StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a slightly cloudy amber-gold color with a sudsy white head. This head quickly recedes to a thin film and leaves no lacing. The aroma suggests that this is a wit, or a hefe, with a banana nod and a bit of cloves. The flavors, like the aroma, tend more toward the wit and hefe characteristics; the flavors start with a banana presence, develop into a clove spiciness, and then finish with a lingering ripe banana aftertaste. The mouthfeel starts thin and then develops into a slick diacetyl buttery effect. Overall: I know that every Saison can’t can’t taste like a Dupont, but the fact that so few do must attest to the difficulty of making this style. Still I appreciate this effort, I will consider this as a pairing the next time I make poultry or fish. Recommended.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold color and well carbonated with lots of foam. Yeast and fruit aroma with spice. Flavor is sweet for the style. Some spice and malt, and more yeast. Good, if not a world class saison.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during Cellar’s Wine & Spirits beer tasting evening in St Paul, Minnesota. From 22-oz bomber pours a hazy golden pale brew with a thick fizzy white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy yeast and banana esters with some additional white bread dough and some barnyard funk. Taste is medium bodied, plenty of carbonation with flavors of yeast, multi-grain malt, some wheat, banana esters and a touch of bubble gum. Finish is semi-sweet, golden grain malt with wheat with a light wax texture.
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy gold color with a large head. Strong aroma of yeast and banana. Very sweet malt taste. A little bit of a bubblegum sweetness as well. Hay and barnyard flavors. Not much hops. Very, very tasty.
bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle / Jul 03 07. Fruity, mildly sour aroma. Amber gold color with tiny bubbles and a fizzy white head that couldn’t stand. Near full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is stone fruit, hop and a bit of funk - almost a little Brett. It’s astringently dry in the finish. Heat is barely detectable. A wetly refreshing ale.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enticing sweet/sour aroma, hazy yellow, small off-white head, some lace. A snappy bight of the farm, apples, almost a wheatiness too, very spritzy, sweet, dry and refreshing. Very nice.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Lemon-gold color. 1" head. Mustard, citrusy windex hints. Average to medium body. Grassy, earthy. Not good and not impressive.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, brewed 7/3/07. Somewhat cloudy gold, with a touch of orange. Aroma is spices, wheat, sugar, citrus, and alcohol. Flavor is spicy, peppery, wheat, citrus, and is a little earthy. Ends a little dry. Very good. I’d like to see how this ages.
jredmond (6383) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 750mL bottle. Poured orange body. Aroma is citrus, orange, and something else sweet. Taste is citrus and sort of tart, but really good. I want to try this one again when I am more sober.::::SECOND TRY:::: Bottle. Pours hazy orange body. The aroma on this guy is WEIRD, smells like serious fecal matter. Slightly bitter taste.
jgb9348 (5121) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super hazy golden coloured body with orange highlights and a nice soapy white head. Aroma of coriander seed, curacao, wheat, hops and a little bit of smoke. Super-carbonated, sharp alcohol and acids up front with a following of sugar and spice. Aftertaste sweet and tangy - a good kick and sharp with flavours. Overall, different and good for the style...thanks jon[r888710] for this one! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 07-November-2005.