beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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.