TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours slightly cloudy golden with a massive egg white head that has excellent retention. Aroma is delectable and reminds me of lambic. Estery with some wet wood and a bit of sour/tart. Flavor is very dry with some significant bitterness. Quite tasty. Not as quirky as the Fantomes, but very good nonetheless.
piscator34 (1884) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 vintage, and my first ever saison. Very carbonated, pours light gold and cloudy. Subtle aromas of yeast, herbs, vanilla, licorice, and toasted marshmallow. An interesting combination of bitter and sour flavors. Clean finishing too. I was impressed. Thanks Rastacouere! This beer was great!
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big creamy frothy head. Herby, hoppy, spicy bouquet. Crisp dry flavor - lots of spices, herbs, and hops. Excellent!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Everything a great Saison should have. High marks in every category. High, puffy white head. Bready yeasty aroma and taste. Finish mellow with a sharp bite.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thick head that dissapated quite quickly. Nice honey yellow colour. Aromas of belgian yeast, hay, clover.The flavour was big and fantastic. Med tart, med sweet, yeasts, good amount of hops finishes dry.Will be buying more of these.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was sampled at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival 2004 in San Diego. This beer poured a cloudy yellow color with a massive soapy white head which took a practical eternity to disappear. Very entrancing-looking saison. Heavy yeast aroma topped the nose with serious lambic and souring qualities. The taste was of weak yeasts with a mildly sweet, fruity finish. Defintie lambic sour front, but very light throughout. Perhaps a hint of ginger in the finish.. a nice beer...definitely worth the ticket!
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 2003 750mL bottle. Drank this in my Ipswich Ale Shaker. haha, surprisingly enough, I think it worked ok. Bottle conditioned. Huge, thick, lasting eggshell colored head. Lots of fine bubbles, and a nice warm honey amber-yellow, transluscent. Smells of vanilla, herbs and spicy pilsener hops (tettnangs, hallertauer perhaps). Flavor is spicy, bitter (unripened green pears, white grapeskins) and very hoppy. Wow, this is like the Boont IPA of saisons. Intensely bitter, tart and dry, but has some honey flavors to balance it. Good, complex and just screaming of quality. I wish I knew more about saisons, but this stuff is great regardless of its comparison to style. Quite acidic on the finish, medium to medium light body. Reminds me of champagne yeast. 8/5/8/5/17
2005 bottles, one each on 9/14, 9/15 and 9/16.
Bought myself three bottles for my birthday and damn did it not disappoint. How this is rated a 3.8 is beyond me. One of the finest, most rich and flavorful, yet still crisp, lively and drinkable beers being produced. Nothing is compromised here, appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel. It’s hard to even justify not giving it a 5.0. Perhaps there is just a tad too much residual sweetness and the yeast character is massive (although still clean and elegant, IMHO) and does build up on the palate. It seems important to drink it well chilled but also with about 15-20 minutes of breathing. Difficult to find fault though. Those perfumey, crisp, highly aromatic hops, rich hay and honey malts and snappy, spice-meets dough yeast are as classy as it gets. And all this for 6.5abv??!! Upping the score from my previous experience.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA; Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) The nose is sour, spicy and yeasty, almost a horseradish aroma; The flavor is sour, but less sour than the nose would indicate; Moderate spice as well; Clean and refreshing palate; Medium golden color and fully cloudy; Large creamy whitish head leaves a wide ring of lace at the top of the glass, then random patches elsewhere
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden, hazy, tasty, an excellent beer to have w/ a fine meal. I think that this is a nice example of a saison
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely beer and such a great style. Wish there were more great Saisons to compare it to, but Dupont is a can't miss anytime.