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. I’ll 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, I’m afraid.
Rastacouere (6161) - 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 Dupont’s 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 master’s 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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. I’ll 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
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût chez American Flatbread, VT. Arômes légers et délicats de cidre. Saveurs aigres. Épices, bananes, blé. Légèrement acide. C’est la Saison Dupont Vieille Provision la moins acide que j’aie bu. Bien bonne.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 On tap @ hopleaf. Hazy orange color with a white head. Yeasty, spicy, citrus nose. Yeasty, chalky, leomon citrusy flavor. Very full mouthfeel. Citrusy, slightly sour, yeasy finish. Very nice.
Additional notes : Earthy aroma, with sharp wheat, a touch of brett hiding in the corner, lemon, pears, and spice as well. Great mouthfeel, very full for such a well attenuated beer, helped, of course by the carbonation. The taste is sharp wheat, black pepper, citrus, yeast. It is amazingly flavorful. Great beer. Rating stays the same.
I am drinking a 375ml bottle that was purchased in town. Bought at KS Lukas. This beer has the good fortune of staying out of the direct sun, so it has none of the skunkiness I have gotten from local bottles. I think my prior ratings are accurate, but I think a 4.0 was a little low. I raised it to a 4.4, this is an amazing beer.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little dissapointed in this beer. Perhaps I was expecting too much, and my bottle was a little light=struck as well. Underneath, the aroma was subtly fruity and yeasty and pleasant. It was balanced and dry and overall a good beer- I wish I wish I wish there were no green bottles!!!
asheft (2739) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy honey with the swiss alps on top that formed excellent lacing. So effervescent, it was hard to pour. Sweet and sour, tangy, granny smith apples with some black cherry and wood aroma. The flavour, though dry, is bursting with floral and fruity essences: strawberry, apple, banana. Good bitterness, but perhaps not from hops (wood?). Light body and explosive carbonation and a nice clean finish. Very refreshing.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 bottle 375 ml. Semi clear pale golden w big slightly off white rocky head. Aroma is the slightly skunky Euro type in the bottle hops & spicey Belgian yeast, slightly clovey w a touch of lemon citrus and light malt. Flavor is light, delicate, very clean, a bit tart, light malt w subtle spices & a trace of lemon citrus. On the upper end of light bodied but with a very noticable complexity that was delightful. Very nice slightly sweet, spicy, bitter finish. I could have drank a gallon of this. Wonderfull stuff.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 375ml bottle.
Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, musty) light hops(hay, lemon)
Pours hazy yellow, large lasting white head.
Starts slightly bitter, very little sweet, light lemon.
Finishes pleasing long dry and warming.
Exciting with an exploding cork.
Overall refreshing and clean taste, very palatable!
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
333ml bottle-pours a cloudy apricot/hazy orange hue with a sudsy white head. Agressive carbonation true to style. Banana, corriander, brett, slight barnyard/farmhouse aroma that was present, but not pungent like the monitte i had a week earlier. Sour, spicy flavors that consisted of banana, lemon, herbal notes, brett funk and some grains. Fizzy body, but true to style. Probably the best saison i have ever had.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was very nice. Poured a cloudy orange with off white fizzy head. Lacing was good. Citrus and grass and yeasty nose. Taste had banana and grape and spice, pepper? The malt was hidden really. Very good Saison.