Strykzone (7356) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Huge 750 ML bottle. Subdued aroma with hints of overripe fruit. The beer pours an attractive golden color with moderate clarity. Very substantial head that has a lot of staying power. There is also some effervesence in the beer itself that adds crispness. Plenty of citurs fruit such as lemon and orange. The beer (or style) reminds me of a hefe in some ways. It is a delicious beer and the 750 ML bottle still left me wanting more. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bomber. Poured a hazy, pale yellow color with a creamy white head that slowly diminished. The aroma was hoppy , producing lemon, fruit, and flowers. The flavor came with oranges, flowers, clove, and banana. Light bodied with a comfortable bitterness. Very enjoyable. UNCCTF (584) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Bottled; my first saison. Hazy golden coloring with an aroma of cloves and fruits. The flavor was mostly orange with some light spice. A very enjoyable, easy-drinking high gravity beer. gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Pours light orange with a substantial light head. Aroma of oranges with a hint of clove. Taste is crisp and hoppy with elements of orange and clove. SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
In the big bottle. Pours a straw colored yellow with a stiff white head. Aroma has citrus, coriander and yeasty esters. Flavor is clean and tart with a fine bitterness, and some sweetness.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Poured from a bottle this beer is an inviting golden color... almost clear with a bold fizzy top. Nice lace is forming as I sip. Aroma is fruity, yeasty with peppery notes...reminds me of a fine wine. Flavor is an outstanding cornucopia of different fruity sweetnes with banana, lemon, apricot and plenty of peppery spice to balance. Not at all heavy with a pleasing fizzy mouthfeel. Pleasant yeasty aftertaste that invites another sip. Ommegang seems to have captured the belgian "magic" in this Saison. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Hazy gold/copper. Ginormous, cream colored head settles to a small, rocky layer almost as it quickly as it formed. Aroma of musty yeast, crisp hops, light fruitiness and spices. Same flavors with a dry, yeasty finish and aftertaste. Lacing painting the glass. Medium body. Would be an excellent aperitif for sure, although 750 ml is a lot of aperitif. Very nice saison. jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pale gold, champagne-like head. Wonderful, dare I say fabulous aromas of baking bread, lemon citrus and oats. Flavors follow suit. Spicy hop bite and mild, dry finish. Orange, apricot, and apple fruits are buried in the taste. Slightly acidic, again, champagne-like tones to the beer. Carbonated, but full, palate. Great mouthfeel. A beer that gives the belgians a run for their money. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Highly competitive with Belgian triples, and it’s clearly better than some Belgians. O could easliy charge another buck or two and still be competitive.
Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Thanks to my friend sally for this one. Freaking huge head or pure white. Aroma was a bit malty. Doesn’t taste as good as it does fancy/elegant. I’d rather drink something else.