glennmastrange (2867) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around. Grain and hay for the malt, lemon and herbs for the hops, musty and barnyard for the yeast, and background notes of white wine, clove and pineapple. Head is large, frothy, white, with good lacing and is fully lasting. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and very lightly bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery, and has a lively carbonation. Nicely balanced, complex and an easy drinking Saison. lovan (2) - , BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2009 does not count
as far as I’m concerned one of the best belgian beers hence one of the best beers in the world!
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
On tap at Zeno’s. Great farmhouse aroma funk, wheat, yeasties. Floral and aromatic with light hops and orange blossom. Golden amber pale clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with wheat and pilsner malt flavor. Light herbal-floral hops character and orange blossoms. Bready. Medium floral after with light chalky taste. Really nice saison. MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
Spicy and dry, slightly funky and sour. A great saison, strong and refreshing. pilsnerrogge (2945) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2009
750 ml corked bottle:
Muggus69 (2491) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2009
Appearance: Murky brass colour. Lively head
Aroma: Apple juice and orange peel. Brett?
Flavour: Dry, yeasty and oaky with notes of allspice.
Palate: Light body, boozy finish.
Overall: A bit too strong for its own good.
750ml corked bottle. BB 11/2012.
Served chilled in a Duvel glass...couldn’t find anything more fitting.
Picture perfect glass of beer presents in front of me. Rocky 2-inch bright whtie head stands strong, clumping on its descent. Body is an orange-gold with uniform haze and very fine lively beading.
Spicy yeast on the nose, pepper and clove, possibly corriander and cinnamon but subdued at best. Bit of bread and vanilla, alluding to underlying maltiness, with some additional fruitiness; pear, lemon and orange peel. Faintest hint of alcohol.
Smooth, big yet somewhat well attenuated body. Carbonation is high but soft, lending a nice creaminess to the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Sweet unfront, some white sugar and pale biscuity malt flavours. Ripe fruits follow; peach, pear, apple, orange, bit of banana, all somewhat kept in place with vanilla and clove, cinamon, nutmeg and coriander spices. Finishes reasonably bitter, a touch of grass, pepper and bread, all lingering as a sneaky warmth creeps down the throat.
Would have to say this is not only the best Saison i’ve tried to date, but well up there with the likes of Belgian Tripel/Golden Strong ales. Bit more body than a typical example of the style, but still somewhat delicate, with an excellent mix of spice and esters/phenolics from the yeast. Damn tasty! Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap at Aroma’s. Poured clear golden with a big white head. Aroma of spice, coriander, citrus, pears/apple. Taste is nicely spiced, with plenty of fruit, hop bitterness, and yeasty malt. A very well balanced brew. Body was very crisp and carbonated. Overall, a nice refreshing saison. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle (750ml) Cellared for 1 year. Poured golden straw with a slight haze and a large, thick, frothy, off-white head which lasted superbly. Aroma was of sweet bread with candy sugar, apples, creamy pears, lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon and coriander. Flavor was a moderate spicy hop bitterness with strong notes of pepper, bready malts, crisp green apples, dried pineapple, lemon citrus, cinnamon, coriander, light notes of cloves and a spicy warming finish. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, syrupy texture (mild) and a good length finish. elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 25, 2009
Sample pour from Bomber in to a snifter glass. So excited to try this finally! Appears light orange with a huge, frothy-clean head. Aroma is surprisingly mild; taken side-by-side it is far more mellow than Saison Dupont. Perhaps some candi sugar, funkiness, and light herbs are all I could get from the aroma. Flavor reminds me of a fine, dry champagne: mild fruitiness, hay, clove and grains of paradise-like spice, grass, and soft malt. Really a delicate beer, and excellent sipper. Finish is quite dry, the alcohol showing through dryness rather than flavor. I do, however, prefer Saison Dupont. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2009
Last 750ml at Novare! HA!
Had this in the spring, but oh well who’s watching :)
Pours a wonderful golden color with a nice cloudy body to it and a big frothy white head. The aroma is slightly spicey, a bit apple-like...though not cidery at all...more like a baked apple pie. Flavor was similar, that hint of apples, oranges, and a hint of winter spicing...although not sure if it’s added spices or just the yeast coming out to play. This was a wonderfully smooth pour too...great velvety texture. Dupont is really moving up my list :)