MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003-dated 750ml bottle
Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a massive, pure white, meringue-like head that explodes every time new liquid is introduced to the glass. Cobweb-like lacing. The aroma is grassy and earthy, with honey, peppery spiciness, phenolics, musty yeast, orange peel and flour-like malt. The flavor begins phenolic, with some white pepper spiciness. Midway, the other flavors foretold in the aroma appear: honey, musty and funky yeast, citrus (orange peel and lemon zest,) and bready malt. All of these ride atop a rustic, earthy backbone. Hints of leather, iron, and hops towards the end. The finish is extremely dry and completely washes the palate clean. Crisp and clean in body, with a fairly light mouthfeel and huge acidic undercurrent. This fresh bottle is a bit young and rough compared to some of the older bottles of this I’ve had. Still one of the best examples of the saison style…a classic brew.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light-medium golden...white film head...but lasting, and no real lacing. lots of candy sugar aroma, not really bubblegummy though. little bit of spice in the aroma...little bit of alcohol in the flavor, dry and very much unlike the aroma.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was my first saison style beer. It poured a dark golden color with a thick head that stuck around for a while and left a little lacing on the glass. Quite a few floaties in the glass. The aroma was sort of yeasty and grainy with some fruits in the back, but not really very interesting. The flavor was a little too acidic for my tastes. There was also some sweet malt and a little fruity taste, but the acid taste made it out to be not one of my favorites.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color, hazy. Citric aroma with a hint of vanilla. Fairly hoppy vanilla flavor with just a hint of citrus. Thin to medium bodied. I can't believe this beer has 6,5% ABV. Its a session ale wih a lot of flavor and character. Fairly long hopbitter finish.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/6/03: bottle 2002 vintage.
opaque orange-sunshine body with a nice rocky white head which quickly dissipates. loads of floral, yeast, fruit and a slight hint of skunk. flavors include citrus, yeast, pepper, fruit (peach) and some tartness with an added bite. very active and very lovely.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy head. Smells citrusy and hoppy. Tastes nice and dry with hints of fruit and hops. A very refreshing beer that I could drink on hot Minnesota days.
jonas (5595) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lively hop, spice and orange peel aroma.
Nice white head and a hazy orange coloration.
Tastnotes of whitebread, lemon and spices. Part of the aftertaste is similar to
orange-oil in peels a peppery bitterhop bite follows.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy straw color,medium sized white head with a very nice staying power.Sweet fruit aroma with a light malt side,and mild spice.Fruity taste with a slight bite in the middle of the taste and then it goes back to fruit,the fruit being banana and posibly a mild citrus of some sort but i just can't put my finger on just which one.The after taste is mildly bitter with the same fruity taste and a mild showing of hops.This is one hell of a brew much,much better then i thought it would be and at $1.29 out of the bargain cart it was more of a steal then anything.What a find good brew and even better price.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Score bumped up. Easily in my top ten beers in the world as of Dec-06 and pretty much a bench mark for Saison. (Original Rating 9-5-9-3-17=4.3): Citrus, banana, strong cheese aromas. Generous and long lasting merangue-like white head with plenty of lacing. Spicy and dry flavour with some bitterness. A sweet start leads to a slight sourness through the middle and a long dry finish. Would perhaps enjoy a slightly fuller body but as is I could drink plenty of this. Bottle.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, pale gold body with a thin white head. No lacing.
Lemon/banana, yeast and some spice to the aroma. Very fragrant.
Lemon and a slight sourness dominates. Lots of very distinct yeast. Dense and complex. Some Belgian candi sugar in here too? Spicy hop finish.
Medium bodied with a dry, crisp finish. Carbonated like champagne.