Lunkie (1726) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hop malt aroma. Murky amber colour with great head and lacing. Sweet fruit malt flavour with stone fruit aftertaste. Smooth palate.
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had tabs on this being great stuff, and with the hype on what is a Saison raging away in the forums I thought it high time to get this out of storage and into a glass. After releasing the cage the cork popped itself out and near cost me my eye-sight. The beer remained completely still in the bottle, though. It pours with vigour, excited to be free, the head rose to a good inch and a half, held there all snow-white, rocky and dense with wicked lacing to ensue. The body a palest, pastel yellow, hazy and very finely carbonated. Sweet, citrusy candi hit the nose first and subsided. An aroma of biting, under-ripe fruit like peach, orange and tart lemon, heaving fruity spices, a little Brighton rock candi and just a touch of barnyard, musty, raw grains. This was a delight on the nose, equally absorbing on the palate. Tight, ripe fruits in the mouth, slightly tart, assertively bitter in back. Light fading sweetness on the tip - my bottle was 18 months into life -, citric zest, before drying off. Some inklings of cloves and a strange addition of sunflower seeds. Big, woody, piney depth in the swallow, slightly musty. Very dry overall, the carbonation high and as prickly as the flavour. The alcohol remains articulately well hidden. Sensationally good from the first to the last, a beer I actually got excited about (hasnít been too many of late!!). Now I just need some more... (75cL, BBE 08/07, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors, cork read 2.004, not sure if that is a date or what. First pour is a bright yellow gold, almost completely clear, under a massive frothy meringue like head that filled the top half of my Duvel snifter. Lots of visible carbonation. Successive pours became cloudier with each one. Nose is fruity and earthy with lots of spicy yeast. A little bit of citrusy notes, grassy mown hay, and a little touch of old lady perfume, maybe something from Avon, but Iím not sure cause my grandma has been dead for a long time now and I only have hazy recollections. Flavor is quite a bit lighter and more subtle than I expected. Fruity with lots of spritzy citrus notes up front. Finishes dry and crisp. I was expecting alot more earthy flavors for some reason. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy with a drying finish. The longer it breathes a slight creaminess emerges. Quite good, especially for a style that I just canít get completely into. The more I had, the more I liked it.
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a semi cloudy straw color with a nice thick head. Aroma was of some hops with some sourness and spice. Flavor is complex with yeast, spice, tart citrus and a slightly grassy finish.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy amber, with a tint of orange color, with a thick, soft, creamy 4" head of whiteish foam. Five minutes after the initial pour, a huge clump of suds still remains. Pretty good lace throughout the glass. The aroma is mildly sharp and sour, with the scents of citrus and Belgian yeast coming through as well.
The inital flavor is a smooth citric and acidic tartness, balanced with a mildly spicy yeast character. I also taste some tart peach and a hint of almond. More citrus and some easygoing peppery spice flavors are found in the dry finish, and a grapefruit rind tartness lingers well into the aftertaste. Not quite a medium body, very softly carbonated, and quite smooth, really.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the first beers Iíve had where "spicy" is the dominant word Iíd use to describe it. Nice golden color, beautiful appearance in the glass. Tart, spicy, grassy flavor. Lots of flavors here, with the barnyard flavor and lots of liveliness. A nice beer, but itís a little thinner than Iíd like at first with some grainy hints in the aroma.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Hazy gold supporting a large white frothy head with good lace and durabililty. Yeast, citrus, spice, and some llight fruit combine for an inviting aroma. Smooth medium body, medium carbonation, and a clean mouthfeel. Light fruity sweetness balances nicely with some citrus rind bitterness. Clean dry finish makes this a wonderfully refreshing beer.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden straw with a thick frothy/rocky white head. Vibrant aroma of citrusy fruits, mild hops, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is unusually hoppy for this style, but still full of nice fruity notes, a bit of spice, and a bit of sweetness from the yeast in the finish. The palate is medium and silky with some sour citrus notes, and bitterness from the hops hinging on for the long finish. Unique in complexity and texture, very interesting saison.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle - pours hazy, foggy light gold, with one of the biggest, rockiest white heads Iíve ever seen. Looks excellent. Lots of carbonation in the glass, but itís soft on the tongue and in the mouth. Good texture. But Iím getting ahead of myself. Aroma is spicy and yeasty, with clove, banana, citrus peel, and light hops, giving it a character somewhat lager or pilsneríish. Nice and inviting. The taste is extremely refreshing, an excellent summer ale - peppery, with lemon notes, yeast, banana, and a very light bitter/hoppy finish. Nice, satisfying stuff and Iíll be sure to keep a few bottles around for the summer months.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer may be a bit skunked, as there is something beyond the standard brett funk here and it is not pleasant. Some of the quality still shines through, though. Have to re-rate this later.