otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
A slow stream of carbonation is surprising to see considering it has probably been a good hour since I started working my way from the light end of my sampler to the heavy and complex end. Keeping that in consideration, I don’t know whether to be worried or assured about the steady stream of bubbles screaming for the surface of my taster glass. On the other hand, she still maintains a solid white head of fluff which rests atop a light haze of golden straw. Her nose is all about lemon, lemon cream, and citrus esters in general. Coriander and white pepper spice things up while steaming rolls of golden white emerge from the oven for my snarfing pleasure. Yes, I love all things bread, especially when they are artisanally crafted from all-natural ingredients and flavored with lots of TLC. A gentle breeze carries very faint banana esters, and then there were none. The Saison from Dupont Brasserie is still my quintessential Belgian Saison, but within the style itself there is ample room to play and explore. As soft as her nose, so too was her mouthfeel, a veritable cloud of lemon meringue and soft white breads kissed ever so lightly with banana. Coriander and white pepper linger in my breath after flittering about her gentile and uplifting palate. Her clean finish, spice included, is exquisitely refreshing, bringing me back to my taster time and again, faster and faster. If I’m not careful, I am liable to finish my glass before I am ready. Nearing the finish, her spice profile flexes its muscles while more golden dinner rolls roll out of the oven, piping fresh, and awaiting a final kiss of honey. Tasty. A fine Belgian-style saison if I do say so myself.
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
Being a native Floridian, I would have no trouble quaffing the Trente ans Blonde Saison from Rock Bottom Brewery any day of the week, especially during our long warm summer months.
9th October 2008. GABF. Clear gold beer. Sweet and aromatic. A little of that Belgian style sourness. Dry finish. Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Sample at RB - Chicago.
Poured clear straw color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spice, fruit and yeast aroma. Light to medium body with smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium yeasty sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Drinkable, but below averaqge for style. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
[2502-20090926] Tap. Banana spices yeast aroma. Clear, pale yellow body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Mild petrol yeast flavour has some banana fruit and clove-like spices. Light-medium body. Fair saison.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
(@ Rock Bottom; Chicago, IL)
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 "The Saison Also Rises". 8/20/09, This was also listed as "Trente Ans Blonde" which is an alias for this seasonal release. pours murky golden with white head. not a looker. smells of wheat and spices. flavors are of a wheat malt base with some lemon and orange fruitiness and spicy yeasty finish. a refreshing saison.3.1.
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2009
Earlier Rating: 8/17/2008 Total Score: 3.1
on tap at RB Chicago. I had this before but didn’t rate it. anyway this is a poor example of a saison and barely drinkable. some doughy wheaty aroma with spices. flavor is bit sour wheaty, and herbal spice. really odd and difficult to get down. 2.8.
8/20/09, This was also listed as "Trente Ans Blonde" which is an alias for this seasonal release. pours murky golden with white head. not a looker. smells of wheat and spices. flavors are of a wheat malt base with some lemon and orange fruitiness and spicy yeasty finish. a refreshing saison.3.1.
2009-09-26. Yellow body, modest white head and lace. Aroa is sweet, lightly floral, spicy, and a touch of yeast. 6+ Flavour is a bit odd, tart/odd fruit character, bitterness, light spice notes? Average to light palate. Okay but a bit odd. Perhaps not well suited to tasting amidst others? On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Draft at RBC. Pours a hazy gold with a tint of orange. Nose is phenolic, citric and caramel. Taste is kind of bland, over carbonation mutes the palate as well. Distinct acidity to it, though not sour, just kind of burning. Some caramel comes out before it finishes pretty dry. Meh. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Very pale golden pour. Thin white head. The nose is lightly spicy with a little bit of fruity/spicy hoppiness as well. Nice yeasty spiciness as well as a well as a fairly herbal zestiness that is pretty appealing. There is a little bit of astringent maltiness as well. A bit of citrus lends it a distincly saison-esque character. Nice and lean. The yeast is quite expressive without overpowering the beer. Fresh and crisp. User29624 (1683) - - AUG 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 @ Brewpub. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of citrus, some yeast, and almost a little sour aroma. Good fruit and spices in the flavor. I probably should have had this before the IPA. Good beer though PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Tap at the Brewpub: Hazy golden pour with a fading white head to a ring. The aroma is mildly sulfuric with farty phenolics and mild lemon peel. Fizzy yet dense carbonation. Dirty flavor with some wheaty grainy notes are detectable under some ripe fruit esters and later spicy phenols. A tad astringent and could be cleaner with more spice presence (as in spices, not phenolics). Needs refining.