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 (1737) - 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.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a great golden color with a nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity with notes of pear and apricot. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste is sugary and sweet, with accents of honey. A mild and drinkable beer for its style, its not my favorite Saison but it’s definitely a great beer,
adrian910ss (2429) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a golden orangey color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of fresh spices, fruit, yeast and a hint of wheat. Taste is spicy with hints of banana, nutmeg, bread dough, yeast and dates. Excellent and the alcohol content isn’t too high which makes for more drinking of this gem.
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 2006 bomber shared with SuIIy on 5/2206.
Frothy sponge-cake colored head is not dense, but provides web-like lacing as it recedes. Hangs about at a half-finger in height and eventually fades. No sediment on the bottom, a bit filtered unfortunately, but very well bottle-conditioned. Body is a brassy-tangerine orange, with some light blood orange tints and alternately, some lighter golden strands as well. A respectable appearance, but it’s no overwhelming, full, dense, perfectly retained head like you see on some of the best Belgian saisons.
The nose is deeply perfumey, with plenty of delicate esters and dry, flower-petal-like clean Belgian yeast notes. Some minor meatiness does follow up on the end, breaking the dryness, but still adding an earthy, nearly funky level to it. Unfortunately, if it was just reserved to the dry, delicate pils malt and refreshing, tightly-citrus -estered yeast, I think it would be more successful. The aroma is strong though, and no alcohol is noted (and no ginger, thank god).
Flavor is a bit sweeter than I was hoping for, I will have to admit, so right away, I wasnt impressed by the attenuation level, though I wouldnt go as far as to say I was disappointed by it either. Still, it dosent compete with some of the best of Belgium. Not nearly as dry as Dupont Classic. Almost more like Dupont Foret, though in flavor (yeasty, sweet, nearly-meaty). Certainly it needs less filtration. The carbonation is on (fairly tight and engaging, with tiny bubbles), but the mouthfeel could be more supple were it not for the filtration. Rather have a bam biere, if given the choice, as I see that as more dry, refreshing drink.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. pours a copper, amber color. very transparent with no haze. light spicy aroma with hint of caramel malts. flavor is similar. spice, and earthy tones, finnishes clean. very easy to drink. hope they still have this stuff around when its summer. this would be great on a hot day next to the grill/ pool.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a bright redish color with a white foamy head. Nose is light apricot, some pepper hints, more dried fruit notes, and some light yeast notes. Palate is full with some tingly carbonation. Flavors of light dried fruits, some yeasty notes, a nice sweetness with a bit of sugar and honey.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: A clear gold pour with a nice bleach white head that lingers. Aroma of yeast, gum, a bit of banana and coriander. The tastes matches the aroma and has a medium body that is creamy on the palate. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Clean finish. A nice Saison and one of the better American versions of the style.