strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little on the bitter side for my taste and left a bit of a nasty aftertaste as well. Not the best Saison I’ve encountered and I’d consider it a bit overrated. Go for the Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux instead
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.
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus flavor with a lot of fluffy white head and a hazy yellow body. Another goody from Southampton.
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.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a clear pale gold with a huge white head that fades halfway pretty quickly, but slows down, and leaves huge chunks of lacing as it goes. nutty malt smell with a lot of coriander, which does a good job hiding the fresh spring morning backdrop that the yeast are trying to create. light fruit (oranges, white grapes, pears, and apples) notes occasionally reveal themselves, but the spice is too assertive for them to play a big role. in the taste, the nutty malt is again the dominant component, and again the spice ruins what appears like it would be a pretty solid ester profile. light, dry finish, some bitterness from the spice, and a bit of some hop bitterness, very little sweetness, fairly light body, kind of a surprising resinous mouthfeel. rather astringent. very bubbly. i didn’t really notice much in the way of tartness, and there’s no noticeable brett, either. it’s a good beer, though my tone might suggest otherwise. i am just personally tired of the beers where the yeast might create a unique and wonderful character but they kill it with too much spice. still, every fan of belgian golden ales ought to give it a try.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am not much of a fan of the saisons...at least not yet, but I thought this was really good. A vibrant yellow color with a vigorous carbonation. Lots of spicy yeast in the flavors with all sorts of zestyiness and lemons/cirtus. Very refreshing and even shows a little bit of the funk in the flavors. It was pretty good, highly recommended for a saison and it was very refreshing.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
right up there with any saison out there. nice citrus quality along with the usual spiciness and breadiness seemed over-carbonated in the bottle, lots of foam inside...yet when poured was carbonated perfectly. like another rater said...might not be worth paying more for than dupont for being right around the same quality
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden with big white head. Aroma: Yeast and citrus. Flavor: Spices and yeast.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy yellow pour with a very large beige head. Belgian yeast strikes you, with some light citrus notes. High in carbonation, and just overall good drinkin. Nice middle session beer.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured yellow with a pillowy white head. A bit sweet initially, but mellows and balances out nicely. Tart/bitter towards the end but finishes nice and cleanly. Great beer.