ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 2003 750mL bottle. Drank this in my Ipswich Ale Shaker. haha, surprisingly enough, I think it worked ok. Bottle conditioned. Huge, thick, lasting eggshell colored head. Lots of fine bubbles, and a nice warm honey amber-yellow, transluscent. Smells of vanilla, herbs and spicy pilsener hops (tettnangs, hallertauer perhaps). Flavor is spicy, bitter (unripened green pears, white grapeskins) and very hoppy. Wow, this is like the Boont IPA of saisons. Intensely bitter, tart and dry, but has some honey flavors to balance it. Good, complex and just screaming of quality. I wish I knew more about saisons, but this stuff is great regardless of its comparison to style. Quite acidic on the finish, medium to medium light body. Reminds me of champagne yeast. 8/5/8/5/17
2005 bottles, one each on 9/14, 9/15 and 9/16.
Bought myself three bottles for my birthday and damn did it not disappoint. How this is rated a 3.8 is beyond me. One of the finest, most rich and flavorful, yet still crisp, lively and drinkable beers being produced. Nothing is compromised here, appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel. It’s hard to even justify not giving it a 5.0. Perhaps there is just a tad too much residual sweetness and the yeast character is massive (although still clean and elegant, IMHO) and does build up on the palate. It seems important to drink it well chilled but also with about 15-20 minutes of breathing. Difficult to find fault though. Those perfumey, crisp, highly aromatic hops, rich hay and honey malts and snappy, spice-meets dough yeast are as classy as it gets. And all this for 6.5abv??!! Upping the score from my previous experience.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA; Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) The nose is sour, spicy and yeasty, almost a horseradish aroma; The flavor is sour, but less sour than the nose would indicate; Moderate spice as well; Clean and refreshing palate; Medium golden color and fully cloudy; Large creamy whitish head leaves a wide ring of lace at the top of the glass, then random patches elsewhere
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden, hazy, tasty, an excellent beer to have w/ a fine meal. I think that this is a nice example of a saison
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely beer and such a great style. Wish there were more great Saisons to compare it to, but Dupont is a can't miss anytime.
Lubiere (10720) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy blonde with a nice spicy aroma, sour apples are noted. Nice bready tatse with spices, citrus or sour apples, slightly tart, nice body.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good Saison. Citrus, yeast, and spicy flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great thin head of very fine bubbles. Wonderful carbonation that keeps it on top of the glass. Big aroma with citrus, yeast and a touch of wheat. Color is a very cloudy golden orange. Flavor is zesty with a slight alcohol tingle. A little fruit and yeast. Nothing very dominant. Finish is dry and clean. A good summertime brew that will be pretty refreshing
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 (Bottled, 0.75l, another re-rate) Hazy golden color with a huge, white, pillowy, ultra-lacy head. Yeasty, peppery, lemony, earthy aroma with birch leaf hints. Quite dry, quite bitter, slightly acidic flavor with lemony fruitiness. Long, lingering, dryish, bitter and peppery finish. Medium-bodied, quite carbonated but soft, refreshing and bitter palate. No sign of alcohol. A delicious, tasty and very well-balanced saison!
(Bottled, 0,33l, older re-rate, 7-4-8-3-15=3.7) Golden, hazy color, small head. Yeasty, fruity aroma - nice! Very fruity, slightly dry and sour, refreshing flavor. Soft, but foamy carbonation, medium-bodied palate. Alcohol not showing at all. Bitter, spicy finish.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good beer. Lots of flavors happening. Fruity and sour like. Perfect head. Sharp hop finish. Very interesting.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 750 ml. Interesting, self removing cork. Perfect head that rivals the Trappist brews. Yellow and hazy with floaties. Musty, earthy, lemon, orange peel, grass, and hops all wrapped up in a neat aroma bundle. Smooth round malt with an orange peel bitterness. Sharp hop finish. Very interesting and complex beer.