fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle. Aroma minty, herbal with diverse spice notes, a bit bready, but more so very doughy, lightly lemony. Flavor again gently spiced up dough. Very drinkable. Fun stuff. thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours yellow with a big foamy head. This is mild for a saison, a bit sweet, not spicy enough, very wheaty. smells like chlorine, citrus and sugar. light body, bitter aftertaste. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours a golden blond with a very frothy white head. The aroma is sweet candy, light citrus and spices and a bit phenolic. The flavor is sweet, earthy, citrus and some wheat. Medium-bodied, prickly mouthfeel. The finish is earthy and somewhat long, neither dry or sweet really. beastiefan2k (4246) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pours with a large, foamy, loud, bubbly head, which sits a top a lightly hazy dark golden/amber color. Lots and lots of bubbles from the carbonation reduce the visibility even further. Nice looking brew. Aroma is telling me right away that this is a sweet Saison, which I could handle in the aroma. Its a Belgian malt sweetness with a light lemon ting to it. The airiness of a Belgian yeast is present as well and some herbal yeast touches. In the taste the sweetness I accept less. For me this comes off too much like sweet leaves and cheap sugar. It is not bad I am just being hard on it. The aroma has some other nice Saison and yeast aspects but those are not present so much in the flavor. It leaves a sharply sweet aftertaste. I wanted to like this Feuillien offering as this brewery was one of my first forays into good beer. But as time passes I see it has a place as an intro beer and not much else. Decent average Saison that is just too sweet, good start. As I see joeMcPhee just added a rating i could see myself easily giving this beer a 3.5 or 3.6 but I am being tough because I have had some great Saisons recently and this just goes in a different direction. Last pour is thicker but not as murky as I would expect.JoeMcPhee (10189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
750mL, fresh, BB 02/03/11, so probably less than 4 months old, which is awesome for a Belgian, St. Paul tulip/snifter glass.
Tap at Ginger Man. Pale golden/straw coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly spicy but also has a fairly prominent soapy quality. Sort of fatty with a fairly prominent clovey note. It’s got a little whiff of sulfurous pils malt and a bit of light fruit. It improves quite a bit as it warms up with the sulfur settling down and the spice and fruit picking up. Lightly herbal with clove, lemon and a touch of wintergreen. Further warming really has the yeast kicking butt. It’s not quite dry enough, but it’s pretty nice nonetheless.
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2009
I was happy to see that St.Feuillien now produces a saison, purchased with high hopes as it is a genuine Belgian ale. I have had many domestic incarnations of ’saison’ , most of them really missing the mark. Popped the cork after pulling from the fridge and allowing it to warm for half an hour. Good report as the cork exited the neck, poured with a moderate head. A bit on the amber side in color. The aroma is moderately spicy, but I also get a lot of candy. Dead ripe watermelon. Taste is nice, good yeast character in this one, some light skinned fruits, maybe some dried apricot, not as peppery as DuPont. Fades out fairly dry, quickly too. Nice, may revisit this again. Sammy (13148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
Enjoyed on tap at The Ginger Man. Light coloured body with caesar head, lacey. Medium mouthfeel of spicy yeast. A tad sour, bold spicy taste for a saison, still good. DerWeg (1763) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Draught @ Ginger Man in NYC 2009- very sweet fruity and without funk or brett character. Aroma and taste of pear (?) with a dry old-hop finish. Kind of weak and subtle. On the very cautious side of ’refreshing.’ ** BOTTLE ** 2012 - adequate dryness, fruit body, apples and pie dough, spicy phenols, aromas of hay citrus and spice. Wicked. A bit sweet overall. thornecb (6202) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Pours gold into a tulip. Medium off-white head recedes fairly slowly to skim surface. Lemon, orange and dusty Belgo-yeast aromas. Sharp with sweet citrus upfront, turning peppery in the middle into a nice, mild hop bite. vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
Thanks Patrick from Rattle N’ Hum. Aroma is full of spices. Full of carbonation which should be expected. Taste was filled with floral flavors and a bit of spices, mainly cinnamon, in the background. Despite all the flavors coming through initially they faded fast leaving you wanting more from this one.