muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked/caged bottle dated March 05...one year seems about right for a saison, we’ll see. Pours forth a hugely capped clear, bubbly gold body....the slow-decaying giant white head leaves traces of thin lacing....nose is earthy/chalky with hints of dry citrus and weak herbs.....honeyish, old-pils sort of character on the tongue, reminds me at first of the case of Christoffel I had last summer, but more complexity develops as warmth increases, a little vanilla, a little clay and peat, light hints of alcohol (mostly on tasting)....still, the result after much trying is one of a simple, sweet profile, certainly with very little true saison depth....a pleasant, drinkable, strong pils-ale mix is what I get out of this, not much more.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this thing was wonderful. Pours out a golden yellow with a slight bit of cloudyness. Flavor is fruity and delicious. Aroma was every bit as good as the flavor. I would love to have another bottle of this.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle - Pours out yellow in color, not much head at all. Taste is sweet, fruity, and very easy to drink, almost chuggable. Very good, I guess sitting for a year in the store did some good, but damn this was almost better than Dupont.
5000 (6183) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dull and dirty straw, large sudsy white head that falls quickly, spotty lacing. Heavy yeasty nose, subtle flora and spices. Yeasty/bready on the tongue. Typical Saison spices are soft and subtle. Not as floral or sharp as other examples. Semi-sweet, very little tartness. Not very dry either. Moderate body and mouthfeel. Fairly clean, but I repeate, not as floral or spicy as other examples. Good, but doesn’t stand up. Thanks to SuIIy and pineypower for each sending a bottle.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost brilliantly clear, rich gold color with a hint of copper to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick with a just off white color. The head subsides in a rocky surfaced manner with a touch of Belgian lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; I get notes of apple and pear, with mostly the fruity tart aspects of these fruits. Going in for a deeper smell yields a nice grain character which evokes thoughts of grassy grain, and sweet malt. Some of the grassiness seems to be hop derived as well. There is a nice herbal almost spicy hop character to the nose that mixes well with the earthy spice notes from the fermentation character. I get notes of orange zest, a hint of white pepper, and some notes of clove.
The taste is pretty dry up front with just a hint of malt sweetness. There is also a nice level of tartness here, though nothing approaching any acid producing organisms, just a nice tart character from the yeast and grain. The beer finishes with a nice spicy bite, a combination of the ample carbonation and spicy yeast derived notes. The finish is a mix of lightly hot alcohol, ginger, pepper, a yeasty almost bread-like bite. The carbonation is just about perfect, it is quite high, especially for an American beer. It really goes well with the light refreshing aspects of this beer. Hops you ask, yes they are here as well, certainly not over the top, but here in a nice supporting way. The hops add some herbal grassy character to this beer, as well as contributing to the overall spiciness of this brew. There is a bit of malt sweetness in the middle through to the finish of this beer; a nice sweet grain character.
This is a really nice example of a Saison, I am really digging it right now. It is perhaps a little sweeter than I would prefer, but the initial carbonation really helps to offset this in the beginning. As time wears on though it seems to not maintain the interest, it loses a bit of complexity perhaps, or more appropriately, I think it needed a bit more fermentation complexity. It seems to need a bit more yeast derived spiciness and bite. I think that the grain character, which is nice by the way, becomes a bit too dominant in the end. It somehow weakens the finish of this beer.
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: Wow! There was almost a 1/4 inch of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Be careful, or you’ll get a bit in the glass. This pours a clear, golden color. There was a small white head that dropped off fairly quickly, although there was still a bit of fiziness going on in the glass. The aroma is quite spicy. The taste is a bit dry and spicy, with some tart fruitiness to it, but much more subdued than a typical belgian. Very nice!
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Victory’s saison opens with the typical yeasty and fruity aromas and a huge foamy head. The head soon dissipates but the yeast and carbonation linger on. Tart wheat notes dominate the malt, followed by estery yeast artifacts, then earthy dry hops and alcohol. Dry finish. Not the last word in complexity, but overall a decent saison.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At number 18, a good follow-up to number 17. I often think of Saisons as a bolder approach to a Bière de Garde. This one poured a sunny yellow with a big, rocky head. Lots of citrusy notes, lemon and orange, and that distinctive cracked black pepper lick at the back of the throat.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, golden bosy tan head. Spice/peper in the taste, and after taste.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled April ’04...Pours a beautiful pale honey color with a big foamy/fizzy head. Smell is very subtle with yeast, fruit esters, and malt. Flavor is very spicey, but not too malty. The body is very dry and grainy...has a great slightly bitter finish. I haven’t had too many saisons to compare this to, but I wouldn’t turn this beer away if it was offered to me.