TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - corked and caged - courtesy of hopdog! Empties a vibrant gold, like an autumn sunset, with an eruption of foam. Very lively! The aroma instantly releases light buttery notes, wheat, light peppery hints, Belgian yeast, in-bloom flowers, light lemon meringue pie, and mild spices. Faint candyish fruits dance in the background. Taste blends lemon cheesecake, light buttered popcorn, hay bales, spices, Belgian yeast and a blossoming flowers. Light earthiness in spots and maybe a hint of perfume. Delicious! Body is light, arid and whispy, but still feels rounded and full. Finishes with light grains, lemon zest, light horseblanket, bit of earthiness, mild spices, yeast, and candied fruits. Very nice stuff! Surprisingly lower than expected ratings for this...
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 bottle. Lightly hazy, pale gold body sports an enormous, towering, pillowy head with incredible hang time. Complex spicy and yeasty aromatics with nuances of white and szechuan peppercorns, floral and barnyard notes, ginger, wheat, and clove. Flavorwise, the beer fails to impress, with subtle crisp buttery/rye cracker malt, wet slate, watermelon rind, soap, nutmeg and fresh cilantro leaves. Thin, airy, foamy palate. The long mild aftertaste is a little spicy and a lot metallic. A real letdown after that great bouquet.
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a classy brew! A tad sweet. Rich cloud of a head. Amazing body. This beer is big party, wraped in a one pint bottle. Enjoy!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather sweet aroma has some woody and floral notes. Clear golden body is topped by a low white head that recedes to cover and coats the glass. Fairly spicy, peppery, coriander flavour with grassy, haylike hop character and light bitterness. Medium light body with lively strong carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, egajdzis, Eyedrinkale, MartinT, Rastacouere and Yowie.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Brewery. Poured a clear, but solid looking golden body with a small white head. The nose was very peppery. Flavor was bready with coriander, pepper, and clove. A shake of hops. good way to end the Summer OF Saisons.
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark gold body, wearing a medium sized white head. Soapy hop/yeast carbonation appears both woody and herbal in the nose, but further studies reveal appealing candyish honey malts and underlying spices that, in mouth, take the shape of mustard seeds, coriander and sage. Developping a soft grassy bitterness, but despite full carbonation, it canít hide its insufficient attenuation and therefore wins most of its saison character from the spices. Medium bodied, foamy texture. Too bad they didnít have any of those famed bottles yet.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark gold color with a thin ring of white lace. Aroma of spices with farmhouse character. Decent barnyard flavor with spices. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. A decent effort but it doesnít quite have the authenticity of true Belgian Saison.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 On tap at the brewpub:
This appears to be filtered? If so, I really donít understand why. Oranges and coriander are abundant but donít leave any room for more perfumes to show up. This will be a straightforward, spicy, and clean malt example.
Peaches and oranges trample the honeyed malt back. Low carbonation and hefty malts point to an American heritage rather than Belgian, which isnít what I was looking for in this beer. Toasted malts fall into hop bitterness, but there isnít much mop flavor to link them.
Imitating the greats is a daunting task. 3.4/5
Now this is much better. I donít know if this is all the work of bottle conditioning, but whatever. The farmhouse character is authentic, the lively carbonation fits the style, the wet haystack and fruity esters (banana bubblegum) admirably merge with the herbal, spicy hops and the yeast just works. A very good Saison, better than some Belgian examples. 3.8/5
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a light hazy gold with mild streams of carbonation coming up to the top. Solid white head does not want to yield to the surronding pressure. Spotty and streaky lacing abound.
Smell is of slight barnyard funk mustiness with apple skin, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest with perhaps just a touch of bananas.
Taste is of the same aromas matched with that slight funkiness.
Mouthfeel is dry with some of the lemony zest and coriander peaking quickly before the dry finish.
This is going to be the shiznit when bottled. Only a few weeks away.
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft, Phoenixville location. Poured a golden straw with nice 1/2 head. Aroma of banana, spices, belgian yeast. Flavor is ok with a general spicyness, wheat, clove, and with a very mineral finish. Palate was the highling of this beer for me, nice velvety mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but it lacks intensity on every front. None of the barnyard/complex flavors and aromas of a true Belgian Saison. As if brewed not to offend anyone. Very clear pour, needs more yeast and funk in there. Whereís the funk?