Braudog (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Menís Journal recently called this the best beer in the world, so I had to go find it and I did! Donít know if Iíd go as far as "best in the world" but itís pretty damn good ... Pretty cloudy yellow with a monster head. Light bodied yet hugely flavored, full-on yeast, citric and rindy. Awesome.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a clear golden color with a large fluffy (rootbeer float) head.. Aroma was hay, fruity and yeasty.. Flavor was yeasty with a bit of hay and some citrus.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation!..
Dorqui (2127) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely dense and abundant head, optimal persistence. Yellow clearly color, veiled and loads. Discreet fizz. Decided scent, tending to a weiss bier. Notes of humid and wine cellar. Decided rich taste, much bitter and strongly. Much alcoholic and flowery rumors. Fermented and with talk of stum.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne golden, livly carbonated, large white head frothy and lasting. Big barnyard type aroma, rubber, and pils-esque. Flavor was light and sweet with some spice mixed in, citrus, and bready. Nice lacing.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Sweet fruity, light yeasty aroma. Flavor is yeasty with spicy notes and a light fruityness.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 750ml Becoming my new favorite style of late. Cloudy golden, huge rocky head that lasts forever. Fantastic aromas of yeast, hay, citrus and with a medium bodied champagne like mouthfeel. Flavor is yeasty, funky, citrusy, spicy really nice. Overall one of the best Iíve had in this style. Great brew!
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great beer. Aroma is spiced with a hint of skunking, which is probably the one thing that really holds back this beer in my opinion. That is only really noticeable in the aroma. Flavor wise itís barely there, and I felt it somewhat added to the beer. The flavor is spiced, and slightly fruity with no real bad lingering aftertastes of any sorts. Good beer.
frankenkitty (1975) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy, light yellow/golden/wheat colored body under a huge, lasting, rocky white head. Bottom yeasts pour in later like silt... tiny, and dark. Heavy yeast aromas are sour fruits and dough with lime and herbal hops. A nice Belgian-sour flavor with fruits leading to a bitter end. Milky smooth in the mouth (assisted as such with soft carbonation) with a dry finish and some upper-palate astringency.
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abbamouse (20) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I think my bottle was a tad skunky. Iíll avoid this one in the future unless I can get it on tap. The mouthfeel and appearance are simply wonderful and I can detect some yeasty fruitiness underneath, but the overall scent and flavor are rather poor in this sample, Iím afraid.
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Saison has clearly settled as far and away my favorite style last year, so I thought a re-rate of the "classic" example was necessary. Saison Dupontís meringue white head never leaves, laces and laces atop the perfect cloudy straight gold. Perfect appearance. Its nose is very complex. The Dupont yeast is home here, leading the show with a masterís hand. Perfect balance between the refreshing tartness and the awesome moderate, yet quenching and lingering bitterness. You can chug it down by a few sips or you can concentrate and seize all kinds of nuances, peppery, piney, fruity (lemon, pineapple, banana, mango) complexities. The mouthfeel is velvet, the big bubbles become a soft pillow as you let the beer breathe for an hour in your glass. Excessively balanced. A big achievement. One of the most nuanced beer in the world and somehow, just 2 years ago, I didnít dig this one as much as other Saisons.. Dupont owns simply put, this saison is world-class and they have 2 beers that might very well be even better. Just let it breathe and take your time.. and a whole 750 by yourself hopefully.. This one is not too hard to find and worth it.
Original rating summer 2003: The price is a pleasant surprise, a dollar and a half less expensive than Chouffe products of the same size. Hazy yellow coloured ale with a big white head. Inviting spicy aroma with fruits and cereals. I didnít quite find the legendary complexity of flavors others have been talking about in mouth, in fact the alcohol was pretty noticeable for its strenght and it just tasted tart spicy cereals. Iíll have another try soon. 3.7
2nd try: Better than last time. Tartness is balanced by a massive bitterness that brings us into a looong, yet dry finish. 3.7