Additional notes 01/29/23 (Pictured)
This 11.2 oz bottle is marked at 6.5% rather than the original 6.9.
Sixteen years between notes, and very little to add to what’s below, at least very little that is much different. The head is pretty wispy and light, but does leave the lace noted below. Still light, incredibly refreshing and hoppier than many a saison. The absolute off the charts drinkability remains a feature, and the tasty lemony, punchy lightness is still a feature.
The hop presence builds into a sweetish, soapy mix that is frankly, quite exquisite. Delicious, even better than I remember form years past.
Original notes 05/05/07
Capped, 750 mL bottle, $8.95 from Whole Foods Market. Probably paid a little over the odds at Whole Foods, but it caught my eye. No paper on my bottle.
Not much pop on the bottle opening, but a generous rush of fine carbonation still rises quickly. Poured into the Urthel goblet, it forms an impressive head with an atractive lemon straw body. Very nice lacing, a good looker.
Saison qualities all around, but light. Very refreshing. Fine carbonation and very mild hop presence coupled with the mild funk, almost gives this a champagne like feel. Finishes with a crispness that is classy. A light, citrus tartness completes the package.
Would be very nice as an aperitif on a warm afternoon, or even the kind of thing one could serve at a wedding as a “welcome” drink.
A delicate Saison, not as robust as some others, but a very nice addition to the light, summer drinks arsenal.