Joeh (2049) - 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 (1275) - 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 (9519) - 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, Iím 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 headÖfrom experience this one was opened carefully without incedentÖSlightly 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 Ė 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 somedayÖ
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled. Had so much carbonation that after the cork was popped it overflowed for about a minute. Anyway, it has a lightly clouded orangish/brown color with a lot of carbonation(duh) and a small white head. Smell is of yeast/spice. Taste is malted/spice/citrus and finishes with a somewhat herbal flavor. Overall it was not my thing. It had kind of an odd smell that I did not like and it mixed with the taste.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The cork explodes from the bottle as soon as the cage is loosened - surprisingly small head considering the explosive opening - aroma of damp vegitation, hints of pear and apple - light bodied, but not what I would call thin - spicy and herbal up front, with slight hops - apple peach and plum flavors come in - some grain in the finish - not all that flavorful for a winter ale, and, as others have noted, this, coupled with the light body, make it more appropriate for warmer weather - save it for the spring and it will work well.
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 (1425) - 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 (7132) - 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.