egajdzis (5497) - 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 (3410) - 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 (9953) - 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.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Got a bottle whilest in Massachusetts. Clear clear golden color with almost no head. Yeasty aroma. Smooth lemony taste which seemed to become more prevelant as it warmed up. Good, but one of Smuttynose’s weaker beers.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid "4" beer, if ever there was one.
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy, orange / yellow color, with a thick, sticky, off white head. Aromas are of soft citrus fruit, some tropical fruit, and sweet malts. Some earthy hops in the background. Flavors are of soft citrus fruits, slight orange & tangerine flavors. Sweet malts, with earthy hops bite at the end. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Not as spicy as most Saisons, which is a refreshing change. Good beer overall.
jason (1692) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet araoma with malty, hoppy tones.
Pale orange color with thin head.
Flavor is jam packed and melow at the same time with low carbonation. Very malty with smooth hoppy tones.
Overall a good saison that goes well with food.