ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottled. 750. Pours a bright yellow color with a big white head and tons of carbonation. Peppery aroma with phenol notes of banana. The cork has a very musty aroma that I’m not finding in the beer itself. Flavors are primarily malt and banana. There’s also notes of grass, apples and pears. Finishes dry. What can I say, it’s simply a great Saison. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Draft. Golden with tightly-bubbled white head. Soft on the palate with a prickly fizziness. The aroma is spicy &#40;clove and orainder&#41; and the flavor is sweet and spicy — there’s vanilla and a hint of orange.The follow-through is a bit tart. Quite enjoyable. asheft (3088) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Hazy gold with a fizzy white top rededing to a big patch and ring. Aroma full of corriander and sweet malt with lagery, noble hops. Banana notes and not really musty. Flavour is sweet with malt. Tangy alcohol. Hops bitterness with a little cherry and white grape plus banana, corriander. Lasting syrupy sweetness with an unpleasant sour tang. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. This beer needs to be drier, more carbonated, and with a less dense body. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
pours an amber-gold color with a large white head that hangs around until finish, aromas of citrusy fruit, hops, spices and yeast. the flavor is smooth, fruity, spicey. good body great brew. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Thanks to BierBauch for this one. 12 oz bottle: Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a billowing white head that actually sticks around for a while. Aroma is orange citrus, semi-hoppy, similar to a wit in my opinion, with a certain maltyness that I wouldn’t expect in a Saison. Taste is fruity with a certain dry bitterness to it, faint hop notes, lemon, spices. Palate is nice and dry with a little alcohol sting that is hardly noticeable. Nice!
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Tap at RFD, Washington DC. Hazy golden colour with a large white head; good lacing. Perfumed, fruity ornge aroma, with hops. Similar for the taste. Quality. murawski (160) - USA - JAN 13, 2006
light aroma of citrus and yeast; excellent cloudy golden color, with a long lasting pure white head. Lemony, fruity flavor (a bit much for me, but would be great in the summer -- here I am drinking it in January, duh). It has a nice complexity, though, and a great mouthfeel (not too dry, not too wet). Nice ale! thornecb (5947) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Pours very nice golden color into a tulip. Active 1/2 inch head that sustains. Aromatic: floral, hay, dough and leather. A little soapy, but still refreshing. Lively with lasting dry banana finish. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Draught. Gold with a nice white soda head. Yeasty spice aromas. Similar to the leffe, but with fresh as hell green apple flavor. sugar and coariander. lighter body, but appropriate. sweet, sour, and bitter in a perfect balance. drinkable as all hell. OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Draft at RFD in DC, 1/12/06.
Pours a clear yellow with a small head and thick lacing; the aroma is humus, belgian yeast, and lemon; the flavor follows, lemon and yeast and earth and a sourness. The mouthfeel is smooth and full with just a hint of a late alcohol burn and a long bitter finish. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5
I just don’t understand the hype about this one. The aroma is OK if rather bready, with the aforementioned lemon there, but not any of the funky lovely complexity of my favorite imported saisons. The flavor is medicinal, lots of bandaid instead of funk, barely sour, simply not enough going on, albeit with a pleasant finish that garners some points. The mouthfeel on this is watery and very thin, no where near the body one might hope for at the promised 7.7%, and that watery texture carries over into the flavor which is just too subdued and watered down. I’m disappointed. I’d call this 6/3/7/3/12=3.1.
I’ll split the difference between the two ratings.
Bottle revisit 5/21/14
Tolerable American saison. A bit of banana, a lot more bandaid and ricola cough drop and medicine cabinet in general, maybe something that could charitably be called elements of Laphroig whisky (but none of the smoke). I like Krisbierjaeger’s "sawdust" descriptor. No particular reason this should be nearly 8%. I’d probably have gone around 3.5 this time if I was rating afresh, and 3.1 is too harsh but I will leave the 3.3.
tl;dr summary: As a very early American saison maybe this was something back in the day.