matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am reviewing the Winter 2003, actually, it’s the exact bottle in the picture there.. the one with the snowman. I bought this bottle last January, but this year my boss gave me a Magnum, 1.5L bottle for Christmas… the labeling has changed, It’s not quite as catchy…. actually it’s pretty bland, but hopefully this will not discourage.
2003 Pours a cloudy golden amber body and an enormous mound of light tan head. The aroma is lightly spicy.. maybe a hint of rosemary and clove. I mostly grasp the musty lingering barnyard notes of wet hay and grass, hint of lemon, and sautéed apples and pears. The flavor is actually rather light, somewhat doughy, and again… more apples and pears, very fine suggestions of mid summer fruits! It’s lightly spicy and peppery with a tart dry finish… more clove and pine. There is not much complexity to speak of, but almost certainly that in it self is what makes this a bier of complex principles.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The opened bottle oozed its contents for some time. Hazy orange with frothy champagne head. Fruity, spicy nose. Big carbonation and medium body. Taste was astringent, bitter, spicy. Not very good.
MiP (14046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Strange aroma and flavour. slightly sour flavour with OK bitterness.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was a slightly unusual Christmas beer until I came to post my notes an realised it’s down as a saison. Hazy orange colour with reddish tinges. Typical Belgian aroma with oily hops, candy sugar and a touch of yeast. Tangy flavour with tart apple character. Mildly farmyardy. Finish is dry and acidic, sharp even. Quite refreshing. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon (Belgian Christmas Beer Festival).
hotstuff (4393) - 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 (8280) - Ursel, 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 (8750) - 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.