panderson (3) - CANADA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours with nice head that remains for a long time then fades to a lace. Beautiful cloudy orange and flecks of spice (?) or yeast sediment in the beer and on the head. Aroma is sweet, pumpkin, citrus, and herbal. Carbonation is strong and pop-like. Goes down nice, with a refreshing acidity. This beerís strength is the clean hoppy aftertaste, so unexpected in an initially malty beer -- it makes you want more.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cork says "2005"
This beer poured a golden straw with a huge swarm of bubbles sustaining a frothy white head. Thereís tons of action here if you want to just sit back and watch.
Smells of dry spicy yeast, root beer and some earthy herbs. Thereís also a prominent sweetness that cuts through, but just a little, that reminds me of corn syrup. There is also some wild flower aromas and a slight pine. This is amazingly complex and seamlessly blended.
The first thing in the taste that caught my attention was a little alcohol dryness. Getting over that, thereís a musky sour oak and a spicy yeast that dominates. Again, thereís that sweet corn syrup. Thereís also a sweet, woody honey. In the finish, a slight sourness steps in with a woody dryness.
The mouth feel is light and creamy with a light playful carbonation.
This oneís definitely a thinking beer. Thereís a whole lot going on here, so take your time for sure.
askjaer (23) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle it pours a powerful white head with some lacing. The liquid is a little cloudy with a light gold color. The aroma is of wheat and yeast with a nice freshness and a hint of flowers. The taste is likewise fresh and pleasant.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml - 2003 vintage) Hazy orange in color with about three inches of white foam. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy with some sweetness and pepper underneath. Very earthy as well. Very sour and yeasty at the beginning with a very dry and tart bitterness at the middle and a dry and hoppy bitter finish. Very robust and easy to drink.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice hazy full golden yellow appearance, aroma is yeasty, well carbonated, initial taste is malty well balanced but finishes with strange acidic flavor, possibly "skunked" dissapointed because i imagine it is very good normally
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy straw body with lacing head. Aroma is yeasty with some pepper and earth undertones. Flavour is spicey before turning nice and tart. Nice full bodied flavour without the carbo load you find with some saisons. Finishes with a nice hoppy dryness. Easy and tasty drink.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice yellow color, with a fluffy, white head. Aroma is yeasty, funky and fruity. Flavors are definitely dry, with plenty of yeast and a bit of tart flavors. Finishes hoppy and dry- very nice.
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coarse, heavy, thick, rocky meringue-like head. Nearly clear, yet hazy golden color. Aroma of yeast, hops, malt, and some floral elements. Predominantly yeasty floral flavors with hints of malt and hops. Nice crisp mouthfeel, dry (hoppy) finish. Certainly the greatest example of a Saison Iíve ever had. A prime brew and a prime example of the style.
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle -best before 2009- itís fresh. I almost peed myself when I saw this on the shelf at my liqour store having dreamed for years of getting a real bottle of this famous beer. Sadly I was totally dissapointed. The beer starts off wonderfully with a full spicy aromatic nose that sets you up for a wonderful experience. But when I tasted it WHAMO! Holly man, this is what I teach in my judge certification class as being classic baby diapers! And the finish was very dry, mouth pucikering astringent. Iíve brewed with their yeast and found the same faults - I thought the yeast was just off but now I suspect this is the real house character. Too much over the top even for this style for my palate.
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml. Pours cloudy medium gold with a platinum blond head thatís picture perfect--smooth and sculpted; tight heads of bubbles and a sudsy collapse as time goes by. Beautiful mild tart yeast nose. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Lightly spicy, grassy-sweet notes come through in the palate. No finish to speak of, and thatís lovely. This is great stuff. Maybe Iím starting to grasp this whole Belgian thing, finally.