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Review by joe1510 on 11/18/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009

Yet another beer I've been eager to try sent to me by errantnight, thanks Derek! Ne Goeien fills my tulip glass pale golden with mild haziness. The perfectly white head grew quickly to three fingers of tight microbubbles that stick in clumps on the way down. The head slowly falls and eventually rests at a skimming with a thick collar. Chunky history lines are left after each drink. This is how a saison should look.

The dominant features in the nose are grassy hops and candi sugar both of which flash in and out of each other. Sugar cookie like maltiness shines through and a touch of lemon juice is present as well. There is a solid mustiness toward the back that adds a lot of dimension to this saison and is absolutely needed, in my opinion. As the glass warms faint alcohol notes rise through the air and some peach fruitiness.

The grassiness takes hold right up front and never fully let go but does fade enough to allow the other aspects to come through. Drying alcohol faintly coats the tongue before the pale maltiness creeps over every taste bud. A cardamom-like middle comes through and is quite enjoyable met by the mild peachiness that brings along a white pepper quality. The swallow is slightly musty with the grassy bitterness asserting itself again.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and while the carbonation is fast moving it doesn't get to that incredibly airy mouthfeel found in some of the best of the style. The finish is dry and the grassy bitterness coats the tongue lingering around for a few minutes.

What can I say about the drinkability of a quality saison? I think it's one of the most drinkable styles on the planet and Ne Goeien fits right into that mold. The unique fruitiness makes it even easier to put away.

Thanks for the bottle Derek, this is a mighty fine saison. It's somewhat along the lines of Thiriez Xxtra in the bitterness department and anything that reminds me of that beer is a good one as well. Hopefully I can get my hands on another bottle before the warm weather vanishes.

Reviewed: 9/21/08

Served In: Tulip

Review by flyingtaco on 10/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
Original review date 9/1/2008.

Pours the color of a honey champagne blend...tight, soapy, yeasty head that goes pretty quickly on first pour - a little more staying power second time 'round. Nice wheat/yeast haze - almost lemon-ish color.

Bountiful, austere wheat and yeast - even a little sour milky Pilsener scent. A little soft oak and some very mellow coriander and orange zest.

This is tight with electricity. Hops have tight, micely astringent pine on them. Alcohol is there but balanced with hardcore yeast, wheat and oak. Complex - could even use warmth. Nice.

Decent, light tingle from solid carbonation. Citrusy and pine astringency provides a nice hop & sour pucker. Classic Saison tightness - like it's constrained from the barrel.

This is very enjoyable - maybe abundance of flavor and feel preclude supreme drinkability but this is a good late afternoon warmup. Could it age or need warmth? Great classic Saison.

Price: $11.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
A softly vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a light lacing pattern on the sides of the glass and falls in a textured, mesa-forming manner. The beer is a hazy, pale honey color that shows a light, gold, bright straw color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice grassy herbal hop and malt component to it that is bound by a bright citrus note that is a cross between lemon and bergamot. A musty, yeasty aroma is also found here, though this seems to dissipate somewhat quickly. Spicy notes of lemon pepper, young ginger and a hint of something earthy (a mix of clove and coriander).

Dry tasting up front, but a spicy citrus note accentuates a soft sweetness as the beer flows across the tongue. The beer is fairly light, definitely quaffable, but has a body to it that almost seems contributed by a tannic hop component. Speaking of hops, this is definitely a hoppy Saison; a nice, substantial, biting bitterness that hits the tongue fairly early in a sip and continues to linger after the beer has slid down my throat and there is an expressive, floral hop flavor here that reminds me of lightly sweetened lemon zest, a touch of lemon basil and a palate coating, sort of menthol like, perhaps a touch of rosemary-like turpenes, almost tannic hop character really boosts the hop components here. Yeast-derived flavors are here (as they should be with a Saison), but they play a slightly secondary role to the vibrant hop character; still, flavors of clove, earthy coriander, estery ginger and fruity notes of green apple and some ripe pear.

Definitely a nice example of a hoppy Saison; I can get both my hop fix and my Saison-funk fix at the same time with this beer (even though at this point the hop character is a bit more dominant the yeast characteristics). I definitely like that this has achieved the necessary dryness that a Saison really needs to hit so that it remains eminently quaffable.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by k3n on 08/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 15 4 7 2008
750ml bottle, cork/caged.

A: Hazy golden-yellow, poured up with about 1/2" of eggshell head, which quickly receeded, leaving droopy lacing over my tulip glass.

S: Faint spice and citrus. Faintly funky.

T: Light, spicy/peppery, hints of fruit...seems like everything is in the background, and nothing dominates.

M: Carbonation is prickly and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, but so far, doesn't seem very memorable.

Served In: Tulip

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