Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial de la bière 2011. Hazy straw with a thin white head with great retention. Aroma is sweet malt, slightly acidic notes, alcohol, yeast, floral and herbal notes. Flavor is alcohol, sweet pale malt, sugar (a bit cloying) yeast (mushroom), floral notes and a moderately bitter finish. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Could use a tad more attenuation. A good saison but the Saison Faucille is much better.
decaturstevo (5035) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw gold with frothy white head and lace. Aroma of straw, light brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor is light brown sugar, hay, yeastiness, and bread. Medium body with nice fizzy carbonation. Very nice.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle into a tulip. Aromas are lemon, coriander, bread, and some fruit. Pours a cloudy medium yellow with a thick white pillowy head with large bubbles. A beautiful beer for sure. Tastes are sweet bready yeasts up front, with hops on the back end. The spice is there but not dominant, and there is a boozy note that is surprising. Body is light to medium and the carbonation is high, perhaps a little over the top on that note. Overall, this is a very good and interesting saison, great for a summer evening.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Smells like coriander, lemon zest, yeast, soap. Pretty much like I would expect a good saison to smell like.
Appearance:Clear golden colored beer with enormous head filled with white fluffy bubbles.
Taste:It’s rather sweet for a saison. There’s some coriander, clove, ginger, and soap. Tons of complexity, and no off flavors.
Palate:Light to medium body. It tingles my tongue somewhat, more so than just the carbonation, which is also good.
Overall:This is a wonderful saison with lots of great flavors and complexity.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong citrus, lemon and orange, some wheat malts, bready yeast, pepper and spices, touch of alcohol. Pours a slightly hazy light golden, massive rocky white head, very good retention (several minutes) and lots of lacing. Very fruity flavor; lemon and orange, some banana, pepper, fairly strong alcohol note, some sweet malts and bread, slightly tart. Better attenuation than most state-side saisons, light-medium body, very high carbonation, very effervescent. Really a great saison.
scarletfire65 (955) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750, into a saison glass. Murky but bright golden, with huge live head. Aroma is very complex - fresh mown grass, peaches, pears, Brett funk, and spicy yeast. The mouth feel is medium bodied and very high, lively carbonation. Further examination reveals a steady stream of lively bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A very yeasty bottle conditioned beer - very much alive. The flavors are equally complex, sweet juicy orange, a palate of spices including pepper and clove, tangerine, banana, and some savory barnyard funk, though it is not as pronounced as I like in a saison. There is also some pronounced lemon. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing, with the spice and funk aspects coming to the forefront. Overall, very rustic and rural, and has a somewhat authentic Belgian feel, pretty good for an American saison. Not a Dupont or Fantome, but I enjoyed it.
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thx GT2. Pours yellow with a gigantic white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is floral/citrus hops, fruity saison yeast. Flavor is sweet, fruity yeast, spices. Finish is slightly bitter, mostly sweet, a bit boozy.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL. The pour is a cloudy, glowing light orange to gold with a towering, massive, sheen, rocky, ice cream head that is about five inches high and rockets out of the oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Huge retention and gobs of lace. Nose is soft vanilla, tangerine, sweet pineapple, peach ice cream with medium saison yeast esters akin to rain and petrichor. Very fresh, fruity, sweet in the nose. Taste is malty, doughy, oatmeal rich, lots of alcohol coming through with vanilla, spiced rum, lemon, tangerine. Very nice stuff albeit not as refreshing as Saison Dupont or even peppery/spicy. This is a bit sweeter, more boozy, lots more body, but retains tons of tropical fruit.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very solid, unassuming saison that pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big frothy head and is reminiscent, in many ways, of Ommegang’s Hennepin, although not quite as good. You get a bit of lemon and belgian yeast on the nose, and those flavors are predominate upon tasting. The hops come through, but not on the same level as with Hennepin. I like it, but I’d prefer a 4-pack of Hennepin for about the same price as a 750 of this.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a big two fingers of super frothy white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves behind a lot of lace as it slowly fades.
S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel and other citrus smells and some yeast. There is some light spices and some pepper alongside some straw. Touch of slight tart fruits and some funk also.
T - Starts off with some tart and slightly sour lemon and some Belgian yeast flavors. There is a bit of wheat in the background. Through the middle, some spices and pepper come out with a touch of tart fruit. The finish is a mix of lemon and some light spices and a touch of funk that lingers.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp. Has a nice dry mouthfeel to it throughout.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of complex flavors mix together for a really great beer. The spices and the yeast are really nicely incorporated into the other flavors for a really pleasant flavor profile.