egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 bottle... Poured a cloudy orange golden color with a large with rocky head and nice lacing. Aroma of lemon, spice, and some hay, as a barnyard aroma. Dry citrus, spicy, tangy taste. Some hops, slight banana, and even alittle clove could be noted as well. Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. A good addition to Thanksgiving dinner.
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a slight peppermint like aroma with hints of mown grass. Light orange appearance with an everpresent luxurious thick white head that sticks around for a long time - good lacing as well. Creamy, thick mouthfeel is what catches me the most about this one. Smooth buttery flavor with a zesty, hoppy, aftertaste. Flavor improves as it warms with a bit of a butterscotch essence to it. Have not had too many Saisons - but this is the best by far.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light orangish tan, with a huge soapy head. Aroma of a straw, belgian yeastyness, lemon zest, and a slight spice. A nice light creamy palate. Flavor is much like the aroma but with the lemon zest taking a more predominate role. Although no one thing jumped out at me to make the beer seem great I did keep reaching for my glass to take another sip just seconds after the last one. Don't start this one off cold, let it warm before taking even a sip.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudt, Golden color. Big, big head. A fruity aroma. This beer starts off quite tart, then finishes long and dry with fruity sweetness. Enjoyable.
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With all that has been said about saisons, it is a curious style of beer. It pours with a decent, though not extraordinary white head, and the sediment adds haziness to the dark yellow body but also adds flecks of...something hanging there in my glass. I stick my finger in to make sure it isn't grainy or anything. Seems to be o.k., though it isn't "normal" sediment by my book. The aroma contains alcohol, not especially well hidden, but with a honey and citrus twang of enthusiasm, against a lingering sense that there might be "extract of spaghetti sauce" (tomato acidity plus oregano) there as well. Not sure. As the first sip enters my mouth I get a yeasty candy-like aroma, and then twinges of summer fruits on my tongue, with a lively carbonation that does not diminish for quite some time. Herbs and spices, as if on a gently seasoned white fish with a rocket and radish salad accompaniement provides a plate of flavors to disentangle. A late zing of alcohol reminds me of its presence, adding some of the mouthfeel, placid yet alive. A bitter ending, at times a titch metallic, concludes the trip around the tastebuds. I am feeling rather dry at the end. It is an interesting beer, producing a range of experiences. Not all of them are great, but it is a worthy classic in this curious style.
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Poured from the bottle slowly, but ended up with a huge merangue like head that didnít move for quite a while. Aroma is sort of like a high-powered lager. Not particularly inviting at first. After letting it sit in the glass for 10 minutes, the first few sips were actually nice. Somewhat spicy, somewhat fruity. The initial alcohol blast seems to have hidden itself really well. This one is turning out to be very drinkable. The finish is almost bitter, like orange rind. 2012 update: obviously a fresher bottle this time. Big fluffy head, but not over-carbonated. Grassy-yeast aromas. Still quite drinkable. Lingering bitter-citrus finish. Not too fancy, but very tasty and enjoyable.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle actually said "Saison Dupont Farmhouse Ale" so I guess it's the same one.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown color with a pillowy tan head. Luscious strawberry aroma accompanied by yeast and minor hop notes. This beer is quite dry with a yeasty tinge and a fair, spicy hop presence and a dry, hoppy finish. Coriander and other spices up front and through the middle. Maybe a tad light in body, but this IS a thirst quencher. Yeasty, bready aroma and flavors really start to shine as the beer warms.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big white head, hazy yellow-gold color. I felt the flavor might have been a bit thin, but that certainly shouldn't detract from an otherwise fine beer.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 (I revisit this beer at least once a month - Iím drinking one now - so dry, so flinty, so delicious - I really could drink this every day)[I thought I had updated this rating months ago - hmmm - anyway, this beer keeps getting better the more I have of it - with some age on it, it gets the perfect background funky complexity that compliments the other characteristics perfectly - this is a classic saison, and a rare example of one that gets much better with age] Cloudy golden, fluffy, lasting head - wonderful, candy-like aroma, with touches of mustiness and earthy tones - mild and refreshing - very slight sweetness, wheaty, bready - some spice and a hint of fruit - dry finish with some hops making an appearance - well-balanced and enjoyable.