inebrius (6) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmerís cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.
When youíve finished, use whatís left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nice Saison! Golden yellow in color. Very nice white head. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, smells a bit tart. Well carbonated. Slight sweetness and then a bitter tart flavor hits. Drying in the finish. I am really beginning to like this style of beer.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 750ml bottle. This is definitely one of the best ales Iíve tried. I love the complexity. So much here, itís hard to describle. Every sip makes me want another one. Only off is it is too carbonated.... I pour it rough so some of that bubbles off personally.
TBone (11935) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33cl (BB 01/2007)
My 100th Belgium beer rating!
Hazy yellow color, big cloudy white head. Fine aroma of malts, hops. Very fruity nose. Very dry, fruity and round palate with lots of citrus fruits. "Soft sourness" which makes this easy to drink. Dry bitter finish with hints of sweetness but same time peppery.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 This beer makes me think that our Aussie Coppers has a bit of a saison characteristic. Definite estery flavours of bananas and a yeasty nose combine over a beer that pours yellow and hazy with a creamy rocky head. Good flavour and a nice dryness on the back palate. Well done and a fine beer for all seasons, I mean saisons, yuk, yuk.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light yellow hue, cloudy, with an active head. Fruity and spicy, pleasant and yeasty. Dry finish. Effervescent. Lots of lingering flavors on the palate that are subtle. Refreshing. Overall this is quality all the way.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours with moderate head. slightly opaque in the beignning, becomes more so at the bottom of the bottle with yeast sediment. this does not take away from the taste, begins crisp but warms to more fruit flavors, also malty and rich. almost a spicy smooth aftertaste.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ML Bottle: Lasting fluffy white head w/ a cloudy light amber body & lots of tiny bubbles. Lots of aromas too! Bready malt, doughy, pepper, yeast. Earthy and herbal hop w/ a musty woody aroma. Hints of pear a little plasticy phenolic as well. Balanced to bitter, spicy clovey yeast, grassy herbal hop flavor from mid palate to aftertaste; some toasty malt, hints of caramel and some green apple fruitiness in the aftertaste. There is a bit of sweetness up front. Finish is dry and has a grassy hop aftertaste. Highly carbonated, dry resiny, astringent m/f, lighter body and a light alcohol in the finish of the mouth. Label says itís refreshing, but I donít see it as that. Nice complexities in the nose, but they donít quite pan out into the flavor. A little too bitter for my palate.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is honey, caramel, apple, and wheat. Body is a foggy deep gold color, with a nice very frothy big white head. Taste is sour and perfume filled, taste is slightly soapy with lemon zest.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First saison. I had no idea what to expect at all. Would this be like a lambic or a pilsner (Iíve heard both comparisons)? To me it was like a Belgian dubbel with some of the "barnyard" character Iíve heard about, along with herbs/spices. It makes me desperately want to try more crazy Belgians.