Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 Bottle from marché Omni.Hazy straw with a medium white head with good retention. Aroma is Very herbal with yeast, spices and belgian malt and some sugar. Flavor is herbs, moderate citrus, classic Unibroue yeast which brings spicy notes, belgian malt, coriander, sugar. Medium body with lively carbonation. Nice refreshing blonde that have the potential to introduce beerophobics to the Unibroue family. Even though saison is probably the style with the biggest differences from one beer to another, I would consider this one as more of a belgian blonde ale than a saison.
probstblueribbon (2864) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from Marche Omni, served cold in a Duvel globe.
App.: Cloudy deep golden with a nice bright white froth.
Aroma: Quite yeasty, a little sharp, some minty herbs reminiscent of basil and tarragon, a little floral honey, some lemon and citrus, more Belgian Ale than Saison, in my opinion.
Palate: Medium-ish body, fairly lively effervescence with plenty of prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Lots of yeast and wet bread dough, some ester notes, citrusy, still has that minty herb note, light floral honey; dry with a touch of bitterness and a fairly clean Belgian Ale finish.
Not convinced that it is to style, but it is certainly enjoyable.
Leighton (10510) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at Rattle n Hum. Pours yellow-gold with a medium, pure-white head. Delicate nose, with fruits, yeast, wheat, honey and grass. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, with faint lemon and more honey. Light to medium in body with soft but fizzy carbonation. Finishes very dry with slight citrus bitterness. Very good.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Mondial 2010.
Wheat and fruit nose, hazy yellow, tiny white head. Flavour is malt, touch of lemon. Light bodied, balanced, sweet. Fair, not much of a saison.
Quevillon (2452) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle purchased at Peluso in Montreal, on July 3, 2010, drank on the 5th. Cream gold yellow, medium head. Fruity yeast aroma, malty sweet spice. Taste of light dry grass, citrus malted yeast, aftertaste of bitter citrus. As saison style goes, it’s good but far from the best, event in Quebec, but for a mass marketed beer it’s is very drinkable!
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle from Peluso.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow, small head short lived. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Unibroue yeast, coriander. A bit spicy. Light esters.
Taste : Yeast, spices and light esters. Finish spices, coriander. Some wheat it would seem. A bit dusty.
Overall : Not much of a saison. Highly drinkable. Quite light in taste and aroma. I’m a bit disappointed. I was most likely better on tap. Very average beer. Nothing out of the ordinary. Don’t expect a Saison here. More like a Wit to me. Carbonation feels good on the palate.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mondial 2010. This is kind of a pseudo saison, as they appear to have just used their regular canadian/belgian yeast that you can get from Wyeast. Seems like not a typical dupont, blaugies, or thiriez yeast. Pours a nice light clear golden yellow with a nice lasting pure white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is initially doughy wheat notes with doughy yeast, mineral, and light sulfur from being so fresh, then the typical very spicy flowery and grassy unibroue yeast takes over in a mostly good way - the malt is laid back, light doughy pils and a medium bracing cracker and toast note- also some lemon zest. Flavor is light cracker and good pale malt backbone, with a slightly cleaner less yeasty doughiness, but still lots of spicy phenolics from the yeast, almost gets that lavender and peppery kick from the yeast without using outside spices, lemon pepper, flowery, almost a fruity mineral character like raspberry seed, and a lightly tart and fairly dry finish. This was an enjoyable Belgian blond/saison style. if you like their yeast this one is one of the most straightforward beers they have now to showcase it. I just hope the last homebrew Belgian I made with their yeast tastes this good or better. I kinda liked it overall.