jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper-gold with a large nearly-white head. Citrusy, yeasty aroma with a good deal of hay and spices. Earthy flavor with a lightly tart citrus middle and a dry, grassy finish. Good mouthfeel: properly spritzy, but the spritziness develops in the mouth, allowing the taste of the beer to come forward without impediment. Very well done.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(2006 Vintage) The nose is very vinous, which is appropriate for the style. Head and lace are at first thick and full, but they quickly dissipate. The palate is too sweet and too low on the CO2 for the style. It taste like this beer is fermented with the same yeast that their winter ale was fermented with. The yeast imparts a spiciness to the brew. This beer is almost there, but in the end, it is too sweet. For me this style should be airy and refreshing, not cloying.
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from 2006. A hazy orange/gold pour with a big, creamy light-tan head that leaves some sparkling lace down the sides of my tulip glass. Musty aroma of orange peels, coriander, lemons, cloves, pepper and yeastiness. Medium to thin-bodied and slightly overly carbonated. Initial tastes are quite floral with some honey, candied sugar and lemon/lime. A musty, slightly dry finish that features some pepper and a hint of alcohol. Not bad, but there are plenty of much better saisons out there. I’m a big fan of the style.
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a lightly hazy, orange gold color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of barnyard, leather, citrus, orange peel, cardamom, chamomile, coriander, and grains of paradise. Taste of citrus fruits, candi sugar, vanilla, earthy yeast, orange peel, white pepper (or grains of paradise), and light alcohol as well.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber, fizzy light tan head. Nose held muted tones of bread, spices, lemon, vanilla, and faint banana. Belgian-esque flavors are well noted with hints of orange peel, spices, woodsiness, and soft vanilla notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, fruity finish. A good change of pace for me anyway..
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the "2nd Richmond Gathering." Usually I love Smuttynose beers, but this came up a bit short somehow. Medium gold, slight head, clear. Floral sweet aroma, chamomille notes as well. Flavor is balanced, floral, pepper, and faint spice, with a bit of honey. Not bad. All the saison flavors are there, but somehow, it isn’t quite right. To make a gross generalization, American brewers really seem to have a hard time with this style. Its like they throw together all the right ingredients, but in the end, it just doesn’t come out quite right.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Hazy, deep golden ale with a mid-sized, wispy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is of coriander, mandarin orange and wood. Well-balanced flavor of sweet malt, tart yeast and bitter hops; the hops are a distant third. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. Fruity, tangy finish. Too spicy for my nose and palate, but a quality brew nonetheless.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Belgian-like aroma, bread and yeast are very evident along with the typical light fruit accents. Golden body with a white head. Clean as well, with light fruits and some malt accents. Cool ending.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 On tap on 08/29/2008. Clear golden body with a small frothy white head. Sweet spice, and belgian candi sugar. Citrusy flavor, lots of spice and candi sugar. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Bottle on 05/27/2006. Clear golden color with a small frothy white head. Aroma of spice and Candi sugar. Sweet flavor, lots of spice, some lemons, and a touch of Candi sugar.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. Slightly hazy golden color with a thin film of white head. Candied pineapple and clove ester aromas. Complex spicy flavors, with fruit and clove and peppery yeast ester components. Grain of paradise and residual fruitiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth but not very dry.