Christian (11202) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Dark golden colour, firm white head, constantly bubbling. Spicy aroma with hop notes and slightly caramelly malt. Very dry with lots of hops. Very refreshing and drinkable.
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very attractive beer. Bright golden streams tiny bubbles champagne-like. Large-bubbled head is pure white and robust. Elegant and best suited for an elegant glass. Bright flavor is citrusy, mildly estery and I occasionly picked up cheesey notes. The light body is prickly with carbonation, but not unpleasantly so.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This saison pours an orange tinted golden color with a big, lasting, rocky white head. The aroma is hoppy with some spicy fruitiness lurking underneath. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation, the flavor is quite hoppy, spicy, and peppery with a touch of malts. The finish is wonderfully hoppy and dry, with just a little bitterness. A marvelous and very drinkable saison.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first saison, so take this rating for what it's worth. Absolutely huge white, foamy, ultra-thick head. Color is pale yellow and clear, with some small condensed bits of sediment. Aroma is barely present, maybe slightly floral. Flavor is sweet early on, with grapefruit and honey notes, creamy, with a bit of sourness as it rolls off the back of the tounge. Pretty crisp. Overall good, but seemed like it might be slightly passed its prime.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Didn't like this beer as much as I thought I would. It had flavor but it was a little to sweet for me.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden with a big, frothy, thick head. Sweet and sour malty aroma covered with hay. Smooth robust palate with good caramel sweetness and a light, dry, semi-bitter finish. Not much sourness here, which makes this very drinkable. This hides its alcohol very well too.
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me, Saison Dupont is the last of the true saisons. It comes in many sizes. I maintain that anything under 75cl doesn't do it right. I choose a well-aged sample. "Gushing" is putting it mildly. "Exploding" comes nearer. Mass of slightly yellow foam. Beer itself is orange,and of course, hazy. Very fresh nose, lemony, but some cork-mouldy smell at first. Then a soft cheese aroma as from Brie. Bitter, tart, orange rind. Absolutely no oxidation let alone madeirisation, despite its age. Spicey, but no specific spices (no spices added to this TRUE brew). A bit bread-yeasty, too. Burning sensation. It is dry and at the same time refreshing. Very bitter aftertaste, not hop-bitterness, more spicey or vegetable bitterness. At the end again some earth-cork taste. Superb sessionbeer, refreshing without any watery feel, highly carbonated without being fizzy. First you think the bitterness is going to be too much, then it proves itself to be the beer for the hayfield. You could keep drinking it, were it not for its ABV.
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 The appearance alone is worth ten thousand words. The soft, wit-like yellow cream colored body, blends almost seamlessly with a large-bubbled white head which sits both deep in the glass and high on top sticking out. After a few minutes it has collapsed in on itself, leaving a thick and patchy coating of white sea foam clinging to the side of the glass. Watching this beer and its head settle, grow and die is like watching art being created. The pungent horseblanket, wheat, lemon grass and sweet buttery vinegar scents are immaculate. Close to the finest scent Iíve ever found in a beer. Whenever I drink saison, especially one with a nose like this, Iím always anticipating that punch of acidic, funky, concentrated heaven that you get from really good gueuze. Itís a rather weird situation when the palate is expecting gueuze but it gets... cream, flowers and yogurt? Not that Iím disappointed, but rather surprised, and it helps draw the drinker in, to convince you that you need to pay special attention to the nuances of this beer. It has the sourness of sour cream, meaning itís really not sour in the true sense of the word, but rather itís a mellow lactic acid creaminess, again like yogurt. one of the premier beers in the world.
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Merky yellow appearance, good head, fruit filled aroma, and tastes of pears, lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruit. Decently sour. Good smooth taste with a little twang on your tounge. I enjoyed this and it would probably go better with bacon and eggs than orange juice in the morning.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, light orange in appearance. Lots of carbonation when opening the bottle and subsequently in the glass. Nice, thick head. Tart and tangy, with bitter grassy notes. Estery perceptions at the finish. Not too acidic but rather I am overwhelmed by grassy/earth flavors.