tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity and spicy aroma with a doughy yeast character and plenty of chewy malts. Clear golden body is topped by a generous and lasting, fine bubbled, white head that laces well. Fruity, doughy sweet flavour with herbal and peppery notes. Smooth texture to the medium body with lively, fine bubbled, effervesence that is gently prickly on the tongue. Not sure how well it fits my idea of a saison but this is certainly an enjoyable Belgian Strong Ale. Sampled at GABF 2005.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: grains, grass, and wheat
Appearance: yellow, small white head, some lacing
Flavor: grass, wheat, hay, mint leaves
Palate: smooth and spicy
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Totally clear golden straw body hails a fizzy diminishing off-white head. Aroma is rather spicy hinting at grains of paradise, peppercorn, ginger, but even at that, the malt base is surprisingly potent, both caramelly and cerealic. The white wine appearing yeastiness somehow manages to bring herbal figs and grapes into the blend, that starts to become more than original. Once again, the surprise is tall when alcohol feels its way to our senses and the tart citric and lactic components become obviously more than a fad. Most interesting.
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear gold. Very smooth with a nice carbonation level. Big, rich and sweet malts with a bit of sour-citrus mixed in. Nippy coriander and pepper. Dryish finish; moderate bitterness. Not enough funk, IMO, but still really tasty and a pleasure to drink.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose-soft soap, heather, and lavander. Clear gold body with foamy head. Taste-corriander, black pepper, very soft
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice version, or as my 16 month old would say, "pica pica pica pica". I don’t know what that means, but she says it when she’s happy. So, pica pica pica pica!!
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark orange with a White head. Big time citrus aroma and flavor. The spices that it is brewed with shine through wonderfully. Very nice.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is light amber with a thin tan head...smell is spicy with gingerbread, nutmeg, and yeast...the nose is fantastic...delicate mouthfeel...taste is spicy with some clove and corriander, but lots of ginger, pepper, and light citrus fruits...finish is too quick...
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught and served by the ghost. :-) Golden/orange color with small head (will get better since it was just put on tap). The aroma is yeasty, mild sweetness and a nice touch of malt. The flavor has some coriander, sweetness (orange peel?), some pepper notes and it is very smooth. Great beer!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark orange with a white head and good creamy lacing. Citrus (sweet orange and coriander) and pepper nose. Flavors of pepper, citrus, earth, malt, and fruit.. Nice creamy finish. Very drinkable. Way to go Brian!