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Review by SAP on 09/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2009
This appears to not be bottle conditioned at all as there is not sediment noticeable. A stiff pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a light amber, almost honey color that shows a lightly hazed, yellow gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a sweet herbal honey, lemon zest, a sort of musty fermented grain note, a spicy grain note, some definite grassy notes, a touch of crushed pale grain towards the finish and some dry cracker like malt character. This has a nice rustic grain character to it, though I could wish for a bit more yeast character, but it is still quite interesting and I am definitely enjoying the aroma on this beer.

The beer is quite dry tasting all around; I am glad the honey note in the nose was purely aromatic. The beer finishes with a touch of astringent, cracker like grain and a softly biting hop bitterness. There is a persistent, medium carbonation that provides some structure and effervescence; even though I think it could use a touch more, it is quite sufficient. Grassy hop and grain notes combine with a light herbal hop character a touch of musty fermentation character and a solid spiciness in the finish. The spicy notes seem to be purely fermentation derived with some biting phenolics that are a bit like clove, but not like one typically finds (more subtle than in some beers I think), there is also a nice peppery spiciness, perhaps a touch of young ginger and even some notes that remind me quite a bit of muted frankincense (I made the mistake of chewing some of this once, but at the softer levels found in this beer it works quite well). After a bit of time some fruitiness is noticed and brought out by a very slight sweetness that seems a touch like an herbal honey; this beer is still pretty dry overall though. This is quite quaffable, while I wouldn’t characterize this as a bone dry example of the style, it is still nice and light and perfect for a hot Summer day.

Honestly I wasn’t really expecting much of this beer, luckily it has turned out to be quite enjoyable. I would love to see a bottle conditioned version that was excessively carbonated, but this is a more than serviceable Saison that I would happily consume a couple bottles of.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Lightened pale straw color, much like a medium lemon juice hue and just as cloudy. It grows an emmense capping of starchy white foam that barely moves from its position once established. Lots of lacing in chunky, broken sheeting places itself across the glass with might.

Aroma is mostly dryish of chalky clove and mild wheat and lemon underneath.

Flavors are of a good portion to a well rounded wheaty malt sweetness, semi bready, pink bubble gum float up the sides and stick well with bready hints and lots of tender spices liven it up as it builds slightly with partial drying warm vapors of metalic clove and floral chalky hops.

Body is a fairly fullish medium kind of thing. Malty, but lofty and unchewy until late as it has a late return of bubblegummy hints sticking to the cheeks as the spices and dryness take the rest of the palate into a fun balancing act.

A solid Saison by New Holland. Quite drinkable with a nice little complexity and tone to it.

Price: $8.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 09/16/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2008
A - Pour produces a one inch white head of loose foam. This quickly recedes, but leaves about a quarter inch on top. Body is light yellow in color, with a very slight haze to it. Lots of bubbles quickly rising to the surface.

S - Sort of citrusy and lemony. Hay and a bit of wheat. Bready. Pepper.

T - Starts with a bready pale maltiness with a slight sweetness. Hay and wheat come in, bringing along with them some light citrusy lemon, but no real bitterness to speak of. Turns slightly yeasty, but it's light. Very fresh tasting, if there is such a thing. Finishes with some spiciness, mostly black pepper. No real aftertaste to speak of.

M - On the heavy side of medium bodied. Full carbonation, but somehow it end up being soft.

Overall - Not overly complex, which keeps it from the upper eschelon of the style. Still a tasty beer. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Served In: Tulip

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