Ungstrup (38591) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2007
Bottled. An unclear orange beer with a lazing orange head. The aroma is sweet wheaty with strong notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, spices among those coriander, and grass, leading to a dry grassy end. A interesting beer. Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow beer with a huge white head. Fresh, spicy, yeast, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet grassy, light alcoholic finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2007
(750ml bottle) Large, fluffy white head that gradually diminishes to reveal a lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rose, orange, some coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, coriander, perfume, orange peel, some herbal/grassy, peach. Dry finish. Medium body, light some acidity. But for the sweetness, I would think this excellent. bridgetek (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007 does not count
Looked great. Nice fruit aroma. Taste is complex with cloves and coriander among the citrus. Nice carboination, but somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Not worth the premium over other saisons in my opinion. ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Batch 1 bottle (8/06) consumed on 6/26/07, about 10 months old
TBone (18385) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2008
Well it was tough to hang on to this one (not really), but I finally opened it to still quite the bang and mountains of beige-specked white head that stubbornly yielded over time, though remained bountiful and laced particularly well. Tiny bubbles rising furious in the deep golden-brass liquid, with no haziness (well-settled after its rest and a careful pour).
I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I was disappointed. I like MartinT’s comment that it is "austere and lacking in personality or raw flavor." Couldnt agree more. SHPH’s first new saison in a LONG time and what’s really going on here? Even at 10 months, the malt is a little on the heavy side, very chewy, bready and nutty. What’s up with that? Not exactly a crisply attenuated, delicate honey-malt-based saison. Granted this is a "Deluxe" version, but no matter, it still needs better attenuation and less specialty malting.
The nose is probably my favorite part (aside from the appearance) with some vanilla, lemon and bits of toasted malt lingering and creating a fairly unique profile. Hoppiness, as expected, is low at this point, and that’s fine. But then the yeast. Definitely not crude/sloppy/dirty or anything like that, but neither is it particularly dainty/elegant or flavorful. Alcohol presence is minimal and there are no flaws. Aroma strength is medium to medium-high.
Very bready/doughy/chewy malts are accenuated by lemon cake-icing like sweetness and dry, nutty/floral hoppiness that dosent stand up to the malt. Some typical yeast phenols of pepper and licorice, but nothing jumps out and grabs me. Like I said, it needs much better attenuation and more clarity on the malts (which just seem to be too doughy/sticky/bready, as I keep mentioning). Carbonation is incredibly high, though fairly tight, leading to, possibly, a fuller-than-intended body. No alcohol, flaws noted. I’ve had Sly Fox Saison Vos bottles older than this that have simply blown this out of the water, so it definitely wasnt their problem.
Bottled michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pale yellow, a bit hazy color, floating yeast particles. Fruity, a bit sticky, glueish aroma, Belgian ale like, but perhaps not very Saison-like. Very American style Saison: fruity yeasty, peppery and a bit papery. Not bad, but lacking something .. depth?
750ml Bottle: Sweet, complex aroma. Smells of honey, yeast, spices, must, and fruit. Poured orange/amber in color with a huge, fizzy, foamy, creamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Full of medium and large-sized particles. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of oranges, cloves, yeast, citrus, and white pepper. Medium body. Tingly, chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Sightly bitter, very dry finish. jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
750ml bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky off white head and yellow color. Aroma is barnyard, yeasty, some earthy cheese notes, saaz/grassy hops. A Belgian Golden [Duvel] comes to mind. Taste is barnyard, yeasty, light malt-some sweetness, saaz-spicy hops. Dryish finish, a lot of carbonation. [taste reminds me of a slightly sweet Duvel]. Nice beer as an American Farmhouse style. Occasional. Thanks to jwc215(BA) for sharing. blutt59 (6585) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
bottle, clear golden yellow with frog eye foam, aroma is grainy and yeasty with some honey, flavor is bitter metallic, some fruit and chalk, lasting finish bbbeer (885) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Cloudy yellow with ridiculous head. Aroma tropical citrus fruit, grass. Medium body, some carbonation but not overdoing it. Flavor is mostly fruity, some yeast, wheat, spices, nice dry finish. Not bad although wouldn’t go hunting for it.