vyvvy (4736) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think a lot of the people rating this had a different beer than I did - this was quite good. Pours dark bronze with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is spicy with slight sourness (lambic-ish) and grapes. There is also some vinious and earthy qualities. Flavor starts out with earthy wooden flavors mixed with a plum / apricot flavor. Finish has some spicy hops and viniousness traits coming out. It is medium / full bodied with semi-sharp carbonation. As it warms anise starts coming into the picture and passion fruit and hop element are more in front. Very nice saison.
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of yeastiness. Some sours candies as well. Somewhat bitter up front with some sourness as well. Some earthy almost champagne-like qualities. Some bitter maltiness. Bitter and malty finish. A little sour as well.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a loosely-knit white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is horsey, biscuity malts, cherry-pie, with some acidity. Body is med-light. The flavors are mealy, rustic, stinky cheese with that very recognizable bretta-bruxellensis flavor of sour pie cherries. Finish is mildly bitter but not very dry as the style suggests.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown- nice tan head-lemon grass, hay, bread, maple syrup nose- sweet, sour, brown sugar, dark sour cherries- fresh slightly bitter aftertaste
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Medium amber color with a large rocky white head that collapses quickly. Mildy musty fruitcake aroma: old citrus, cherries, and earthy spice. Chalky, rough textured cherries and sharp spiciness in the flavor. Mulling spice flavors then manifest, and linger into the finish with a peppery orange character. Mouthfeel is a medium, rather thick for the style and more astringent than dry.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bananas, apples, clove, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body and gentle carbonation. The flavor was a blend of spiced fruit warmed by the alcohol. Mediocre.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear ruby color with a full and lasting off-white head. After warming up a bit it released some aromas of dark cherries and holiday spices. Flavor starts out like a sweet cherry pie they a hoppy bitterness joins in and finishes out with a very unappealing chalkiness. The finish is hard to explain and is unlike any beer I have had before. This is definately not a saison and really not that enjoyable.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head. The flavor is malt and caramel with a chalky finish. This was not a typical saison - it was darker and much more malty than one would expect. It was worth drinking, but not much more.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 750 mL bottle, corked & caged (fresh): clear, dark golden orange. A fluffy ivory cream persists at about a quarter inch. Candy sugar aroma with light wheat, red apples, and yeasty funkiness. The flavour seems dark and almost distant - buttery chocolate yeast along with some spicy wheat and over-ripe bananas. You know, I enjoyed this drink - but I wouldn’t recommend it for someone looking for a Saison - much closer to a fruity dubbel...
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber/mahogany with 2 finger off white head. Aroma is quite nice, but nothing like a saison, more belgian dubbel almost. Plenty of caramel, dark fruit, tiny bit of floral, and very faint yeast, but caramel/sweet malt really dominates everything. Flavor is all caramel through and through, barely able to detect anything else. Faint banana and spice but not much else. Really isn’t a bad beer, just not a saison. Sweetness becomes very cloying by the end of the bottle.