StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on April 1, 2005 and consumed on April 1, 2007.
Bright, magnificent and pale copper in color with an everlasting one inch tall, white, sudsy head. Aroma is rudimentary, earthy and tart. Lemon shortbread meets coriander and water starved prairie fields. Flour aromatically dusts sweetened potato bread. Ginger, pears and gala juice sweetly meet husky and calmed lemon flavors. High effervescence treats with a potato bread harvest to garner admirable bready predominance. Light alcohol livening warms the tonsils while candied Bartlett pears provide the base. Creamy and dry performance, with grains of paradise and coriander sticking to the tops of pils malt, as the prairie wind blows them through to the finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy boboski. Poured slightly cloudy light straw color with faint, wispy white head. Mildly grassy, sweet aroma with some corn-like smells. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Very mild spicy taste, pepper, earth, some citrus. Overall, doesn’t do much to distinguish itself.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating is a combination of notes from two bottles, both bottled on April 1st, 2005. One was consumed at exactly six months of age, the other at exactly the two year mark. A saison should easily withstand the 24 month mark, as Fantome and Blaugies have proven is a reasonable timeframe for aging and mellowing. The sample at two years of age shows no signs of deterioration, but hasn’t improved one bit, just changed radically. Almost clear light gold/yellow pour. Quickly diminishing, fizzy, pure white head. Aroma is of light and fruity yeast character aged, hot and caustic spiciness fresh. I wonder if a pleasing balance was reached and quickly skipped over whilst the second bottle was lying down. Citrus notes of orange are peppery and exude a corn syrup sweetness. Light aroma overall, focused but not anything special. Flavor is a drier, heavily carbonated and higfhly acidic version of the aroma. Finishes with a salty taste lingering, heavy alcoholic warming that hasn’t faded with time and moderately drying. Palate is sticky and overzealous. Not for me, not one I’d care to revisit either.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy boboski. Hazy yellow/gold with lots of small floaters. 1cm of dense white head. Flavor and aroma of crisp hops, grainy malt, zesty yeast. Dry finish. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Not much complexity, but tasty and drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 8/2/06: Pours a clear bright golden with nicely-lacing frothy white head. Sweet bready pale Belgian malty aroma has a good floral spice and yeasty presence. Body starts with a sugary sweet maltiness and a drier, peppery spice with a touch of orange tartness and a good balance. A nice saison.
mabel (8321) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[147-20061221] 750mL. Boozy, burnt bubbly aroma. Cloudy, pale orange-yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Flavour has tangy blunt edge on light citrus and medium alcohol, like pineapple. Medium body. Very nice aroma, great togetherness.
Arayaga2 (2079) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden with big bright-white head. Aroma is Appley acetic, and mildly spicy. Taste is, well... fizzy with a bit of sweetness and spice. Not one of my favorites from this otherwise excellent brewer. $7/750ml
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Floral and spicy aroma with fruity notes. Malty, sweet and fruity flavor with a spicy note. Dry finish with a light floral note.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium orange color - hazy with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malts, some fruit and a hint of spice and yeast. Flavor is fairly sweet, with some spiciness and a slightly tart finish.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle via trade with MrBendo. Bottled 4/01/05. Aroma: Big lemon zest, orange, pepper, perfumey floral, yeast, and a light dusty funk aroma. Appearance: Lemony yellow in color and cloudy. Bright white head was huge and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Wheat malt, yeast, lemon, peppery spice, light pineapple. Dry finish. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms. Palate: Medium bodied. High carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Pretty good saison. Nice levels of citrus, spice, and funk. Good stuff.