SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the 330 mL bottle from Beertopia. Pours clear amber with a poofy white head. The aroma is modest- apples and honey, maybe a baked pie from the oven. The flavor is not sweet at all. Astringent and tea-like. Medium body and a mild hop bitterness. Not much else. This does not seem to have the saison yeast-infused flavors of orange and coriander. No apparent saison constructs here. A boring beer.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear light copper color with a lasting off white head. Aroma has herbal/spicy hops, sweet malt, and fruity yeast character. Flavor is very crisp and begins with hops. Moderately bitter with a fair floral and herbal taste. A faint caramel malt flavor glides into a yeast fruitiness of plums and peaches. Very refreshing and enjoyable. I disagree with the rating before me that it is not intense enough. A good saison should be crisp and quenching while being flavorful and hoppy. This beer is definately a good example of that. In my book, it rivals dupont.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy blonde, light amber color. Thick sticky head and lacing. Nose of light sweet hops and a tart belgian yeast, nice malty flavor and a plum/raisin tail. The finish is grassy, nice sweet tart balance. Good, lacking punch and intensity. More like the traditional old school saisons of yore.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak, lacks much of any saison characteristic. Taste is kind of watery, metallic. Not recommended.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kinghtly Spirits Orlando.
Body is a murky orange/brown with a craggy white head that is a thumb thick, diminishing and very bubbly on the sides.
Aroma is earthy, but also slightly grainy/herbal and lightly spicy.
Fore is a touch dirty with spicy pepper notes, low sugar fruits and mild hop bitterness.Finish is herbal and bitter with a touch of lemongrass. Feels a touch undercarbonated.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. The beer pours to hazy and extremely active with carbonation dark amber body with a tall airy off-white head. Once the head goes down, a nice lacing is left inside my John’s Grocery tulip glass. I like where Numenor was going with the aroma. It is reminiscent of tomato juice. I also get lots of cement block basement smells, lots of earthy yeasts, and cloves. The flavor is lightly peppery with notes of light green pepper and black pepper. Nice muddled malts and light orange peel and garden herbs. Lots of interesting yeasts. The palate is really velvety and smooth. Nicely refreshing. Glad I bought this brew despite the low ratings it receives.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold body with a thin head. Light sour, almost tomato aroma. Sweet body, warm, light, almost like tea.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Hazy light amber body with a small white head. Sweet honey aroma. Sweet honey flavor with a malty finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Rerate 2/2/08: Poured cloudy mahogany with a tall white head. This beer had a big grape character to it, slight oxidation to it, with a strong metallic finish on tap. The metallic note killed this beer. Just not very enjoyable on tap when I had it.
From the bottle, pours a cloudy amber color with a creamy off-white head. Orange peel and banana clove in the aroma and finish. Flavor has a touch of tartness and some oaky earthy flavors. Light spiciness in the finish along with some herbal hops.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy and muddy brown and orange colored body. Sweetened oranges and bananas in the nose, overripe fruit and some soft, doughy notes as well. Very nice, soft yeast in the nose. Mildly tart, smooth and moderately thick, so it’s actually really nice on the palate. Silky and mildly tart, mildly sweet, but lacking some peppery character on the tongue which I usually what I expect. Still a great beer. Nicely made.