SanfordBrewer (1369) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cloudy straw with white clumps and a thin white head. Soft medium body with medium carbonation.
Aroma: bright sourness, sweet pilsner malt, and just a hint of sage. Has a definite honey and lemon character to it.
Taste: citrusy tartness, moderate lambic character, pilsner malt, and minty sage.
Very nice, refreshing, and complex. Sour enough to be thirst quenching, yet still sessional. A great beer that i was not expecting.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in the Swiss mountains.
From the exploseive pop of the brown belgian-styled flip top bottle the liqud goodness of this brew emanated to the mouth of the bottle, but I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass quickly with an uncontrollable white head with tons of brown bits in it. THe head recedes rather quickly to a froth atop the beer leavng some ornate lacing. The beer s a murky cider-like color with a nice cache of goodies sitting in the bottom of the glass.
This one smells amazing, there are hints of lemon lime, apple peel, sourness, a hint of woodsy pine, fruity, yeast twang, and a nice blast of sage. The sage smells very fragrant and perfumey. There is a little bit of alcohol burn in the nose but not overt.
The body is smooth but well-carbonated, in fact some pretty exceptional mouthfeel overall. The taste is very bold and has some tartness and spice that melts into a smooth sage and malty finish. Not really sure how to describe the taste on this one, it is just a smooth easily palatable flavor, yet it has some tang and sourness. The alcohol is more apparent as you go but not overt.
Overall this is a unique brew that should be tried at least once and savored
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-11-2009 02:30:24
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is tasty. Don’t really notice the sage all that much,except way after finished drinking. Taste quite a bit like a crisp Belgian blonde. Nice.
lachrymalisis (331) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dry honey malt, fresh herbal aromas and flavors, laced with beautifully dry, vinous sour fruit flavors. This redefines what beer can be.
Hildigöltur (5105) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy blonde with white head. Amazing aroma. Spicy and candyish (the aroma reminds a bit of the hated Ceres Bering Bryg). The flavour has a very nice medicinal bitterness. This is a very original and interesting beer. Thanks Alex.
SubCapt (23) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 [update Jun 30, 2006]
Jerôme’s been obviously working on it, and the current batches have evolved towards more stability and a more mastered fermentation process.
The beer’s become noticeably drier, crisper, both the sage and the final bitterness coming out a lot more clearly.
La Meule’s definitely carving a niche as one of Switzerland’s great beers.
[Jun 10, 2005]
Nice orange-ish golden colour, slightly cloudy.
Good stable white head.
Nose fruity and spicy / herbal aroma, ranging from ginger (there’s none) to italian herbs (sage is used here, according to the brewer, but it took me four years to extract this confession).
Amazing palate echoing the nose, with more sage, a touch of sourness (depending of age of samples), and a good herbal / grassy / spicy final bitterness.
Has known a slight drop in quality in 2002, but is now back on track, and damn well so !
Ages pretty well (three years, easily) and it is worth keeping a week or so upright at the bottom of the fridge, to make sure it settles, and pour it gently to obtain a clear one. The sage, especially, gets a lot crisper then.
One of the great, defiantly original yet damn drinkable, beers of Switzerland.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was spicy and peppery with a moderate herbal note. Sweet candy came to mind with a lightly citrus and grassy presence in the background. The aroma was fruity and complex. The golden beer was slightly hazy with a moussy tall white head which laced the chalice from top to bottom. The flavor was lightly spicy with pepper and cinnamon and an herbal quality. The spices were complex and well achieved. The flavor was lightly sweet at first on the palate but was tamed immediately by a spicy and grassy bittering which finished with a slight flourish of citrus. The body was medium with a sizable carbonation which led to a creamy texture on the palate. The peppery spice lasted well into the aftertaste and beyond. An immediately interesting and complex beer, well done! 11.15 fl ounce flip top bottle.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy straw-yellow body under a big fatty white head. Neat aroma - smooth, sweet pale malts with gentle floral/spicy hops and sage laid on top. Not strong stuffing-style sage just what a fresh plant might smell like. Did I say this thing smelled sweet? The flavor kicks it in with a big bitter start: dandelion / stemmy / pith hops, a floral element, and a stronger, juicier sage. Underneath it all hides a lightly toasted pale malt. Light body aided by velvety carbonation. A hoppy, interesting brew. Try it in spite of its low score!
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: You really have to give this beer credit for the presentation. It is a cool unique stubby little flip top bottle. When Bob flipped the top open it popped like a gun shot and the whole room turned to see.
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with very active carbonation bubble rising rapidly.
Smell & Taste: The flavors in the beer are complex and I only had a share of this beer so I will need to re-visit it if I ever get the opportunity. I got a very spicy ginger and sage character, earthy grassy hops and a significant amount of dryness. The variety with in the Belgian Pales continues to impress. Every beer is so unique.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated creamy medium body beer.
Drinkability: I am definitely going to seek this out again. My share went down way to quickly.
Hope this is helpful.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Doughy wheat aroma with plenty of ginger spiciness and woody, herbal hops. Hazy, almosy opaque yellow body is topped by a decent white head that recedes to a generous and lasting cover with some lacing. Spiciness is more apparent in the flavour though wheat is very notable. Woody, ginger, leafy, herbal and cinammon characteristics are all featured with an earthy, musty undertone. Smooth texture to the medium body with lively, but soft bubbled, gentle effervescence. Sampled at Mondial 2006.