Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Awesome Saison. Hazy orange/ deep gold with an outstanding white fluffy head leaving lots of lace. I could smell this beer all day. Great citrus notes with lots of earthy hop spiciness and some fruits and phenolic aromas pick up as it warms. Lots of citrus, light malts, hops and spices in the initial flavor then finishes tart and slightly acidic. Light to medium body and very smooth overall. Great aftertaste. Leaves me wanting more. This beer is even better than the Cuvee des Fleurs all around. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2003 Revision from latest, much fresher vintage: Clear lemon hue. Gleaming white blooming foam. Zippy, metallic aroma of flowers, cilantro, grass, perfume, flagship juicy Styrians, mashed white grape, mint, yeast, and a dash of ginger and peppery alcohol. Softened phenol, hay, and leather notes. Assertively dry-hopped. Daintily fluffy body quickly becoming creamy and round. Grassy flavors are followed by honey, perfume, medicine, leather, rounded tangerine skin notes, lemon, and a gentle herbal bitterness. Only a trace of pale malt. Gingerly spicy. Cleans up with a touch of acidity, tea and grassy notes alongside a softer phenolic, chalky backdrop. A fuller body, less estery, yeasty aroma, and more funky pale malt to assist the acidity, and delicate bitterness would separate this shining example from any in its class. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Waaaahhhhh (Homer gurgle) waaaaahhhhhhh!!!! This is delicious, and as spot on for an American take on a European style as any US beer I’ve had - bar none (the 2nd would go to SH’s French Country BdG). Where to start? In the flavor, seriously straw and hay and **dry** Saison de Pipaix-ness (mmm, Styrians and big Hallertau), this is a textbook in incredibly well-managed bitterness; herbal & medicinal (eucalyptus), yes, but peppery and pine-needley, too. A touch of sourdoughish malt sweetness, but a minor lacking in body and a little over the top head formation and stickiness (although nearly authentic) detracts slightly. The appearance is incredible too, lush, and cloudy, with promise of deep relaxation. The aroma is nearly the depth one sees in a Blaugies, for example, or in the best Fantomes - piney, fresh and old at the same time (!), loads of earthiness...Wow, wow, and triple wow. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 750 corked bottle: Golden with a nice,creamy head.Constant carbonation.Fresh aroma. Hoppy,fruity,malt,lightly sour&leathery. Soft mouthfeel,soft carbonation,becomes chewy as it warms.Great malty flavors,followed with huge woody,earthy hop flavors.Aroma starts to suck you in as it warms.Finish is hoppy(spicy,grass)with a bit of sweetness and yeast.Develops excellent balance as it warms and remains very drinkable and satisfying. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2004
Thanks, fly! This is just an incredible beer. Huge Belgian-like nose and head. Great lacing. Hazy orange color. Spicy end (coriander, pepper) behind a substantial malt body. Hard to belive this came from America.
Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty
(cobwebs), moderately hoppy (herbs, grass, lemon), moderately malty (toasted grain), with notes of clove, pineapple, dried apricot,
orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Really great stuff! Very refreshing but still substantial flavor profile, very attractive
rustic aroma, and an extremely fluffy and luxurious mouthfeel. World class, IMHO. Phil nailed this one right on. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Equipment: 750 mL corked and caged bottle served chilled in a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Hazy honey yellow topped by a healthy white head. The head dissipated to a thick layer of foam with a small upswelling of foam in the center of the glass (i.e. good carbonation). Small fingers of foam lacing left on the glass.
Aroma: Delicate pale malts with mild herby/spicy aromas of coriander, white pepper, and cloves. Subtle fruity esters of orange and lemon citrus.
Flavor: Spritely sweet with tons of herbal flavors and fruity esters. Peppery aftertastes.
Palate: Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Tres incredible.
Overall: Yes! Yes! Yes! This would rawk with salmon, I’d bet. Smooooth and yummy. Can I get this via IV drip? iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
750 mL, corked & caged: legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2005
[2004 version, sampled April ‘04]: Hazy golden sunset. Strong, thick white icing sticks to the inside of the glass in a great elegant pattern raised several centimeters. . . Spicy straw arama – light hints of vanilla, fresh grass, wheat and light strawberry alcohol. A soft leathery component wraps up the aromatics nicely. Sweet iron flavour initially, that quickly blends wonderfully with a light bitter acidity and rolls onto the tongue on a tightly bubbled, almost fizzy palate. White grapes and straw mix with tart orange flesh. Barnyard qualities linger in a long finish. . . I have heard it said about other beers and I find it true in this case: pouring in the yeast at the end should be mandatory for this bottle: the liquid turns an opaque taupe and smells of thick, fresh blood. Palate turns thick and gooey with a good deal of sweet malt adding a complexity that makes this a top-notch brew.
An excellent example of the style. This was one of the most enjoyable beers I have had in a long time- a real sit around and savor type of beer.
Thanks to idiot Kawa for sharing with me, bitch. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Poured light golden with a creamy white head. The aroma was terrific consisting of tropical fruits and white wine. Some vanilla came into the taste. This was terrific. Wonderful sour finish.