DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Pours slightly cloudy gold with a huge white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, hay. Tastes citrusy, with malt, hops, and slight spice in the finish. Medium palate. This one is very bier de gardish. As it warmed, I noticed a distinct uriney poontang aroma which I had never experienced before (well, not in a beer anyway). An interesting beer. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
On first pouring out this ale, I had a doubt or two about it. Color was a cloudy off-yellow, laden with stray white floaties bobbing and weaving hither and thither. The head was vast, lacey and white, but with suspicious brown flecks dotting the surface. Was something wrong? Did these odd aspects bode ill for the brew? Well, down the hatch, and we’ll find out...
Aroma: sweet and sour, like and abbey tripel, earthy, spicy, with a appley character dominating any other fruit association. On palate, tasty, but mild, good, smooth texture, sweet and sour flavors intermingling with emergent citrus that rides through the rest of the drink.
Medium body, excellent mouthfeel, long, dry finish.
Hops are low to negligible in this, and malt is faintly felt. A nice easy-going, but uncompromised pale ale from an uncompromising brewery.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Pours amber with big rocky white head. One words pops into my head when I smell/taste this beer: olives. Big, dark, calamata olives. The olive aftertaste is a bit strong and lingers forever. Very interesting beer. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
So I went by the label and said, OK, an American Pale Ale. Then I opened the bottle, and this wildly fruity madness of an aroma blanketed the room. This is no American Ale. Fruit cake of an aroma: black cherry, apple pie, potato pancakes, wooden barrels with a thin coating of cobwebs, bubble gum. Very hazy golden orange color, mountain range of a white head. Flavor is fruit packed as well: again black cherry juice, spicy, acidic, vanilla bean, drying finish, deep malts, a light and fruity version of a Tripel, and a beer that will never be accused of being fair and balanced. Rich and malty, warming, and burns the throat. Then I come to this site: Saison. Oh, that explains everything. (I still say a low alcohol tripel is best fitting here). This brewey is off the hook. IndianaRed (4862) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Bottle Pours a hazy very light pale yell/orange with almost no head and barely spotty lacing. Aroma is of sour apples/apricots and mustly old barrels. Flavor is fruity, apples, pears, and some spices like nutmeg. Finish is very clean and quick. Light, crisp, refreshing....and kinda wierd.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Poured cloudy golden with a rich thick head...smells lemony and spicy with a hint of vanilla...tastes very fruity with a hint of spice...very light and easy to drink...dry citrusy finish...I can’t say this beer is complex, but it is definately interesting...I picked a winner tonight... SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Ruth pours with just a little haze and a light gold color. Huge white head, lots of carbonation here.
Light lemony aroma.
The flavor is light sweet spice with a bit of a tang from the carbonic acid. Light finish. This is like a light Triple. Quite different.
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2004
Hazy golden with a small white head. Sweet aroma of honey, herbs, oranges and earth. Flavour starts sweet of oranges, honey with a herbal undertone. Lemony and orangey acidity shows up in finish. Easy drinking and a very special ale. Terminus (3702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2004
12 oz bottle-pours a cloudy orange hue with minimal white head. aroma of noble hops, banana, corriander, and a wiff of a garden (yes a veg garden). flavros of oranga, banana, clove, and an earthy/citrus hop finish. The long finish has more of that citrus hop bite like a pale ale, but its so far in the finish that it doen’st show up in the starting flavors. The high alpha acid hops give t his "saison" a different kick. Some metallic notes in the mid palate as well. Is this a dry hopped belgian? Thats what the aroma and finish show. HoTD gave this beer a really cool spin. Reid (2587) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2004
usual HOTD brown short neck and label.
In appearance this a is a very hazy light orange ( like a hefe) with a smallish but persistent bubbly white head.
Again the aroma says to me "hefeweisen"..though less pronounced than the german varieties..I smell the usual esters and wheat..weird.
Again I get the typical "banana" taste of a hefe..there are some hops and some pronounced Belgian like spices.
The mouthfeel is good and satisfying..dry finish.
I liked this a lot its like a cross between a German Hefe and a belgian wit( yes they already are close).
I have no expierience with this style yet i found this a very refreshing beer.