RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stale, sour aroma that I found a little off-putting. Decent tartness with some apple cider notes, honey and floral as well. Very spritzy and light on the palette. Likeable enough!
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber body that is a little cloudy. An extraordinary amount of bubbling activity from the etching in my tulip. The head is large and light off white. The smell is a litel overwhelming with delcious honey, hay and some funky dried apples. This is a great smelling beer. The taste reminds me of waffles without any thing on top. There is also a dry hay note with some light dandelions. it gets a little sweeter as you drink. A nice saison that hits with a high abv punch that you cannot detect at all.
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a small amber head. Aromas of ginger, straw and barnyard. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of straw, horseblanket and a hint of apple with a dry finish.
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber beer with lots of particles. Big, white head. The aroma is yeasty, musty and tart at the same time with some cheese notes. Sweet and sour, lots of fruitiness. A very original spiciness, moving towards a bitter finish. Fizzy, medium body. A complex and quite original brew, may need a couple of tastings before becoming one’s favourite, though.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur ambrée, mousse crémeuse et persistante. Séduisantes caractéristiques des levures de la maison…moyennement sauvages, grange, toiles d’araignée, herbes vertes, bien maltée aussi. À re-essayer !
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy copper body with a large off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, cheese, and mustiness. Flavor of spicy yeast, fruitiness, and spices with a somewhat bitter finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy orange body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and floral with a touch of malt, a little pepper and a touch of spice. Medium bodied, numbing on the tongue and a touch warming.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unhinged the coil clamp, cork pops off and we’re ready to party. In the glass, it’s a beautiful hazy brownish-orange with a foamy tan, 1/2" thick head, leaving some of the most attractive lacing known to man. Aroma entices with pepper, orange rind, sweet and sour apricots, sage, perfume and tart grapes. Flavor begins as subtle and reserved, and then the complexities introduce themselves. Mild oranges suffice for any souring compound that might have been predicated in the nose. Cinnamon, peppered yeast phenols and orange crème flavoring is so cohesively melded that pointing out individual characteristics is futile. Herbal intersections countermand mildly spicy hops. Effervescent, light and appreciatively creamy at times. Finishes like orange blossom muffins. A top notch saison.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I must say, I wasn’t too thrilled with the aroma of this Saison from start to finish. It’s musty and dirty like a Chicago basement after a heavy rain. There’s some tartness and yeastiness and old moldy fruit, but mainly it’s basement. Looks nice, a hazy gold with a fizzy, living head that was too busy erupting to do much lacing. Tart on the tongue, it’s got some nice juicy fruit tastes atop some soggy Wheaties with a squirt of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, and a handful of dust. The finish is tart, dirty, and leaves the mouth watering... whether that be for more or an attempt to fight infection, I’m not sure.
I’m glad I looked at this ale’s page before going to drink and am indebted to BBB63’s warning, which probably saved my vision from that missile made of cork.
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BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle (2002) served in my NB Worthy glass:
A slightly hazy orangy hue with small floaties and a initial HUGE frothy head whoch does slowly fade and okay lace. WARNING: Bottle cork may be dangerous to your guests and it produces a gusher! The aroma has notes of apple, starfruit, musty and cellar yeast esters, a bit of woody notes, and some light peppery spice. The taste starts with a nice twangy fruit and undertones of wheat and pale malt. Additional notes of clove, white pepper, and orange zest add some depth. Followed by a sublime flowery presence that makes it more a summer brew than a winter IMO. Palate feel is lively (perhaps too much) and refreshing. Nice zing every once in a while. An interesting beer that most people would have like to try more of instead of cleaning up the messy counter. I dig everything else about this beer.