nmatheis (4) - USA - JAN 24, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. ~50F serving temperature. Poured a pint with ~75% being tight foam. Phenolics & grain in the aroma. Shimmery gold color. Light-medium body with some carbonation sting to give the overall impression that the body is lighter than it is. Lots of yeast flavort - phenolics with a bit of bubble gum in the background. Hop bitterness quickly hits the back of the mouth and edges out the malt. After swallowing, leaves a bit of hop bitterness in the back and a sweet, fruity taste in the front of the mouth.
As an aside, I just read Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski (good reading if you want to try and replicate these beers, along with Biere de Garde style brews). Dupontís Saison seems to be the classic modern version. I think Fantomeís brews edge out Dupontís Saison with their complexity of spices and acidic tang - just my two cents though. Iíll be culturing the Dupont yeast tonight and trying to culture Fantomeís in the near future!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely one of my recent most-favoritest, really good beers. Really summery, citrusy thirst quencher. Everything about it is top-shelf. Great big, long lasting head, intense beading, peach colored cloudy pale ale. Grassy taste, remarkably bright flavor, wonderful with food or even better instead of dessert. But then again, I might have been drunk.
Padron4KM (645) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml green bottle.
Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a huge, frothy soapy head.
Froth slowly recedes and leaves lots of chunky, sticky lace in itís wake.
Aroma is Yeasty, funky, soft cheese, a little sour note and a touch of fruity banana hiding way down deep.
Flavor is delicate, lemony and sweet and earthy with a long, lightly lemony bitter finish.
inebrius (6) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmerís cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.
When youíve finished, use whatís left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nice Saison! Golden yellow in color. Very nice white head. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, smells a bit tart. Well carbonated. Slight sweetness and then a bitter tart flavor hits. Drying in the finish. I am really beginning to like this style of beer.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 750ml bottle. This is definitely one of the best ales Iíve tried. I love the complexity. So much here, itís hard to describle. Every sip makes me want another one. Only off is it is too carbonated.... I pour it rough so some of that bubbles off personally.
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33cl (BB 01/2007)
My 100th Belgium beer rating!
Hazy yellow color, big cloudy white head. Fine aroma of malts, hops. Very fruity nose. Very dry, fruity and round palate with lots of citrus fruits. "Soft sourness" which makes this easy to drink. Dry bitter finish with hints of sweetness but same time peppery.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 This beer makes me think that our Aussie Coppers has a bit of a saison characteristic. Definite estery flavours of bananas and a yeasty nose combine over a beer that pours yellow and hazy with a creamy rocky head. Good flavour and a nice dryness on the back palate. Well done and a fine beer for all seasons, I mean saisons, yuk, yuk.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light yellow hue, cloudy, with an active head. Fruity and spicy, pleasant and yeasty. Dry finish. Effervescent. Lots of lingering flavors on the palate that are subtle. Refreshing. Overall this is quality all the way.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours with moderate head. slightly opaque in the beignning, becomes more so at the bottom of the bottle with yeast sediment. this does not take away from the taste, begins crisp but warms to more fruit flavors, also malty and rich. almost a spicy smooth aftertaste.