Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2002
Smells (and looks) kinda like Magic Hat’s #9, with it’s ’apricot’ color and all. The myriad of ’floaties’ definitely let you know it’s bottle conditioned. Mouthfeel is a little oily on the tongue; but on the other hand, the ’oil’ seems to spread the flavors around your mouth... and then they stick like Slick50 and linger for a while. At first, I enjoyed the ’tangerine/lemon’ tartness, coupled with the slight alcohol bite. Further down the glass it started to become too predictable. Overall, not bad, but in my opinion, nowhere near their par. Granted, their par is pretty high though! drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2002
A beautiful cloudy orange color and a nice head that leaves a decent amount of brussels lace on the glass. Kind of hoppy with a smooth malty finish. The oats and wheat aren’t too obvious. The lemon verbena adds a nice little zest, but grows a bit irritating after you put a few of these down. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2002
cotton candy-like aroma, orangeish-copper color, nice frothy head. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
orange and cloudy. slightly malty, very soft some fruits and spice. some what stickey. Drank this on a hot sunny day in denver, worked perfectly. TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2003 Pours to a glowing orange color with tiny yeasties floating around. Aroma is a soft spiciness and citric hops. Flavors are bready and spicy. Leans toward a dry finish. The yeast added more depth to this quaffable brew. I landed this beauty on my trip to the Grand Canyon State.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2002
I like the citrus taste. The aroma isn’t too strong, but this is made up for in what’s really important, the taste. Fat tire might be a little better, but not by much. PhillyBeer2112 (2820) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 Hazy bright amber with light quickly fading head. Aroma is citrusy and spicy. Lemon verbena makes for an interesting herbal addition: adds spiciness, fruitiness and some lemony tones (note, there is no lemon in this beer, just the herb). Flavor is mostly dry and what little malt flavor there is is rather clean, nothing Belgiany/Frenchy happening. Light spiciness. Dryness is puckering like a dry red wine. Med bitter finish is a bit much for style. Tingly mouthfeel with light-med body. Moderately complex and subtle but could use more malt up front. Nice but flawed. Some almost over-whelming alcohol presence- not balanced by sufficient malt.
An addendum for the 2005 version, the aroma is full of brett, a big leathery horseblanket pile of cow manure brett! Good stuff. The flavor and palate are still a bit of a letdown though, lacking complexity and body. belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2002
A very good saison. You really pick up the maltiness and citrus in the aroma as well as the flavor. A damn nice beer. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2002
This is good. I love the appearance, burnt orange in color, nice head and lace, good carbonation and cloudiness. It tastes and feels like a French biere de garde, a style that I really like (Saison is the Belgian equivalent of biere de garde). It has that nice malty, yeasty taste. I didn’t notice much of the lemon, which is good in my book. The lemon initally made me apprehensive about trying this, because I don’t like any fruit in my beer, but don’t let it scare you. Andrew196 (1859) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Very pretty color and head. Citrus comes out in the end. Nice hops-malt combo.