whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Triumph Philly. Solid golden-metallic body and a clean white head. Aroma of fresh grain, with citrus and herbal highlights. Flavor is mostly dry and spicy, with additional notes suggesting lavendar and vanilla, not my favorite qualities in a beer. This is a well-made saison, regardless.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-bottle courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, sampled in November of 2006: Pours a hazy copper with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Complex earthy floral peppery spiced aroma has a good sweet biscuity malty presence. Body starts sweet and full with a floral hop flavor and bitter earthy balance with lots of bready yeast. True to style and enjoyable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Very floral and yeasty aroma. Spiced notes with a sweet malt. Malty sweet flavor with yeasty spice notes. Dry finish with a medium body.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is hazy golden yellow with a thin white head...smell is spicy with clove and corriander like a white?...taste is spicy and yeasty with some banana flavor...interesting, but not delicious...
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 2006 bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer at BCTC ’06.
A white head descends atop a hazy brass-golden body, and is initially large and somewhat stable, but fades rather quickly to partial cover, while providing some adequate lacing. Very low clarity.
Hints of dry esters and light acids quickly succumb to spicing. All too quickly for a saison, as the yeast is not able to be fully grasped in the aroma. Fresh and peppery, with hints of vanilla notes from the yeast and a touch of lemon, but there seems to be a large amount of dullness working against the otherwise well-attenuated, fairly dry nose. Could be a heavy yeast presence, could be wheat or other adjuncts, but whatever it is, it dulls the snappiness and I can find little excitement in what the coriander provides in overabundance. Hops are herbal, with trace amounts of bitterness and there do some to be some lightly tart fruity notes, but it just dosent have that noble, wise, distinctive yeast character so often lacking in American interpretations. Tends towards fruity and spicy and less crisp, dry and tart. Even the malt is somewhat subdued/jumbled, without the usual soft honey suggestions.
The flavor, while certainly not exhibiting any flaws, again leans heavily on the coriander and what may be other spices (not sure). Certainly it is chewy, lightly astringent at times and rather acidic in combination with the peppery coriander, on the finish. Hop crispness could provide relief, but instead, there is a lightly tart, fruity note on the end, that is entangled with almost bready malt sweetness. Seems more like a wit mixed with a Belgian golden ale. Don’t get much of a classic saison here. I agree with Paul, the yeast strain used is questionable. Still, for an American "spiced ale" or "American saison", it serves its purpose, further supported by the fact that the brewer’s intentions seem to make nothing more than a refreshing wit-hybrid. Still could use more dryness through and through. Slightly creamy after warming is the mouthfeel, whereas the carbonation takes a little while to calm down to appropriate levels. No alcohol apparent in aroma or flavor.
Again, nothing against the beer or the brewer, but I judge all saisons against the classic Belgian producers to which this gives little competition.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Hope. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a medium white head. Aroma is spicy, phenolic, coriander, light citrus and orange peel but not exaclty what I would expect in a saison. Flavor is lightly fruity and sweet iwth a moderate carbonation. Some light spice throughout, but nothing too funky about it. Seems like maybe they didnt use the traditional saison yeast strain?
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at New Hope. Golden in color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma. Banana and clove notes. Citrusy and coriander. Spicey citrusy flavor. Refreshing. Light tasting. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the New Hope location. Hazy golden, nice white head. Citrussy banana clove coriander aroma. Spicy citrus banana clove flavors. A little piney. Light and refreshing, weiss or witt like.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
06.16.05 Tap at New Hope. Absolutely beautiful pour, dark straw, opaque in its haze, with a tall creamy head which slowy fades in rocky irregularity. Sheeting lace. Delicious, juicy aromas of pear juice, weedy coriander. Light to medium bodied that seems to fill out as it come sup to temp. Served too cold for my liking, so I had to let it sit for a while. It’s a tart beer, fruity, good yeastiness is both spicy and ripe. The yeast reminds me of the recent Triumph abbey tripel. Wow! what a delicious and refreshing quaffer for summertime. I’ve got to give props to Triumph for being the only brewpub in NJ to consistently try new styles and do it well at that. What other BP in the state right now has on an Impy Stout, Saison, Gruit, and Vienna besides the usual amber, IPA, and wheat? Awesome. Back to the beer...hints of lemongrass and this is indeed reminiscent of a witbier, only more tart and yeasty. I would have liked a drier finish, but the solid tart bite cleans it all up. I bought a growler.
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, citrus, orange peel, and coriander. Taste of citrus, lemon, more orange peel and coriander, and a touch of alcohol in the finish.