TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled vintage 2004 37,5cl
Pink-orange color, lively CO2, good off-white head. Earthy nose with mould, licorice and fruits. Also flavor is earthy: wood, tannins. I can even imagine cow webs there. Some grapes are to balance.Dry, oaky and a bit spicey aftertaste. Certainly "biere artisanale"!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - Poured deep amber with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma was fruity with notes of apples and dough. Some floral hints in the aroma as well. Flavor included apples, bread, spice, some barnyard mustyness. Very complex flavor. On the palate this is highly carbonated and almost fluffy. Quite a tasty drink and definitely an adventure for the tastebuds.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle...dated BB 12/07, so maybe this is a 2002 bottling. Incredible foamer. quite messy. The appearance score basically reflects how badly I wanted to drink this...such a messy pour, foaming all over the glasses, chunks of yeast everywhere...bottle just keeps frothing...Iím not sure that it looked "pretty" or anything...but it certainly begged me to drink it! Huge aroma of spices, barnyard, woodiness, cocoa powder, ect...drinks dry, with an occasionally distracting phenol showing up...not really sour, but leaning that way at times...the beer changes from glass to glass and drink to drink. Very distinct and complex...I wouldnít call it a masterpiece, but it is very solid...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Cloudy orange/gold with a thin head. Aromas are sweet farmhouse. Taste is nicely bitter with some funky tangerine, yeast and sweet candi sugars. Thereís some sweet apples along with cloves to balance it out. I really like the way all of the spices blend together. A really nice saison.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a lot of floaties and a medium offwhite head. Intriguing aroma of spices and yeast. Flavor of spices and yeast, itís acid and citric too. The body is light with a creamy texture and a very strong carbonation. I have mized feelings about this one, some elements are really interesting but the citric flavor isnít something I appreciate in a saison.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 2005. Amber/brown with a huge, airy, foamy, tan head. Nose of plants, spicy yeast, earthy funk, very subtle caramel sweetness, and a rug recently removed from a head shop. Flavor adds some anise-like herbalness, pepper, crisply bitter and earthy hops, some dried fruit, and a dry, yeasty, vegetal finish. A bit of vanilla and roasty malt creep in the aftertaste. Medium palate is soft with plenty of carbonation at the same time. Great brew. Like to try one with about a decade under its belt.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold slight haziness topped with a white mousse head very bubbly with the aroma of yeasty bread,damp cellar and some weird botanical (clover?) Taste is sharp and peppery.The carbonation fills your mouth .Yeasty flavors and some alcohol heat somewhat medicinal in the swallow.It will cure what ales ya!!
thedm (5615) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew was corked and caged with a cork dated 2004. Upon opening, the cork blew out of the bottle before the cage was completely removed. It scared the ... out of me! Kerpow! It came out so fast and the liquid inside foamed up and out of the bottle! What a mess! Donít know why it did that as it was unagitated and had been sitting in our beer fridge for days. We eventually got some into our mugs, but it took forever as it poured only foam for the longest time. The bubbles were finally sized light brown colored and very very long lasting. They left behind a softly carbonated hazy dark orange brown colored body. The aroma was vinous malty and floral. The mouth feel was smooth initially and thick in the middle with a mild vinous finish. The flavor contained notes of alcohol malt mild caramel and raisins. All told, the bottom line was that it was pretty good! And what an experience!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05.07.05 750ml bottle thanks to Eyedrinkale at Heavyweight open house. Cobwebs and pears. Sherry, old. Medium bodied. Lots of sherry and some more musty cork. I really dig these older brews.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavyweight open house. Bottle nearly exploded and left about half of the beer in the bottle with the rest being foam. Had to wait a while to let it die down enough to sample. Pours a hazy deep golden with a good sized white head. Aromas were a lot of barnyard, brett. wet hay, and spices. Good slightly malty, toasty bready flavors with lots of phenols and a mildly acidic finish. Very unique for a saison with all the barnyard aromas in there. Not too much of the traditional earthy spices with hardly any of the dupont yeast characteristics.