urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Gee. Another American attempt at a Belgian style, the result of which I just don’t like. It seems that these are so often too sweet and too thin. And this one is both. A ton of coriander in the nose. I suppose I wanted this to be like Fantome. It’s not. bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Nice spice, possibly allspice? Sweet but not heavy or alcoholic. This would make a great summer beer as long as it’s not too hot. Refreshing. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - 10th Annual PA Microbrewers Fest, Pennsylvania Brewing Co. - Pittsburgh, PA] The second saison I had, and let me tell you that I’ve really enjoyed this style and would like to get many more. Poured a clear gold color with a very thin white head. Good aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with possibly a touch of regular grapes and some apples. Fermented yeasty taste with a zesty citrus followup and a champagne-like finish. Quite tasty. TheBeerGod (6263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Golden blond with a small white head. Aroma seems very wit-like to me, but has an odd straw and fruit mix to it. Not as funky or "natural" as a Belgian saison. But not bad either. Taste is predominantly fruit, an odd spice I can’t detect, yeast and a hint of alcohol. It’s only now that I realize it is over 8%. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but very smooth and drinkable. Finish is a bit grainy and spicy. Good beer, nonetheless! egajdzis (6777) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Slightly hazy gold color with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, citrus fruits, possibly some banana, and even some coriander? Yeast taste, followed by light fruits, and a nice alcohol burn on the way down.
TAR (2794) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 Dark gold with light haze. Thin yet dense off-white head with scattered rocks. Honeyed, crackery malts, clove, rose petals, and plump herbal hops in the nose. Lemony, as well, with notable alcohol presence, peachy esters, and mild phenols to help curb the sweetness. Spongy-soft body with light pricks of carbonation. Boisterous hop punch is chased by a tasty dollop of toasted malts and fresh yeast. Hops remain tangy and succulent throughout, backed with plenty of orange pulp and slight airiness to reduce some of the sweetness. Vibrantly yeasty profile mirrors the aroma, touched with artificial sweetener and coriander. Candy sugar dominates the moist, unclean finish with a relentless, albeit subtle, toasted malt hull profile, spicy alcohol, and juicy hops. This needs more dryness and a less predictable/redundant yeast strain so commonly used in American Saison, along with less sweetness, in order to hang with the Duponts, Blaugieses, Fantômes of the world. It’s quite tasty, nonetheless, although this will cause Saison purists to cringe. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Golden color(tiny bit of haze), creamy white head. Cotton candy, pear and coriander for aroma. Flavor is lightly spiced fuzzy fruits and bready. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, spicy, fruity, sweet finish. Another nice effort in the Heavy Seas line. Doppelbock and Imperial Stout on deck...I think. Either way...I’m looking forward to the next release. hopscotch (11334) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Lightly hazy, golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Spicy aroma with notes of pear, coriander, banana and bubblegum. Fruity, spicy flavor as well. Baked, spiced pear and warm cinnamon-apple cobbler. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Short, spicy, sweet finish. civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2004
This beer poured a pale gold color with a significant and lasting head. Appearnce was very nice. The aroma was a bit yeasty, but also with hints of apricot and peaches. The taste was a fruit medley, with nothing being overpowering or prevalent. Finishes off rather smooth. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Clear golden with a frothy off-white head that dissapates rather quickly. Sweet and yeasty aroma, quite fruity and mildly spicy. Pretty nice saison flavors, candi sugar and peaches up front then a dry bready malt towards the end. Medium full body. Nice beer overall. I was doubtful, but color me impressed.