BillKismet (3769) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Pours an overly abundant, head atop an orange sunset body. Skunky fruity aroma with the first few whiffs, but after aeration, fruitiness develops. Mild, peppery and yeastiness swirl in flavor. Rerate 8/13/09 - Vibrantly earthy. Funky. Pine foresty. Intriguing.
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy gold-orange with a gigantic rocky white head. Smells like pears, lemons, pine and grass. Nicely carbonated and dry as a bone. Peppery, and more pine at the start with a beautiful citrusy dry and somewhat bitter finish. Super nice saison!
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked Bottle: I nice pour with a thick billowing head. A very nice pear heavy smell. The aroma almost has some berries in there as well, some wheat and citrus. Quite nice on the aroma. The taste is very good. A nice saison indeed! A littel sweeter than some, with a note of spices, but quite good indeed!
vanvenlo (1682) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11 Jul 2006 - Light orange fruit hop and bread yeast aroma. Light cloudy and amber colour with great head and lacing. BIg full spiritous hop and light fruit. Dry bitter and light fruit finish.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a beautiful bright gold with a creamy, egg-white head with great retention. Aroma malty sweet & spicy, a touch of yeast and hops. Flavour... wow. Refreshing yet warming all at once. Strong citrus, flavourful hops (late additions). Very, very dry aftertaste white which sours quickly and demands another fresh sip to clean it up (I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s gone!) Great body with slightly excessive carbonation, foamy head sometimes interferes with a clean unadulterated sip but is otherwise impressive. A good beer, and a great introduction for me to the style.
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where do I begin describing this wonderful brew. Try dissecting it from every angle and it comes out near perfect on all bases. A beautiful light orange-champagne color, with a thick, foamy, white head. There are literally oodles of aromatic notes bursting from my glass that my brain cannot coherently judge all at once. Flavor is dry, fruity with a subtle hint of tart finishing with ample bitterness. It truly speaks volumes into the skills possessed by its brewers that they have achieved everything they set out to, with such control. As good as it is it however falls short of perfection, as I’d hoped for it to be just a little bit tarter with that much more wild yeast and bacteria added to the party. Plus I’d also question the freshness of my bottle; therefore to get the full effect I’d have to enjoy one fresh in Wallonia. With that being said, this is one heck of a beer and an encyclopedia for modern day brewers in the art of stylistic control.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle. Hazy golden-orange glow, with notable sediment; head is very full, creamy, fluffy, and brilliant white. Head settles after a fair amount of time leaving only rocky remains and some lacing. Nose is certainly citrusy with lemon and orange peel, maybe corriander, also noting yeast, barnyard, wet alfalfa, and mint leaves. Flavor is similar to the nose; light tartness from the citrus notes of lemon and orange, maybe some peach notes also; other notes of some musty barn, raw grains, spices including thyme and faint pepper. Palate is medium, soft, and creamy feeling from such a soft carbonation, yet remaining refreshing and quenching. Finishes fairly long with it really drying out leaving a moderately light bitterness and notes of thyme and coriander. A style I am relatively new to, but quite interesting and unique. Maybe not quite as tart or crisp as the style would suggest but still unique, complex, and a beer that really grew on me the more I drank.
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again Belgian Shop for this one. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Tastes of various citrus fruits. Hints of spice and yeast. All in all a well rounded and interesting beer. Perhaps a bit overrated though.
CameronWPotter (1) - USA - JAN 20, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I am pretty new to the REAL premium beer scene I can say that this is the best beer that I have tasted. The aroma is nice, but not outstanding. The appearance is cloudy, but I don’t need my beer to be crystal clear. But the flavour and palate are outstanding. This beer seems to have three distinct tastes, there is the taste as you drink it into your mouth (first taste), a taste as it is in your mouth (second taste) and an aftertaste..
The first taste is fruity and floral (banana, lemon and spices). The second taste is almost merginue-like quite a creamy kind of consistency. The aftertaste has some more spices, some grains and a faint peppery taste. Basically, this beer was the one that convinced me to write something down here...
kidwiththehair (45) - Girdwood, Alaska, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one’s been on hold in the "cellar" for about a 2 years. They dont vintage date these things but I’m guessing the bottle I had is from 2004 possibly. Pours a nice pale golden color with a thick frothy white head. Aroma of some fruit, hops, a little woody. Nice tart flavor with a little bit of spice in there, as well as some grainy hints in the aftertaste.