HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Volo. Slightly hazy amber, a solid, lasting, creamy white head - REALLY made me want to drink it. I had this a couple of years back, it wasn’t all that great - this is the stuff, though! Sharp, dry yeasty/herbal hoppy aroma, spicy - reminded me of a Blanche de Chambly with way more herbal/hop character, the mildly grainy malt character comes through as it warms. Taste is wonderfully bitter and spicy, some fruitiness - this would be a great gateway beer to the saison style - plenty of peppery yeast but it never loses its fresh grain/malt character. Decent body, bitter and astringent on the palate, I found this both very refreshing and quite complex - very well done, anyone who tried the earlier version might want to re-rate.
presario (4799) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
No label? No head? Not much aroma. Flavour is bland although there are hints of saltiness, cloves and pepper. Subtle maybe, but disappointing.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 2004 bottle from a trade with Sammy, thanks man! Consumed on 8/17/2005. Aroma of light vinousness, raspberries, cherries, tart plum juice. Cola and black pepper. Bottle-conditioned fine bubbles. Inky black beer with a ruby-garnet highlight when held to the light. Big, very well-retained yellow-tan head. Pepper, lemongrass and ginger. Yep, ginger, lots of ginger. Flavor begins with black licorice, ginger, deep rooty, chewy herbs and plant roots, maybe some opium-like notes as well. Ginger/anise really stands strong, though not overpoweringly so. Awesome mouthfeel, unfiltered, smooth and lightly tingly. Plenty of lacing. Starts with very dry maltiness, but then ginger and chewy licorice emerge. Retronasal earthy, peppery yeast and figgy notes. Deep traces of coffee. Very fluffy texture on the end. Very dry and attenuated flavor on the end, though, with a bit too much ginger/anise for my liking. Love the mouthfeel though.
I’m a little bit concerned that no one else mentions a deep, dark color and heavy ginger-anise influences. . .
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy gold, lasting white head. aroma of biscuits, yeast, pepper, banana and pear. mouthfeel is light and spritzy. flavour is spicy, bitter and refreshing. nice.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully subtle and soft. Think this might be completely lost on me were I to have sampled after much of anything else that might have impacted my pallet. Light fruity esters and light carbonation letting the hops blend to give a finish that just lingers very pleasantly for a long time, never loosing this remarkable quality. Extremely nice and just as nice for Joey Capps to have provided it. Thanks!
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), with light notes of banana, clove, detergent, hint of coriander. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not very cleanly made, some off notes, and a little too much banana for a saison. Thanks to David for getting to try it, though!
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Doug, You rock!!!!!
Hazy caramel coloured body. Thick foamy off white head....sediment floating through out the entire body, looks great! Aromas of oranges, caramel malts, and slight spicyness. Malt flavour upfornt witha sweet sour and very bitter finish. Spice also there. Slight corn aftertaste. Lingering bitterness and corn flavour. Very cool to try
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thx to Jeremy for this one. Nice light spicing, some orange, malt, funk. Lots going on in the flavor. Clove, orange, tonic (this is the first time I’ve used this in a description in a good way), spicing. good stuff.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bottle Doug! Much appreciated. Thick bubbly of white head sits on top of a heavily carbonated orange coloured body. Lots of sediment here too! Nice! Aroma is of orange peel, spices, sour notes, and sweet malt. Complex! Taste is orange peels, spices, sweet and sour bitterness, and some grassy notes. Long lasting aftertaste that is bitter and sour. Well balanced!
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A compact 1/2 inch head thrones over a yeast particle-filled sand orange body. Portly, doughy Belgian ale yeast aroma with, maybe, some orange zest.
An omnipresent yeast, from doughy to bready, to dusty and bitter, all in a creamy body with low carbonation.
Witnessing all the stages of making bread without getting a taste at the warm and hearty results.
Thanks Stephen for the opportunity!!