TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 bottle conditioned; one-and-a-half-year vintage: Yellowish gold. Sticky, fat and fluffy white head. Airy aroma touched with white grapes, peppery/leafy hops, perfume, toasted malt hulls, and leathery yeast. Fluffy, luxuriantly soft carbonation. Elegantly flavored with buttery herb notes and balancing soft malt sweetness. Lots of musty and chalky traits from the vibrant Dupont yeast. Assertively hoppy and juicy finish underlain with soft citrus, moss, honeydew, and bready malt flavors. A brilliantly executed Saison stamped with that unmistakable Dupont house yeast signature. After trying this version, I wonder why he even bothers to keg this stuff. Bottle-conditioning this is the only way to go.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft at the brewery. Cloudy blonde with medium head. Spicy coriander and clove with some bitterness. Smooth, decent. However something seems off, maybe something is lacking.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks quite weissy, bright hazy gold. Nose is sweet, a bit tart and sour. Starts quite saison, funky and yeasty, but the flavor vanishes in dryness. Has an odd, cloying tartness, but then has a nice aftertaste. Odd.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eric says the aged version of this beer is fantastic. All I can say is that they oughtn’t to put it out till it’s aged. Aroma: pears, yeast, honey-sweetness, white pepper, some lemon. Taste: peppers, alcohol, hot dogs, spice, finish is chalky, aftertaste metallic--eek! If there were a ghost on this label, it would have iron teeth and be breathing hot spicy flames. Let it age till the taste matches the aroma. Let it age!
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub. Near-opaque, cloudy light lemon-gold, lasting snowcap, much suspended yeast action. Bit hefe-like in the nose, bananas and cloves, but also hints of pepper, coriander and just a bit of farmhouse. Fairly sweet at first, but dries and gets quickly spicky. Smooth. Hints of vanilla and black pepper, thistle. Dominating and rough-textured in some ways, a bit hard to drink, but quite distinctive.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold color with an earthy, barnyard aroma with malt and spice. The taste was a bit sweet with some flavors of tangerine, dirt, grass, hops and spicy peppercorns. Sweeter than I care for.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a lot of hay and a huge yeastyness. Flavor is hay, bread dough/funky belgian yeastyness, with some slight fruit esters. I made a saison and had the yeast explode in my face and this is what it smelled like. If you like the yeast you will like this one.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeast, apple cider and lime aroma. Spritzy light pineapple, cloves and club soda body with a mossy melon-laced finish.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Bottled, from the brewer, poured a gold color with a large rocky, white head, left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart citrus, yeast, possibly some musty barnyard as well. Taste of orange peel and yeast with a spicy dry finish. Also some citrus (lemon) was noticed in the taste. This was awesome, you REALLY need to try an aged version of this saison, so age those bottles!!
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A complex, well balanced saison. Flavors of yeast, coriander, citrus, and wheat. Finished fairly smooth.