CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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 (4420) - 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...doesn’t entirely gel, but enormously interesting.
5000 (6600) - 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 (8736) - 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 (4545) - 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 DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Monk’s 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 (6162) - 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. There’s 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 à la gueuze. Fresh champaign dryness, cask wood and leafy notes. Interesting mouth entrance where there’s 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.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sour vinegar aroma. Bitterness like orange shells. Low carbonation. Amber colou with no head.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Milky golden/orange w/hints of red, thick head and tons of foam. Apricot, spice,peach and mineral notes on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with noticeable alcohol, some fruit, toffee, carmel flavors and burnt toast notes on the palate. Dry finish that lingers.