HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled April/1/2005) The beer is capped by a magnificent creamy whitehead that emanates a wonderful spicy yeasty bouquet. The palate is quenching and appropriately carbonated for the style. This example is “cleaner” than many other saisons on the market. Purest will criticize this beer for not being wild enough, but I find it to be well balanced and fun to drink. I do think this a great effort for a first try at a hard to get right style.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow, super carbonation, giant foamy head that then quickly dissipates. Straw, hay, dandelions, and some dust and sweat. Delicious, gorgeous Saison, up there with Hennepin and DuPont.
CamdenD (1054) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very drinkable Saison for 7.5. Had it from a 750ml bottle at Brewery. Nice true farmhouse look to this ale and full belgian/yeasty nose. The taste was calm and very dry -- not too hoppy, but reminded me a bit of dried fruit, apricots? Well done anyway.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head, aromas of citrus, yeast, sweet malts & spice. taste is slightly carbonated, and really sweet, with some bitterness present, definitely not their best beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow appearance with a thck white head. Good retention. Smell had lemon, citrus, coriander and orange. Some hints of saaz too as another guy said. Taste was tart and good but overly sweetened I thought. Too sugary for my personal taste. Good beer though.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottled on 4/1/05. Hazy yellow/golden color with a medium white head. Musty aroma of wet hay, yeast, coriander and lemon. Yeasty, citrusy flavor with some malt and spices.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Draught. Pale cloudy golden. Heavy coriander nose, estery and phenolic yeast seems fit for a weizen. Slight cracker dryness, a bit too sweet globally, the bready and biscuity maltiness being countered by tea-like tart tannins rather than pure hop glory. Unimpressive spice display. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, comfortable palate, but going a little too far on the sweet side at the expense of bitterness which I certainly didn’t expect the makers of the prima pils to do. ////// Previous rating was for the V saison and on draught. Having tried the Helios in a bomber, I’m giving a little update. Previous score was 3.1. This seems a bit better now and a bit less spicy though I still catch a bit of coriander in there. While sweeter than I’d like, its attenuation is probably a bit better than the average American Saison. Fresh pils malts and comfy, rather authentic large-bubbled carbonation are pleasant and the yeast provides a fun pepperiness. Bumping the score to 3.5.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Bright pale yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Malty spicey hoppy aroma. Very light and refreshing. Malty hoppy flavor. Crisp. Peppery. Finish is spicey and malty. Drinkable. Very nice.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 750 ml bottle. This is another of those Belgians that should be served via 750ml, and nothing more. Bright yellow, nice carbonation emanating from the bottom of my Ommegang chalice, thick white head, decent lacing. Malty spicy hop aroma, that reminds me of Czech pils, for sure. Probably Saaz, and very pils like, with a slight Sulfur note. Spritsy malty flavors, with gentle noble hop notes, and peppery malty flavors. Spicy malty finish. Really nice.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Farmy citrus, dubbel malted flavour. Musky though sweet yet bland. Cloudy golden body with a dissipated head. Average.