Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought it was a classy, rich flavored, well crafted, distinquished tasting brew, with a nice rich frothy head, and I’ve had enough Belgian types of ale to feel comfortable in asserting that it is in the ballpark flavorwise with those ales. Also, my wife enjoyed it too, which is a surprise, because she’s usually one of those typical lite beer weight-watching types. Definitely I intend to be a repeat customer on this one.
Rogue brewing does not appear to be trying to be traditional, in my opinion they always put their own spin on existing types, or create new types, and do a pretty good job at that.
From Dec 2005
Poured from bottle with a huge head that dissipated quickly into a fine ring around the edge of the glass.
The beer is a cloudy medium gold with a pungent smell...maybe sour fruit?
The taste has the sour fruit notes I mentioned mixed with an evident flavour of alcohol. The sourness persists through the aftertaste. Hmmm. I don't know if I'd buy this one again....I'll have to reflect on that for a while. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"really? this is supposed to be a saison? i’ll score it even lower for not even distinguishing itself enough to get the style right. i thought it was just an un-tasty badly spiced ale (which it still is)...not a good saison, or beer."
troopie (2501) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. I had had one of these years ago, and was pleased when I got another. Spicy aroma, yellow orange colour with a medium head. Enough lacing. Lekker spicy flavour and spicy finish. Baie Dankie Pieter! lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
This pours a hazy bright orange topped with voluminous frothy khaki head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is filled with spice. There’s coriander and pepper smells (I’m guessing from the Grains of Paradise) along with some lightly fruity malt.
The flavor is also dominated by the considerable spice. I can’t pick out the ginger root but the orange peel is quite evident in the middle of the spice. Some sweet fruity malt. Quite big flavors. Not too sweet as the spice tend to dry the palate a bit. Spices dominate the finish and aftertaste.
This is clearly the best American brewed Saison I’ve ever tasted.
KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 21, 2010
Had a bomber at just about its "Drink By" date. Medium golden with a big fluffy head that went to lace quickly. Very fruity, herbal aroma, with honey, apples, ginger. A bit too much in the herb department. Same for the flavor. It was nice enough, but too herbal, too sweet. Interesting take on a saison, but not as good as the standards.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2010
Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Festive Ale--A Belgian Style Saison Ale--Ale brewed with herbs & spices. 2005 22 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV--18 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Saison--Foamy mild lace head. Big pellicle clouds golden color to lemon brown. Mellow wheat Saaz front. Creamy rich wheat malty mild Belgian tangy diverse spice mild ester body. Mellow wheat spice end. Tasty, Odd. Sampled 12/26/2005. DialSquare (5188) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Not sure when I had this, but rating is from an old note: bottle. cloudy orange pour with a huge head. musky earthy aroma of honey and spice. herbal sweet peppery taste. wasn’t my favorite as far as rogues go. would have to try again for a more complete rate. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a hazy, golden body with a frothy, white head that drops down to a thin covering fairly quickly.
Smell: Sweet-scented bouquet of lightly spiced, oven-baked cookies and grains with a ladle full of honey and almond syrup on the side.
Taste: Sweet taste of honey-coated cookies and crisp wheat crackers with a hint of background citrus. Slight almond accents. The once glaring spice component has toned down in the two or so years, leaving just a nice level of zesty spice. No apparent hop character or remaining bitterness. Sweet, succulent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Boy, oh boy, did I ever dislike this beer when initially released. Frankly, I though it a complete mess; a weak attempt at a saison with an unpleasant spice component. Now, though, it’s aged into a smooth, mellow, sweetish brew. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours an orange amber body with a tan head. Spicy with hints of herbs, grass, apples and ginger. Lightly spicy and doesn’t come together to great. Eh not so good. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours orange amber, topped with a big frothy white head. Sharp, spicy aroma, with wheat, grain, and citrus, especially orange. Flavor is somewhat musty, with notes of spice, grain, earth, herbs, citrus, and white pepper. A bit thin bodied. Not bad, but it really doesn’t stand out.