eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Re-rate (5/07), draft at FBC in Flagstaff, over two years after first experiencing this in a bottle: The pour was a nice effervescent, sparkling straw color with a nice thin off-white head and some haziness, yet not cloudy. The aroma was wonderful, some yeast, but nice hops, citrus notes, not a lot of funk going on. The flavor was excellent, a nice wheaty element, citrus notes, bready, and a peppery hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was dry, yet for a saison not so much, enough to leave a nice crisp and refreshing cleanness to the finish. The latter is so nice and drinkable, this is up there at the top of my now more deep saison experiences. Itís not complex and wonít give the Fantomeís a run for their money on creativity, but in terms of refreshing drinkablility (something I enjoy in a saison), spot on. Bumping the aroma up. Original rating (4/05): I was highly disappointed when I popped the cork on this one: pure skunk smell. Combine that with the green bottle and I was about to throw the $5 bottle against the wall. However, the pour improved my perception with a nice head and a great unfiltered golden appearance with sediment floating around (I love that look, personally). The flavor was darned good. Typical yeasty and maltiness like a heffe or even witbeer. Yet, this one was not flowery or fruity and was more dry with a hops presence. Mouthfeel was hearty with substantial carbonation. I enoyed this one (my first "saison"), but probably wonít return at the price.
keenimeeni (7) - KINGSTON, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A refreshing drinking experience, enjoyed outside in warmish weather with plenty of deli delight finger food. Let down by not being exciting or a standout, itís a noteworthy Belgium beer all persons should try and pass verdict; sure to be reviewed again in the near future
9er (62) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eh! This Belgian ale is definitely hoppy, but only slightly. The metallic bitterness is a taste that is not my thing. The floral brew fall short of my expectations. Ok, imagine a table wine, designed to wet your whistle without altering your taste-buds all that much. The lightness here is simply not for a seasoned beer drinker. This is a bit more spruce, and grass than I would ever prefer.
tadahster (100) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of yeast, very cloudy, grassy and farmhouse funky, some soap, some bitterness, spicy pepper, citrus.
Rock_Buffalo (9) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A relatively complex Belgian Farmhouse Ale with deliciously smooth lingering notes.
Pizd (368) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle): Pours a murky gold with a white head. Aroma of grass, yeast, citrus zest. Flavour is packed full of yeast, grass, citrus fruits, herbs, pepper. Nice bit of sweetness to take the edge off the sour flavours. Refreshing bitterness and aftertaste has great staying power. Very drinkable.
rok1024 (749) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden orange appearance with medium head and some sedimentation. Fruity and yeasty aromas, balanced sweetness, rich palate with long finish. Great Saison style beer.
bgb1991 (57) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pear aroma. Great lacing. Crisp on the palate rounded off by yeasty body. Again taste of pear. Diggin it.
jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Pale gold with a large white head. Aroma is of light skunk (friggen green bottles), hemp, lemon zest, pepper, spicy yeast notes. Taste is of white pepper, coriander, light peach and lemon notes, bitter florals, and grain. Nice and dry. Respect your beer...use brown bottles or cans!
travita (3499) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is clear, whitish head, and golden in color. The smell is yeasty, skunky, fruit, spice, and ok. The taste is bubbly, yeast, fruit, and dry.
witthatsbier (136) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours golden with frothy white head that lingers
aroma is sweet grain
taste starts sweet then becomes bitter with a long dry bitter finish
body is medium with fair bit of carbonation
overall a nice beer reckoned to be the standard bearer for saisons but there are better out there