MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bright, somewhat hazy amber. Nose yeasty, some sour breadiness, bit of fruit. Flavor is smooth, a bit sweet, a mild taste of vaguely off-putting band-aids. Not infected, just a bet chemical-esque. Bit of spiciness and some fruit. Generally decent, nothing exciting. thornecb (5987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours bright amber into a tulip. Off-white head recedes with spider lacing. Crisp up front, but a little watery into the finish. Finish is dry. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2007
Draught at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), a clear amber with a bubbly off-white head. An oddly malty aroma, but a good touch of spice. crisp and clean palate, dry with a good peppery yeast finish. A good saison - refreshing. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a medium creamy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is interesting with it’s fruits, hops and yeast. The flavor has an interesting package of hops, fruits and yeast, it’s pleasantly dry but the farmhouse character isn’t really there. The body is light with a dusty texture and gentle carbonation. It’s not a great saison but it’s still worth a try. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - An interesting saison for sure. A sweet nose, reminded me of apple juice or apple cider in a sweet sort of way. There was also a little spice and yeast aroma present. Appearance was a hazy amber color, decent head. Taste was suprisingly bitter/hoppy for a saison, some pepper and light fruit. Finish was dry. Sort of a different take on saisons. Interesting.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber with a good sized head of off-white foam that... hey, where’d it go? No real lacing. Mildly sweet and floral in the aroma, but nothing really stands out.
The flavor contains a little dry wheat, a little sweetness that isn’t exactly caramel, nor is it candi sugar, with a generic hop presence for balance - not that much was needed. No funk, no yeast, no tartness, no spice. Medium body, decent carbonation. This is just a mild and unassuming amber ale, and one lacking that ’Belgian’ character.
Nothing really to knock, and nothing to get excited about. A saison? Well, not in the tradition of Fantome or Dupont. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
750ml Bottle. Poured a dark orange body with a nice size head. Looked great in my Duvel Tulip. Flavor is mild with some spices thrown in. Yeast is present with a nice citrus and corriander thrown in. Mildly enjoyable. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
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
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
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.