Ernest (7913) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2003 Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, mostly lasting. Body is murky medium yellow, dense tiny and small particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon), moderately yeasty (horseblanket), lightly malty (cookie), with notes of clove and pineapple. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Great Bretty and hoppy aroma, crisp, clean, balanced, very enjoyable. Oddly, my favorite HotD beer, and one I always return to. Very Belgian. It's one of those "beauty in simplicity" situations that will doom it to forever be underrated. NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Absolutely gorgeous appearance, sharp bright body, and amazing creamy head. Actually this gets 5/5 for the head alone, which is impeccably silky, and is continuously replenished for the length of the glass. Intriguing aroma, barnyard, hay, pepper and nutmeg, and a rock candy sweetness. I really enjoyed the slightly sour, hoppy flourish in the finish. Complex and refreshing at the same time, and a bit challenging as well. A very nice beer. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Shortneck. Removal of the twist-off cap was very lively. The appearance shows the likeness to an American Standard with its awkward pale yellow color. But the classic Hair of the Dog sticky, rocky foam tells me otherwise. Strong aroma of peas, fresh dough, grass, iron, lemon, little barnyard, and soil. Lively effervescence rides the palate with perfection. Very fresh earthy flavors, including soil and grass, with some pale malt funk, touch of lemon rind, light spicy flares, salt, and leather. The long, complex flavors go through numerous transitions. Finishes with a semi-sharp citric snap and solid herbal backdrop. Why aren’t more small beers like this bottle conditioned? What more does one want in an American Saison? This is elegant, flavorful, and deliciously appetizing. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Light hazy yellow almost pineapple juice looking.Sweet and zesty aroma smells like bread dough apples and a touch of tangerine, has an effervescence of carbonation.Tingles the tongue with fruity esters of dried bananas,lemonds, apricots with a dryness in the finish that makes me want a glass of water.Sourness is correctly concocted in this refined Saison. shadey (2174) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Bottle thanks to Indiana_Red!! The pour is a shiny orangy with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a citric sour. I very much enjoy the smell of this beer. I just wanted to keep my nose in the glass the entire time. Very smooth, very tastey. I am not sure how this qualifies as a Saison. I wouldn’t really know where to put it, but its delicious, whatever it is. This was my first HOTD and I a huge fan. Highly recommended.
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz Bottle-Trade w/after4ever. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color w/a moderate foamy head. Had some sediment on the bottom of the bottle-a little of which made it’s way into the glass but in no way detracted from the quality of this beer. Reminded me of a Belgium or even a Whitber. Crisp, clean, fresh, flavor w/a touch of citrus & wheat. Very nice, very enjoyable. Could definately sit down & put a few of these away. Thanks Tom!!! lamas (1664) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of agl108. Pours a murky old gold color with big, chunky floaties and an off-white head. Floral/herbaceous aroma with lots of melon, citrus fruits, and fancy bathroom soaps in the mix. Definitely full-bodied for the style. Goes down creamy and super SMOOTH with the perfect level of carbonation. Flavor starts with some caramel, bananas, and melon. Finishes with some tangy grapefruit and lemon. Somewhat drying with the slightest hints of grain at the end. Perfectly balanced all the way through. Deliciously poundable. Boutip (6663) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle: Poured a cloudy light yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix between some barley notes and well balanced citrus and grapefruit notes. Taste is very refreshing with loads of character without being too extreme. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation. I must admit to having been surprise by this one; I was expecting a easy drinking no character blond ale with found a well balance hops ale with a great malt backbone. I would definitely buy this more often it was available around town. lachrymalisis (448) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
hazy, unfiltered. huge rocky head. very wild on the yeast in a great way. big belgian yeast-spice on the nose and in the flavor. amazing pale-ale aroma, good slightly sweet malt backbone. some slight funk, like there was a saison yeast used in this beer. almost a cidery quality to it. dry finish. absolutely beautiful. arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to thome50. Hazy gold with lively carbonation. Crazy nose on this. Floral/perfume hops, lemon/orange zest, mango, light pine, sweet malt, and a tinge of funk. Light sweet malt gives way to grapefruit and pine bitterness with slight tropical fruit/citrus zest tail. Lingering grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness. Ultra-clean and dry.