Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Good sized frothy white head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation. Nice fruity aroma with some dustyness and lemon. Light malts and honey present also. Color is a hazy golden orange. Light and fruity again. Crisp and refreshing. Light malts, some spices, little bit of floral hops and some yeast. Easy drinkng. Little bit of bitterness shows up late swallow. Finishes dry with a little bitterness and pastyness. A pretty good saison. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle in version of ’05 Whole Foods Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary Ale. Cloudy yellow with huge white frothy head. Aroma is very yeasty with faded spices and light citrus fruits. Flavor is very spicy yeast with coriander and other spice, lemon, orange, pretty dry, a little oxidized. Very hot carbonation that fades to nice creaminess, medium body. Not bad, had this when it came out too and I don’t think it has improved much with age. nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
From bottle - Whole Foods Silver Jubilee 25th anniversary that was stashed away for a couple years. Huge thick head, the bottle almost gushed when I opened it - gave me fears of contamination. Not so. Very clean and wonderful yeast characteristics. The yeast profile reminds me of the way that Cru D’or used to be - must be the same strain. Nice ripe, even apple and pear flavors. Good hop flavor too, even after a couple years in the bottle. This is probably a lot more hoppy than the original style would usually call for, but what the hell, it’s from the west coast. Definitely noble hops and (thankfully) nothing citrusy.. Some sediment in the bottle after a couple years, but that just goes to show it was alive when they shipped it out. This would pare really well with some good cheese, but I just drank it on its own. Another great beer from the underrated North Coast. rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The appointed Duvel tulip glass was a nearly perfect vessel to hold this pale, frothy, heady Saison. The bubbles just kept rushing up from the etched D at the bottom of the glass, and head showed no signs of wavering. The smell was full of tartness and spice. Fresh cut hay, sun baked earth, and bright marigold flowers in the nose were evocative of some European farmhouse. The taste was very dry, which allowed the tart sourness and spice to play the role major flavor contributors. Also present was some ripe cheese, and green apple, which finally gave way to a dose of hops in the finish, the only apparent concession towards the American origin of this beer. A good balance between delicate and rustic in the mouthfeel department with lightness due to the abundance of bubbles. Not as full of character as the beers from DuPont or Fantôme, but a worthy offering in the style from a surprising source. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Yeast and subtle fruity aroma. Light hay colored hazy appearance. There is a hint of spice in the flavor. With the apple undertones there is also a certain dryness I like. A nice interpretation of an often overlooked style. I really dig this.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Corked bottle bought at Sam’s and served in my NB worthy glass: Slightly hazed golden hue with a light fluffy head and provided excellent lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of prickly pear, mango and crabapple, pepper and sweet basil, honey cereal, grassy and dirty yeast esters. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2007
The taste starts with equal doses of twangy fruit and sweet malt with just a quick dash of cobweb yeast. The finish has a light spiced and herbal hop character along with strange nuttiness. The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing but the alcohol which is hidden well when cooler does start to show a bit after warming. If the carbonation was a tad tighter and the finish a bit more dryer, this would be a 4+ beer. Still I found this a worthy effort and something you should try.
Cloudy orange, with a thick rocky head. Sweet toasty aroma, mixed with some fruity notes. Flavor is citrusy - mango? - and apples and pears, with a dryish finish. Tasty stuff! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle at Stone. Hazy yellow with a fizzy white head. Slightly sour aroma with barn yard funk. Ctirus taste with hay notes and a dry finish. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2007
The aroma was estery with a strong fruity presence which presented as a tad sweet when first poured. As the head formed a well achieved earthy and peppery characteristic emerged. The aroma reminded me of mango. The beer was clear golden amber in the chalice with a white frothy tightly bubbled head. The flavor was tropical fruits of pineapple, mango with pears and a peppery earthy hop and yeast presence. The flavors worked well together and with a light bit of caramel and a nice dry finish the beer was well crafted. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. The aftertaste was fruits and pepper which lasted long into the aftertaste. The only place that alcohol was notable was in the warming which occurred post consumption. A nice Saison! 750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at State Line in MD. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
750. Pours hazy gold that clears as it warms, thin and fading white head. Aroma of lemons and oranges. Light body and active carbonation that keeps a bit of a head on the beer. Spiced fruit and yeast taste. Dry finish with just a hoppy hit to it.