FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Sampled January 2005, 2004 vintage
Pours a hazy amber color with orange highlights and it is topped by a frothy, thick, rocky, light gold colored head. The aroma is dry, austere, and spicy, with a sharp herbal nose that reminds me of damp wood, ginger, clove, bergamot, and a bunch of other aromatics. This has quite a complex nose to it, and is quite the sniffing beer. This beer is quite well carbonated as it froths madly as I hits my tongue. It is fairly dry up front, but carries a great maltiness that has notes of crusty French bread, caramel, and lightly toasted biscuits. There seems to be a bit of tart acidity here as well, which helps to balance the beer out. The beer is not as spicy in the taste as it is in the nose, but it still has a sharp, almost astringent herbal note, plus muted note of all of the spices that I found in the nose.
This beer is pretty light on the palate, while still packing in a bunch of complex flavors. It is definitely quite enjoyable, and would seem like it would pair quite well with food. While I still agree that this beer is not quite as hearty as I would perhaps want it, it is quite complex and quite enjoyable, and I am really enjoying this beer as it grabs my attention with each sip to try and figure out what different flavors are hitting my tongue.
Sampled October 2004, bottle is at least from 2002 season
Pours a hazy orange copper color with a thick fluffy light tan head. As I pour I get nice aromas of cider, and musty earth. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get notes of bergamot, tropical fruit, fresh cut apples, perhaps some note of chanterelles, and of course a spicy herbal character that is often characteristic of a Saison. The beer is characteristically well carbonated, which tends to accentuate the spiciness of this beer. It is light on the palate and has a bit of sweetness to it that accentuates the fruity notes of apple, pear, and plum. There are spicy notes of lemon peel, ginger, coriander, pepper, perhaps some mint, and orange peel. There is also a light tartness to this beer, which accentuates the refreshing character of this beer.
This is definitely quite nice, though it is perhaps more appropriate for the late spring season, as it is quite light and refreshing. As the carbonation dissipates a bit the maltiness begins to come to the fore: there are some notes of fresh whole grain bread, and a hint of caramel like sweetness. This really is quit nice, but it is perhaps missing a fullness in the flavor department, something a bit more lingering and hearty for the cold winter months.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My fourth beer from the Blaugies brewery! Beer pours reddish orange with the expected massive off white head that thins down but is retained. Aroma is a treasure, there are so many things going on here, including: light sweet malt, but also a delicious sour vinegar aroma that is absolutely mouth matering. Some light floral notes as well. Not as much sourness in the flavor as the aroma, flavors include lots of spices, a profound yeastiness, and a wonderful rich maltiness. Get this if you can.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the GABF Dr. Bill tasting: Pours a cloudy hazy golden topped with a thin off-white head. Dry, rich, Belgian spiced unique licorice-like aroma. Body has a nicely balanced sweetness of bready Belgian caramel malt and a dry aged hoppy bitterness. Nice spiced presence throughout and good complexity. This is a very nice saison. Thanks Dr. Bill!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Deep Orange. Dense, rocky head. Aroma begins as I step into the perfumery. Fragrances of orange, browned red apples, honey, sticky herbs, loads of earth, peach, lemon, toasted grains and butter. Divine, characterful, rustic, bizarre, distinct and simply incredible. Coating texture. Delicate. Notes of brown sugar, burnt banana, pepper, peach and green apples. I love the distinct rustic farmhouse qualities of their beers and their rich, dry and grainy maltiness. The best saison I have ever had and possibly the best beer I have ever had.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy honey, massive chunks of yeast suspended, unending gouts of foam. Lemon-crem-tarragon dominating a sharp nose; initially sour flavors, developing into sweet-tart chocolate; full body, lemon-grapefruit citrusy hops make a late entrance. Heavy carbonation, bits of honey, herbal and peppery notes...doesnít entirely gel, but enormously interesting.
5000 (5981) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle overflowed when opened, pours a murky dark amber, large foamy off-white head with small specs in it, plenty of bits floating about, tremendous amounts of carbonation, with sticky lacing.   Spicy aroma, somewhat earthy & musty, maybe a bit of citrus as well.   Forwardly earthy/musty, semi-sweet, spicy, with a light peppery flair.   Good body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Finishes very earthy, a bit dirty.   Overall its decent, but not sweet or citrusy enough for what I usually enjoy.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Orange candy is emboldened by vanilla sweetness; an eclectic profile for such a dry Christmas brew...Earthy yeast and faint cantaloup add depth in an otherwise soft finish... If you are able to get most of the yeast away from your glass, this is a compelling, easygoing countryside brew that lets itself be drunk...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Original Rating (9-4-8-3-17): Marzipan, herbal spiciness, touches of alcohol, light barnyard and horse blanket all marry well in the aroma. Orange-brown with generous off-white head that recedes to ring and plenty of yeast in suspension and sedimented. Hay, camomile, pepper, oak, musty yeast and citrus-grapefruit flavours. Gentle bubbles through fairly high carbonation. Medium body. Kind of a belgian strong/gueuze-like saison. Very interesting and enjoyable. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (8-4-8-5-16=4.1): Herbal, spicy, cookie dough aroma is quite yeasty. Opaque orange-copper coloured body with plenty of yeast in suspension. Decent, fine bubbled, white head recedes to cover with some sudsy lacing. Herbal, grassy, doughy, bready malt flavour with light, fruity esters. Soft texture to the medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled at DenverLoganís pre-GABF party 2005.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Monkís Cafe. Medium amber, OK head. Extraordinary aroma of green oak and dry aged hops. Flavor matches, with a certain depth of sweetness on the end. A nutty flavor developed as it warmed and some more yeast was swirled in. Great stuff.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange hue, lots of floaties all around the glass. Initially a generous off-white head, foamy and sticky diminishes to a long-lasting 1cm cover. Original aroma, even for a belgian. Thereís some saison character, but also some winter beer spiciness. Powerful yeast comes out in the form of cobwebs, wood chunks. Definite hay-like herbal profile while the hops are also very present and seem a bit old a cheesy ŗ la gueuze. Fresh champaign dryness, cask wood and leafy notes. Interesting mouth entrance where thereís a mysterious musty blue cheese flavor coming from the yeasty. Champaign character with even the very dry grapes gueuze-like finish. Hints of sage, wood, hay, honey, cereals, grass. Gentle bitter finish. Fluffy and bubbly body, smooth and cooperative medium body. Great beer that picks elements from many beer styles.