm up since i had it a little too cold in the fridge. Good beer seems a little more like a hefe than anything else. Good brew
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 12 oz. bottle. Nose was big, wild, and funky. Grassy. Pour was just kind of annoying: too much head and not enough visible character to match the intense aromas. The flavor was all over the place. Alot of lemon and grass. I could see this being great as something you just chug down on a hot day, but beyond that it is unimpressive. Perhaps the style is not for me, but this needs more balance and cohesiveness.
RE-RATE, after several 750ml bottles. My original rating came from a time when I didn’t really "get" saisons, not that I necessarily do now, but at least I’ll give it half a chance. It’s soft and floral on top of the grassy, lemony qualities, which is really nice and worthy of raising the score a few points.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, not pasteurized, I found this at the local Beverages and More and had to give it a try.
Citrus smell, bottle-conditioned yeast floats beautifully through a hazy, yet still clear body. Pours with a thick head and light, crisp consistency.
Quite good for a Saison, slight sour aftertaste, it is easy to drink with an almost oaky finish. Well above average!