CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled April í04...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 havenít had too many saisons to compare this to, but I wouldnít turn this beer away if it was offered to me.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ML bottle: Lasting white head on a deep golden lightly hazy body. Grainy malt aroma, also a bit corny and raisiny esters all at once. Lightly floral w/a bit of alcohol and plum esters. Well balanced w a semi sweet finish. Grainy, clean malt flavor w/ a bit of floral hop in the finish w/ a hint of bitterness mid palate. Finish dries out in the aftertaste as it warms. It also has some estery notes as it warms with lightly plummy flavors. Higher carbonation, dry m/f, lighter body due to carb. Not a great Saison, but a very good beer. Not bitter or funky enough to be a good saison, but thatís fine by me.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an aroma of hay and all sorts of wild goodness. Tastes spicy,but lacking in malt. Finish is sharp,thin and overly acididic. Not a favorite for the style.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked 750, Batch April 2005 and served in my Duval snifter: After a big pop the beer initially poured to a huge fizzy head which faded to almost nothingness but the glassware kept the carbonation up, the 1st pour is a clean deep golden hue but the 2nd ended up with quite a bit of yeast in it. The nose detected lemon and orange zest, flowery hops, cardamom, honey, earthy yeast esters, and a hint of mint leaves. The taste starts quite fruity and is layered with a light yeast backbone. Prickly acidic qualities seem to be measured by a grassy hop undertone. A note of sweet malt does show at times but is quickly taken away. The feel is a bit interesting as it lively and crisp but peters out just when you hoped for a larger mouthfeel. Dry finish with only a trace of alcohol noted. While quite drinkable, the V Saison left me with an impression on wanting more than it delivered.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden with a thick creamy head. A fruity, hoppy aroma greets the nose and is followed through in the mouth. A good example of a saison- simiilar to Hennepin overall and well made.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mLbrown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL. Hazy golden yellow with long-lasting large head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Nice fruity spicy (clove) aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with slight sharpness and fruity, caramel and spice flavors. Finishes dry with light fruity aftertaste. Slight medicinal (adhesive bandage) aftertaste detected as well. Went very well with mussels cooked in white wine and garlic. This is yet another excellent offering from Victory.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Doughy, cakelike yeast with haylike, grassy hops. Opaque, milky-yellow body with a decent white head that recedes to ring with some lacing. Haylike, herbal hop character with light spiciness and moderate bitterness. Dry medium light body with assertive, pointy carbonation. Sampled at Kennett Square Brewfest 2005.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
April Fools bottling. Hazy straw color with a fluffy, big and shiny bubbled head. Dry aromas of yeast, peaches and cream and a touch of malt. Rather "weak" nose sends this down a point, but rather authentic scents. Mild bubblegum and sweet flowers come in more as it warms. Again light flavors that are quite good. Mild old barn, and cobweb flavors mingle with a light pale malt flavor. Things go quite swimmingly until the finish when the alcohol and a sharp old spice flavor pops up. For me the first three-quarters of this brew are near world class. This reminds me of a non-oaked Temptation (yes, rather high praise). Really a decent saison that is growing on me the deeper I get into it. Some herbal hops seem to come out in the finish with a touch of rosemary and wintergreen. After reading a few of the reviews I wonder if there arenít some cork issues. My bottle did have a sharp pop, and I see others that indicate that this didnít have the carbonation. My most recent burp reveal that is plenty eff in this one. Hopefully I can pick up another bottle or two to share.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 12.06.05 750ml bottled April 1, 2005. No fooliní. Thanks for the bottle, Jason!
The pour is a clouded golden, it matches my blanket; and the head is small and white, lasting in a thin film to the final sip. The aroma is hopped crisply with melon and citrus (lemon) notes, a touch weedy, and quite earthy with the impression of dry clover. Iím impressed that itís not an over the top attempt at a saison, nor a weak version for the masses. It is neither overly spiced (with spice or crazed yeast), nor shying from tartness and satisfying hop bite. The flavor is maybe too balanced as there is nothing that makes me take notice (other than a burst of carbonation). Rounded and yet quenching, full bodied up front waning quickly to the fizz. The hop profile is unique with a pleasant balance of grassy, weedy, herbal, and tropical, but itís effect is compromised by the odd body. Eh. An excellent effort, the potential is there, but itís coming up short. I hope the brewers tweak this one and release it again next year.
20100521 - Okay I like it better now. Not sure if itís a better beer than in 2005, or my tastes changed, or Iím just in a better mood (not likely ha!), but bumped the score from 3.3 to 3.9
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost opaque peachy yellow, the head was quick to make itís exit, leaving in itís wake a shy lace.
Lemon meringue, sprinkled with black earth, and just a bit of spicy, saison yeast towards the end.
The first thing that hits you is the carbonation which I found way over the top and aggressive, it almost felt like it burnt my tongue. It felt like pop rocks and coke in my mouth. Maybe Iím just not used to this level of carbonation since I gave up soda pop a few years ago, but Iím aware that a few lively bubbles in a Beer can bring out some aspects in the palate. In this case, it took all the flavors hostage. As far as I could tell, it tasted a bit yeasty, with lemon rinds and coriander.