Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy golden/bronze color with a little white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Some stringy lace.
The aroma had some Belgian spice, clove or coriander (might have been both), herbal, and orange pulp.
The flavor was moderately spicy with some sweet herbal to orange pulp trying to balance. Light aftertaste of the same with the same sort of finish.
The feel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, nothing special to me, but slightly do-able in a crunch. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Sadly not a good saison. No Belgian yeast flavor. No carbonation -- indeed heavy for the ABV. And why is it sweet?!? Weird. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle… Lightly cloudy golden ale with a small, frothy, white head. The nose is spicy and herbal – black tea, coriander, clove and orange peel. Full-bodied and creamy with kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is a bit grainy and provides notes of peach and pear. The bitterness is low. Finishes spicy, mildly bitter and minerally. Bottle courtesy of dmschefke! Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Draft at Dark Horse. Hazy copper color with a moderate white head. Moderate sweet aroma. Medium body. Well balanced fruity flavor with a medium sweet finish. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Tap: light, soft orange color. Quite a bit of carbonation. Soft moutfeel. Fairly subtle flavors. Fuzzy malt feeling.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Tap: Dark Horse. Golden blonde cloudy with nice head, lacing abound. Fruity, malty and hoppy nose, follwed by smooth mouthfeel of strawberry, other mixed fruits and a hint of smoked essence. Similar to sapient. Grand beer. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Sampled on draught @ Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Michigan. Golden hue, with a large, creamy white colored head. Very light aromatics, with a touch of cookie, hay and grain, very little hop aroma, cheesey, brothy yeast and a light hint of strawberries, but almost every characteristic is a total stretch. Flat nature for the style. Cloyingly sweet, strange flavors develop on the palate that seem strange as it is, almost like chicken grizzle. Light cookie, herbal flavors with doughy yeast and hints of pear and peach. Not very good. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
On tap at Dark Horse. Wonderfully pale yellow and cloudy, with a creamy, lacing-driven head. Sweet cornbread aroma, along with fresh wheat and air-dried laundry. Full and creamy. This saison rules. Sweet, smooth lemons, buttery corn and some husks. Pepper and cloves spice this one up, in addition to some moderate souring bitterness that’s right on the money. Wonderful sweet malt complexity. This really is delicious. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 2004 draught at the MBGSBF. This one was listed at the Dark Horse table as the Frog Island Old Ypsi Summer Ale Belgian Saison, which is odd as this is listed as Michigan Brewing and an Irish ale. Not sure if the program is wrong, but I can’t remember if I got this at the Dark Horse or Michigan Brewing tent. Anyways, I do remember the beer. It was a surprisingly deep burnished copper red color, with little white head and some lighter yellow tinges around the edges. Aroma has hints of spiciness (cinnamon, coriander, other herbal notes I can’t pin down) as well as some lightly bitter hops notes. Flavor is surprisingly full and sweet, with the spiciness intertwined in the body and a bit of an alcohol kick on the finish. Quite robust, really, but not terribly complex. A bit too sweet and unadventurous to really drink many of these in the summer Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Foamy pour - took 5 minutes! Aroma is sweet and fruity, witha bit of florality and very slight bitter herbs (very slight!).
Some definite herbal bitterness (dandelion), a touch of pepper, and a softer sweetness. Not very assertive flavorings at all. Body medium to light.