Updated notes 11/06/22
Since my original notes 15 years ago, I basically haven’t seen this beer since! I suspect that this bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando that was purchased in July 2022, may be a bottle that’s been hanging around that long!
Having said that, it drank OK. Still carbonated, and still essentially NOT a Saison! It looked fine, with good clarity and and an Amber body, and basically that’s how it rank in 2022 – like a slight malty, yeasty, standard Amber Ale of some description.
I suppose if one were to treat this beer like that (an Amber) then things wouldn’t be too bad, but if you’re seeking a Farmhouse/Saison experience, as the notes below suggest, you’re not going to get it.
Glad I re-visited it, but that will be that.
Original notes 03/18/07
$6.99 Green’s, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 750 mL bottle.
Well, this came out of left field to say the least. Like no other Saison I have had. Dark, dark orange cloudy pour with a huge, dirty, light and fluffy head that leaves some filthy lacing. Many, many degrees darker than any Saison I have experienced, in fact it looks more like a Dunkel of some description.
Thin body, and lacks any kind of farmhouse funk aroma. Atypical in that respect too. Not much to this beer, in fact rather bland outside of a very, very bitter finish (grapefruit and dry tea). In fact the over-stewed tea-like look of the beer and the tanin taste are the major features of this brew. Rather odd if you ask me, not really part of the contemporary Saison crowd, and in addition really difficult to pin down outside of that moniker too. Frankly I didn’t like it much.