mjg74 (2825) - 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 (7558) - 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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark ruby red with a fluffy white head. The aroma is strong but based on a saison, but definitely suped up. Sweet caramel, earthy hops, some very mild leatherish funk, fruity floral perfume and definite residual sweetness. The body is big and sticky sweet. The low carbonation gives the beer seemingly slow movement across the tongue. The sweetness brings out a mild exotic fruitiness of pineapple, mango and some light lychee. Hints of toasted bread add some more depth that comes with a little time. More sugary sweetness and strong fruity esters come out in the mouth. The yeast is fun and playful, but not what I’d expect from a true Saison. The bitterness is there, but is light and certainly overshadowed by the sticky, sweet malt. This didn’t really do much for me, other than show how much I don’t really enjoy some suped-up versions of traditional styles.