hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml. bottle corked and caged. Large frothy white head with sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, and an orange hue. Aroma was skunky, funky and sweaty. Yuck! Flavor was some caramel and spicy. Not a good tasting Saison IMO. Smooth, sleek mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Really nice. Nice soft sparkling mouthfeel. Soft yeast, lemon rind, bread, subtle grassy ,herbal qualities. Also agree with Per on the cheese and mineral characters. Finishes, with some light acidity, and peppery alcohol.
JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very high, fluffy head, reasonably stable; dark orange-amber, fully hazy. Bit smoky nose, leather, ironoxide, verbena, higher alcohols? Spicey, iron-y taste, bit cheesy and again leather. Fusels and esters, farmyard flavours, and there’s a set of spruce on the farm, piney tastes coming up retronasal, softly acidic. Well-bodied, reasonably warming, light burning sensation. Very good winterbeer. The exact "golden middle" between spicey X-mas, and spicey-refreshing Walloon beer. Good!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a really good Saison. Spicy, earthy, and malty flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A good, spicy, sugary aroma to this hazy, copper coloured beer with a lovely white head. The taste is very clean with candy sugar notes. Very easy drinking with a lovely texture. Nice stuff.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light caramel with a slight sourness present. Amber/red with a lasting beige head. Sweet caramel malts with a nice light spice in the finish. Little bit thin in body. Ok.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Beer Circus, Croydon, London.. An odd nose, sour/funky. Clean malt, slight spicyness, evident alcohol and a slightly bitter finish. Yeasty.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004. Well made. Aroma is herbal,, yeasty, has some dark belguim candi, aromas and taste of funkiness. Fairly heavy I think for a Saison. Pours will a frothy white head. Body is bubbly and sweet. Balanced finish
hopscotch (8541) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2004) Bottle reads Special Winter Ale and has a lone Christmas tree and lots of snow... artwork is courtesy of Shelton Brothers, I’m certain. Murky, dark amber ale with a huge, rocky, off-white head. Terrific retention with cumulus lacing. Herbal, hoppy aroma with notes of leather, mint, homemade soap and fuzzy fruit. Perfectly balanced flavor with hints of caramel, butterscotch, apricot and mush mellon. The moderately high ABV is invisible. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Fun, but dangerous beer to drink as it goes down easy, but is still deceptively high in alcohol.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL, corked & caged (2004 on the cork, sampled fresh): outrageous, growing, light tan, silky cream head…from experience this one was opened carefully without incedent…Slightly hazed rosy bronze. Effervescent yeasty aroma with a hint of horse-blanket, depths of iron and chalk; strange characteristics for something I would also describe as amazingly fresh – straight from the oven sourdough, wonderful. Strangely sour, but perfectly fresh, wow. Spicy palate, heavily yeasty, but mellows in the end: bitter pears, straw and honey wrap the tongue and soothe the body. Boy I would love to visit that garage someday…