mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HDG. Deep yellow in color with a nice white fluffy head. Sweet and yeasty aroma. Coriander notes. Banana and spicey flavor. Clove, peppery. Very smooth. Finish is spicey. Tasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at HDG. Apricot with a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and estry. Taste is banana and light pepper. Smooth and tasty. A good american attempt.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle via trade with DocLock - Thanks Jeff! - Pours dark amber with a nice fluffy white head that stayed pretty well and laced the sides of the tulip well and bubbles rise to the top from the bottom. Aromas of yeast, dough, spice, and floral hops. Flavor is quite earthy notes of yeast, dough, spice, pleasant floral hops and even a touch of candi sugar. Palate is light airy and smoothly drinkable. This is good stuff. I’m really finding myself liking this style more and more the more that I try!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Winooski Beverage (May 2006), imbibed at cellar temperature or slightly below to start, from a La Chouffe tulip. A largish soft, creamy fine-bubbled off-white head tops the pale luminous clear golden body and leaves rich thick residue as it quite slowly decays....very fruity, soft, herbal-accented aroma, mandarin oranges and apricots, fennel and a bit of thyme amongst the damp earthy wafts.....the body is unsurprisingly quite sweet, lightly alcoholic with a somewhat syrupy feel throughout, a bit too sugary really with some character of unfermented sugar and none of the dryness towards the finish that you’d associate with the style, though the same loamy damp noticed in the aroma works for me....lightly smoky, citric (sweet oranges) and a touch bitter towards the end....the yeast seems more appropriate to a tripel, more sugary-caramel-sweet and ripe-fruity with barely a hint of grassy roughness....drinkable with a nose much more appealing than the flavor.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful bright orange color - initial aroma of lemon zest and orange, quickly overtaken by tart yeastiness, herbs/grass/hay, and a light toastiness - big time herbal flavor, with some hints of wheat and other grain -mild sourness, balanced by a gentle malt sweetness - coriander, orange peel, some pear/peach flavors - mild yet complex, as any great saison should be - impressive.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great-looking beer! Thick, frothy head over a crystal clear orange body. The aroma is full and spicy with orange peels and grass. There’s an interesting smokiness to the flavor that I didn’t expect. Medium sweetness with a medium dose of hops and a gentle maltiness. The grassiness stands out. Slightly bitter and slightly sweet finish that stays with you for awhile. I can definetly notice some Belgian qualties, I guess from the Saison yeast they used.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden with a thin and short lasting off white head. Aroma was bready with hints of floral hops, citrus, wheat, candi sugar and brett. Hints of pinapple and cantaloupe show up in the very sweet taste. Palate is bitter with a good tropical fruit base. Overall quite good.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on draft at Stirling Hotel to a nicegolden color with a quicly dissappearing head.The smell was slightly sweet and malty.The flavors were also sweet and malty with a slight hoppy aftertase.This is a good one.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 [2006 bottle] Pours a clear, syrupy golden color. Aroma is bready yeast and fruits. Flavors are complex- sweet, borderline overly sweet. Nice yeast presence. Finishes kind of spicy, with floral hop notes. I really enjoy this one- another respectable brew from Smuttynose.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, at Dickinsonbeer’s pre-TAP gathering. wish I knew who to thank, as I love Saisons. deep golden color, sweet malty and yeasty aroma. flavor is malty sweet for a saison, but there is also a light hop flavor, which is also unique for this style. bitterness is light, also some yeastyness.