otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: freshly bottle with a best-by date of 2014, it shows in her massively vivacious pour. About ľ beer and the rest foam which takes her sweet time fading. Aside from being overly rambunctious she was a lovely hazy orange and gold hue with a soft meringue like head which left layer upon layer of lace along the sides of my glass.
Nose: floral, dry herbs, dry straw, baled hay, lemon and orange pith, lemon grass, dewdropped blades of green grass, and spices. Take, shake, smell, and enjoy.
Palate: despite her still rather vivacious carbonation thanks to her living and very active yeast, she provided a full rich and chewy mouthfeel. Dry underneath with spice in the finish and lingering in the breath. Contributing to her zesty dryness are orange and lemon skin, rose petals for a floral touch, and dry herbs. While not a greenhouse in bloom, the rose and lavender is a gentle essence of spring and the bounty she brings us. Dewy grass blades bring to mind a sunrise of greenery while chewy breads moist emerge from the town bakerís oven. Orangey sweet in the middle then dry; like sucking the meats and juices off the inside of a sliced orange. soft and imposing at the same time.
Final Thoughts: having had a bottle of this recently, her vivacity has settled down some and her palate has changed a bit but she has a ways to go. I can tell that she has only begun the magical mythical transformations that bottle-conditioning with life yeast blesses brews such as the Saison with. Suffice to say, Iím looking forward to future tastings; similar and different all at once.<
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vas Foremost. Nothing like another Southampton and another saison to try. Pours a reasonably clear pale yellow with a huge, billowy head. Nose is very nice. Floral, spicy, citrus and bread. Some CO2 is in the nose as well. Musty and yeasty. White pepper as well. On taste, a fair amount of alcohol warms you, more white pepper, a lot of pils malt as well. Sweet and citrusy, light melon notes as well. Pretty great Saison.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sweet and spicy both softly in the nose. The color is deep orange with a creamy decent head on top. The flavor of a bit of sweet citrus with some funk to round out the palate.
Elwood (2904) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors.
Aroma: The nose has bits of perfume, green grass, and light florals. A bit of yeastiness as well. Quite nice.
Appearance: It pours a pale, yellow-green color with a foamy, white head. Great head retention.
Flavor: The taste has some biscuity yeast, a light honeysuckle note, and some lemon meringue.
Palate: Light in body with a coating mouthfeel. There is abundant soft carbonation leading to a lingering honey-floral finish.
Overall: A great example of the style and highly recommended.
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle @ Konttori. Rated @ 21.8.2010.
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a medium white head. Fruity on the nose with citrus, spices and grains. Mild yeast notes. The taste is very rich; refreshing fruitiness, spices, fresh hops and barnyard. Medium bodied, well-rounded mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Best Southampton brew that Iíve tasted.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of wild herbs including mint and some coriander. taste is fizzy and a little soapy. also getting the dusty like flavor. equal part hoppy and malty. good stuff
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is typical for the style with dust, grass, corn like malt, and a touch of fruit and cheese. The appearance is hazy gold with a huge head. The palate is average for the style. Overall a good example of a style I am not in love with but fairly enjoyable none the less.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful wine like aroma with tons of fruit, malt and a slight hop presence in the background. The flavor was sweet fruit and yet tart at the finish. Just a hint of hops to dry things out. Excellent.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazed gold with a medium sized white head. Hay, spicy paper. Big carbonation, sweet candy and paper. Toffee and caramel, faint musk. Soft musk, and wheat on the finish. Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more from it.
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a golden straw color with a bigger head than I would have expected. Very fluff white head. Strong aroma of belgian yeast and floral notes. Slight alcohol notes in the nose. Lots of lace with a lot of carbonation. Pretty smooth well balanced taste of belgian yeast flavors with some floral type tastes. Not bad but the abundance of carbonation really kills it for me.