heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Cloudy gold with lots of carbonation. The huge head stuck around a long time. The lacing is as thick as any heavier bodied beer. The aromas are nice and easy with grass and lemons. The taste begins a little funky. It has some dirt and sour cherries. Absolutely refreshing. Tried again on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. Delicious all around.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stiff, rocky head. Delicate, yet complex aroma. Taste is at first light and refreshing with a gentle hops presence, much like a good pilsner. But the finish fills out and becomes very complex. A spicy, citrusy sourness. A rich presence of yeast flavors which are unlike any other beer I’ve ever had. I have had this beer both on tap and from the bottle and it is fabulous both ways, with the tap having a very slight edge. I find it absolutely amazing that I can buy this beer for less than $7 a bottle. To get the same level of quality and pleasure from a wine I would have to spend hundreds of dollars. Traditional Belgian ales continue to be the best-kept secret in the gourmet world.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I have had this beer several times both as a draft and as a bottle. Each time I come away disappointed thinking that I should have liked it more than I did. While certainly not a bad beer, this one never seems to live up to the hype for me. +++This time I sampled it on draft. It poured a medium orange-gold color with a small creamy white head that had lots of lacing. The aroma is fruity and sour. The flavor is sour with some malt and spiciness. The sour lingers on the aftertaste. Relatively refreshing but otherwise nothing to write home about.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Rockiest head on the planet. Great nose. Smells like a triple crossed with a dry red wine. Fruity and chalklike. Flavors explode. More quenching than water. So good
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow with a big fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma with some bitterness. Taste is spicy with many different flavors. Finish is dry and sour. Very good saison.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 On Tap. Poured a hazy yellow with no head. Citrus and banana aromas and tastes with some spices. OK but not as good as some of the other beers I had tonight... 6 4 5 4 14
Re-rate. My how tasts have changed. Citrus, yeast, spices, bananas and some light funkiness. Increased the scores a lot.
Sigmund (4824) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl capped bottle simply called "Saison Dupont" (bought in Norway), "Vieille Provision" is apparently used only for the corked bottle, otherwise it must be the same beer. Hazy golden beer with a large head. Lovely farmhouse aroma with spices and tobacco. Spicy and "authentic" farmbrew flavour, which unfortunately soon is overpowered by a strange medicinal bitterness on the the back of my tongue - I’m not sure how much of this bitterness comes from the hops and how much comes from dead yeast cells. This bitterness dominates the long aftertaste.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, straw yellow color, creamy, bone-white froth atop.
Aroma, a great heady blend of citrus and spice, probably coriander and clove in the lead. Feels quite a bit like a wit, too, with that wheaten element riding high.
Taste: warm, wonderful, spicy texture, smooths out after, but never flags in flavor. Citrus and spice carries through, with plenty of lemon zest and a drizzle of orange, plus loads of yeasty contributions and a never-ending spicy kick.
Thirst-quenching all the way, ending in a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, but abundant with character.
Damned tasty! A great summery ale, tres sophisticated and quaffable, to boot!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a light gold with a thick white head. Nice light yeast nose with strong hints of citrus. Not as grassy as some saisons. Thin mouthfeel, with lota of fruit, spice, and citrus on the tongue. A very refreshing beer. Great for the warm summer months.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Bottle conditioned at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session).A yeasty, peppery, spicy beer.