TAR (2781) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 bottle conditioned; one-and-a-half-year vintage: Yellowish gold. Sticky, fat and fluffy white head. Airy aroma touched with white grapes, peppery/leafy hops, perfume, toasted malt hulls, and leathery yeast. Fluffy, luxuriantly soft carbonation. Elegantly flavored with buttery herb notes and balancing soft malt sweetness. Lots of musty and chalky traits from the vibrant Dupont yeast. Assertively hoppy and juicy finish underlain with soft citrus, moss, honeydew, and bready malt flavors. A brilliantly executed Saison stamped with that unmistakable Dupont house yeast signature. After trying this version, I wonder why he even bothers to keg this stuff. Bottle-conditioning this is the only way to go. TheBeerGod (6254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle - corked and caged - courtesy of hopdog! Empties a vibrant gold, like an autumn sunset, with an eruption of foam. Very lively! The aroma instantly releases light buttery notes, wheat, light peppery hints, Belgian yeast, in-bloom flowers, light lemon meringue pie, and mild spices. Faint candyish fruits dance in the background. Taste blends lemon cheesecake, light buttered popcorn, hay bales, spices, Belgian yeast and a blossoming flowers. Light earthiness in spots and maybe a hint of perfume. Delicious! Body is light, arid and whispy, but still feels rounded and full. Finishes with light grains, lemon zest, light horseblanket, bit of earthiness, mild spices, yeast, and candied fruits. Very nice stuff! Surprisingly lower than expected ratings for this... bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
"Poured a golden color with a nice white head, didn’t leave much lacing. Aroma was of citrus, and a little grass. Flavor was or citrus little grass as well and some hops. Good Good beer." zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours gold, with a white head. Aromas are spice, yeast, citrus, with bits of wheat and grass. Flavors are citrus, spice, yeast, malt, hops and yeast. Medium body, and a nice sweetish finish, that eventually turns a little dry. Very nice. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 I found this bomber pretty drinkable but I’m not sure I’d get it again as it seems a bit grassy in the nose and flavor. I love that lemongrass flavor happening with some sweet maltiness but it seems a bit too balanced compared to other saisons I’ve tried. The carbonation is there but the finish seems a bit too mellow to accompany it. The alcohol is well hidden to the point I don’t realize its strength.
Rerate: I love this more because the finish has a good carbonated creamy texture and the flavors seem very well balanced. Bottle from River St. Ale House.
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottled. This was a nice surprise, and Ernest is right; the similarities between this Saison and Saison Dupont are striking! Beer was a hazy medium-gold color with a small, frothy, white, mostly lasting head. The aroma was malty with a moderate amount of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with a light note of lemon, pepper and moderate notes of herb and clean, dry straw; yeasty with light-to-moderate notes of dough and basement; light spicy alchs. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter with an average-length, lightly-to-moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. The body was light-to-medium, the texture was watery-to-velvety and the carbonation was lively. Moderate alcoholic warmth to the finish was a nice little bow on the package. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bready, ethanol aroma, slighty earthy and grassy. Huge head on the pour, cloudy gold. Lots of bitter hops, mushroom, earthy bready funk the flavor. Very nice. Little spice. A solid saison. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle sampled in May 2006: Pours a clear golden bronze with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Nice, fresh authentic, earthy, spiced and Belgian yeasty aroma. Body starts lightly biscuity and sweet with good earthy bitter and spiced balance along with a touch of citrus tartness. A very authentic and flavorful American made saison. DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Really surprised how much I truyl enjoyed this beer. Classic saison wild yeast flavor comes through on the first sip, nice finish, balanced through and through....cheers to Sly Fox. sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2008
750->tulip: Pours a huge, white, frothy head that exhibits excellent lacing atop a cloudy yellow body. Malt is of cookie, hops are of celery, and a light yeast/bacteria aroma. The body is medium, the texture is alcoholic and contains light carbonation, all finishing astringently. The flavor’s duration is short, and it is lightly sweet, acidic, and bitter, ending somewhat salty.
Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination and a very good Saison to boot. A definite "do-over." :)