lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Bottled on: 04/01/05. A hazy gold body with lots of little floaties and a thick off-white head. Lemons, bananas and cloves in the slightly musty, yeasty and wheaty aroma. VERY high level of carbonation combined with the spiciness gives this an intense bite. Medium to thin-bodied. Refreshing. Lemony, tangy and wheaty with a slightly dry finish that features hints of spices. Solid beer, but it seems like a fairly generic saison. This beer gave me all kinds of searing gas pains.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Good aroma of barnyard, spices and fruit. Good flavor of barnyard, spices and fruits. The body is light to medium with a dry texture and lively carbonation. A solid effort, it feels authentic.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 Lemon gold with a thin head that lasted, but tended towards fizzy. Aroma was distinctly bready with some underpinnings of fruit. Flavor also tended towards bread, with an interesting citric but not at all bitter hop presence, balanced by notes of honey. As it warmed, a chamomille soap note emerged that reminded me quite a bit of the Avery Saison. Not bad, but not brilliant. Sampled again at Relentless Thirst tasting on 8/29/09. Same basic perception, minus the chamomille soap.
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin fizzy head containing bubbles of every size. Reduces quickly but has great carbonation to keep a thin sheen on the surface. Big citrus aroma with yeast, grass and spices. Color is a hazy golden orange. Fizzy in the mouth. Spicy and grassy flavor with a little lemon. Slightly dry palate. Finish is crisp and pretty clean. A decent saison. Nothing really sets it apart from others though.
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled April 2005: Beautiful orange color with a small frothy head which leaves thick laces on the glass. Grape spicey taste with honey and coriander. Yeasty, bready nose.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a lighter and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Musty and earthy aroma with some spices and fruits. Tastes of the same with lemons and citrus. Lively body.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden, head was big and bubbly at first pour. Went down to a small lacing head as it sat. Aroma of Belgian spices (similar to what is in their Golden Monkey), earthy, slight hops and yeast. Tingles on the tongue. More spices yeast, some hops and various fruits (pears/citrus) in the flavor.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a saison with complexity. Earthy with aromas of spices, a bit of hops, some pineapple, and a bit of damp soil. This is a beer that I could drink after working in the fields of a farmhouse in Belgium. Nice and thick head with a golden tint. I love the yeasty and fruity dry finish.
TChrome (1440) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite an impressive achievement for an American brewer. Most US saison’s I have had sucked, but not this one. Beer pours nicely golden with a big, thick, retained whipped egg white head. Lots of carbonation here. Aroma really hits the notes for the style. Lots of different floral charachteristics, some yeastiness, and just a hint of cobwebs. Flavors are appropriately restrained, with some hoppy spiciness, yeast and a very dry finish. Yum.
pineypower (2685) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, April 05.....Poured a cloudy straw color with a nice rising head that stayed the duration of the beer. Decent aroma with some malt and spice. Good smooth taste with notes of spice, hop and yeast, didn’t really get that fresh hop taste the label talked about, but none the less a good beer