Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Rating #3500, reached at age 35, and 5 years since my intro to RateBeer. 750mL bottle (made at Sly Fox’s Royersford location). Head is initially huge, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, Juicy Fruit gum, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Excellent rendition in the Dupont mold. Sweeter than the latter (almost too sweet to really be in the saison family, but the finish just barely saves it), and softer in the nose, but has the same lemony-spicy character. Good effort, and I’m personally very relieved this was made at Sly Fox instead of Olde Saratoga. Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Bu au YeHa! 06. Jaune brumeuse, collet moyen. Arome de malte caramelisé et assez épicé. Goût très sec, bien épicé. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Impressions from the tulip glass:hopscotch (11433) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2006
-A veil of foam straddles the hazy blond hay.
-Subtle grain and spicy hoppiness are linked by peeking alcohol for an altogether clean aroma.
-Leafy hop bitterness is well-balanced with the delicately honeyed maltiness and whispering spiciness.
-Fluffy, large bubbles expand in the mouth, and somewhat overshadow some of the flavor display.
-It finishes quite dry with non-distinct supporting hoppiness.
-Of course, this is well-brewed and absolutely authentic (it’s a Southampton, after all), but I found it to be austere and lacking in personality or raw flavor. Not as impressive as their regular Saison, or their gorgeous 2006 Triple for that matter.
Bottles and from the tap at Holy Smoke BBQ, in Mahopac.
Bottle... Cloudy yellow ale with a huge, fluffy, white head. Good retention. Spicy phenols and fuzzy fruit in the predominantly earthy nose; faint notes of vanilla and tangerine. Bitter and tart flavor. Lots of herbal, spicy hops. A touch of funk with no heavy alcohol. Medium to full-bodied with prickly carbonation. Finishes crisp, spicy and medium bitter. <B.Cheers to Growler for splitting this big bottle with me! adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 15, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a massive foamy white head. Aroma is lemony with hints of orange and banana. Taste is zesty lemony with small hints of pear,orange and banana. Quite refreshing.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Poured a light golden color nice head amazing lacing. Aroma was fruity, and sweet, yeast. Flavor was of light fruits apples pears, some peper in there as well. Aftertaste was bitter.
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Dammit! I hate it when I am told that I am too verbose. Sometimes I just can’t help it, the beer is just too damn good.zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
sorry for the cross pollinization
Bottle. Pours golded...slightly cloudy. Aroma is oranges, spices, and some banana. Flavors are fruit, spices, yeast, banana, with lots of carbonation. Is more dry and sharp than expected. I like to age one for a while and see if it softens any. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2006
750. Thanks, Luiss! Pours cloudy coppery dark amber. Comically massive head; lots of fizzy white bubbles that settle down to a rich film with intermittent lacing. Nice looking stuff, if not quite playmate of the month material. Huge nose of the usual oranges, coriander, some nutmeg, a little banana and fresh grass. Aggressive attack: medium body, sharply fizzy carb, assertive flavors. Mid palate of all the usual suspects from the aromatics: orange, coriander, nutmeg, grass, banana. Clean, lightly herbal finish. Hard to tell there’s hop in here. Very freshing and satisfying. Delicious beer. Way to go Southampton once again. User37895 (3085) - - NOV 30, 2006
Poured a golden color, pils malt looking, lots of foamy white head, incredible retention, very nice lacing, nice rings. Lots of yeasties at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma was fruity esters, sweet candy, yeast, light grass. The flavor was apples, peaches, coriander, pepper, yeast, saaz? hops. Mouthfeel was significantly carbonated, somewhat dry, bitter finish, not a bad saison. Slightly hot alcohol for the style. Little bit of banana with warmer temperatures.