muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared with some Quebecois and Ontrarians at the Montreal YeHa 2006 tasting, from a McAuslan glass. Small but stable head provides a bit of lace atop the solid amber-gold body....acerbic, earthy, dry herbal nose, hints of lime and damp clay alongside wild grasses and faint touches of thyme & rosemary.....dry, mineralic and chalky body, strangely and interestingly salty and redolent of the sea; more typical orangepeel and other spices are present but quite muted.....granitic and limey and a bit difficult to drink at the end, this is certainly not the most "sessionable" saison to me, but really quite beautiful and with barely any sweetness, a refreshing change from most American versions....moderate to strong carbonation. Another winner from one of the better American brewers of Belgian styles; I suspect that a few months will soften this a bit and may create a more drinkable, open and rounded drink, though it may lose complexity and spiciness? We’ll see....
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Styles. Clear medium golden colored with a massive white head that doesn’t look like it’s ever going to die down. Funky yeast, touches of wheat. Amazingly dry, earthy bitterness kicks in at the middle and finish to wash away some initial sweetness. Very well done.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Amazingly rich, sweet, tart, acidic, smooth - I’m pulling out every word for this beer but they all fit. Light oily sugar nose, spicy wheat and yeast full in the nose. Creamy, tart, light, active, lively on the tongue. Simply amazing. What I always wanted Hennepin to be.
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, nice saison. Another fantastic beer from Southampton; I would like to try this one when it’s not December, perhaps sitting outside in the July sun. Crisp wheatish tinge to this beer too, 7.4% is nowhere to be found.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy bright yellow-amber color with a generous rocky white head, one of the best looking beers around. Aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon, clove. Flavor is bread, clove, grass, acidic. Palate is medium-full, highly carbonated, friuty, dry finish. Outsatnding, one of my favorites of this year.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a large airy head. Aroma of fruit - pears, peppery/clove spices, and cereal. Dusty palate with faint alcohol presence. Quite dry and bready with yeast characteristic fruitiness. Sparkling carbonation. Solid, though not outstanding.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick gia-normous, white, pillow top head accompanied by a hazy, dirty-golden-yellow body. Nose is full of yeast, wheat, barnyard, lemon and clove. Flavors include bread, grass, nutmeg and spice. Chewy mouth-feel and quite earthy. Merry C-mas to me from my hunies.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle as pictured, thanks to a trade with hopdog(you’re the man!). Served into a Duvel goblet, we have a hazy body the hue of ripe banana skins. Body is animated with tiny bubblies. Hefty vanilla head is very sturdy, eventually stabilizng at 2 cm, and becoming rocky and pitted. Lacing is of the island chain and satin bedsheet variety. Aroma is coriander, white pepper, cirtusy lemon, with a cornucopia of idyllic pasture notes. Earhty and herbal hop and yeast characteristics roll you around in the grass, evoking thoughts of a mountain pasture in springtime, teeming with sheep. Some are freshly shorn. Lovely! Medium body has a spritzy and velvety feel. Taste is intense and relaxing. Dry herbal bitterness benefits from the subtle hop and yeast profile. Mild spicing seems to be coriander, white pepper, and mint. Citrusy lemon is enhanced by a note of tangerine. Orangepeel bitterness joins for the finish, as does a dirty note of baked sheep dung and recently shorn wool. Exceptional in all respects. Rivals the better Belgians of the style. Whee!
TaktikMTL (5705) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille, de 750 ml avec bouchon de liège, partagée dans le cadre du "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de zeste de citron, de romarin et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes avec une pointe de poire. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Arrière goût légèrement astringent. (Rating #799)
probstblueribbon (2897) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: med. straw, sl. cloudy, fluffy white head. Aroma: a bit of honey, spice and cat pee, tangy, a little malt, herbal and leathery. Palate: very effervescent, somewhat thin and a little astringent. Flav.: immediate tartness, bracingly bitter finish, herbal, mineral, sl. sweetness. This is too complicated for my amateur palate and I think I need more experience to rate it properly...