TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Pours a very nice lightly hazy medium golden with a large fluffy white head that left a thick rocky lacing down the sides of the glass. Head also stuck around the whole time. Small floaties. Aroma was a mix of belgian spices, yeast, some tropical fruits, even some darker fruits, lemony and some sugary malts. Flavor was peppery up front with some grains, citrus, farmhouse, yeast, spices and banana. Tingly carbonation at first but then it smoothed out more so than others of the style. Also picked up a light bitterness. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I have another bottle to let sit around for a little while plus the fact that I live so close to the brewery!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 750ml bottle courtesy of zathrus13. Pours a bright yellow color with a frothy white head and very active carbonation. Yeasty banana aromas with some very evident bubblegum notes and spice. Thick malty flavor with a slight astringency. Lemongrass, spices, malt, bubblegum, clove and banana make up the flavor. Nice.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours a urine tainted neon yellow with a white head. yeastastic aroma of grains of paradise or corriander or something, a really great spicy nose. first taste bites me then i compensate for the crappy mouthfeel of pine needles. lemon pear and blueberry come out in this in an bad balance for me.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a golden body with a nice white head. The aroma is lemony, spicy, yeasty, bananas. The flavor is lemons, nice hoppiness, yeasty. The palate is very sharp. Over-carbonated and very hard to drink because of that.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thanks to footbalm for the trade. Pours a beautiful golden brown with a nice white head. WoW, what a mouthfull. Very carbinated and dry were my first impressions. Has a bitter, zesty taste. Notes of lemon and grapefruit. Not sure what else to get out of it really. This is my first Saison. Not to bad. I guess I will just have to try some more to appreciate it more.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful golden straw yellow with a slight haze and a nice fluffy long lasting head and kickass lace. When it is cold, the aroma is almost no-existant, but when it warms it actually becomes very nice and is remarkably similar to a traditional saison like Dupont. Must be the exact dupont strain. Aroma is the traditional saison character- slightly salty, leather, sweet malt and spicy phenols, that get very powerful as it reaches cellar temps. Flavor is nice and phenolic, spicy light pepper, clove, more leather and farmhouse notes, and moderately bitter. Finishes very smooth and very dry- exactly to style. This is a perfect American interpretation of a Belgain saison. The next bottle I get, I will have side-by-side with a dupont to see which is better. This is much much better than I expected. I have already decided that the next time I see a case of this, I will buy it.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Doclock, hopdog.
Pours yelow with a huge lasting white head. Smells perfumey with flowers, some grass, sugar, and lemons as the most obvious. Tastes of wheat, coriander, some really nice rosey elements and a spicey finish. Reminded me of something Fantome would make. Many thanks for this one!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
glossy golden yellow color, clear with tons of bubbles racing up the body. fairly thin pillowy tall white head. aroma is yeasty malt and funky citrus rind like kumquat. very high carbonation, the first bottle was a gusher. starts a bit dry and yeasty, but gets malty sweet like rock candy syrup. finish is back to dry and some white pepper. nice crowd pleaser.
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 All hopped up on Goldings and ready for summer, Sly Fox put their own spin on this classic farmhouse style by adding a plentiful bitter finish courtesy of classic English hops. With a yeasty aroma and towering white head, this brew almost stings the tongue with tight active carbonation, and bop bitterness. Fruity and peppery throughout, this is a very American take on a very Belgian style.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This saison pours a light gold color from a 22 oz special ’wedding gift’ bottle, shared by egajdzis at O’Brien’s. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly spicy, somewhat fruit and sweet. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and sweet, slightly spicy. Sweet and spicy, somewhat floral, with a touch of pepper. Light and refreshing beer. Nice saison. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.