Hildigöltur (5104) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very explosive. Extremely pale coloured with floaties. Woody aroma. Dry and earthy flavour with woody notes. Quite nice.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Explosive overflowing beer. Hazy pale yellow colour with a white head. Malty yeasty aroma with fruity sweet notes. Yeasty, earthy flavor with a light sweet fruityness.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sour and acidic spice nose. Pours very murky and well conditioned. Oranze zest and pepper nose. very dry and earthy palate. Almost a touch of wild rice on the palate and a good tart finish.
kane (111) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think I almost got spelted by the cork ! Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head. Aroma of inside barn dirt, loft dust, slightly ripe pear, cigar wrapper. Upon tasting the first thing I notice is how dry this is, in a refreshing way. Taste of pepper, fresh bread, smoke, grass. I love the word primitive in the description. The new label fooled me for a few but I hope these Belgian garage brewers change nothing as this is a great beer.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden-orange color, huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity sour lemony spicy flavors, peppery finish. Medium bodied with a crisp, super carbonated mouthfeel, this is a spectacular brew.
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cork bottle. Very pale gold with abundant white head. Tasted more like a Belgian wheat beer than a saison - mostly yeast flavors with little of the complexity it expected.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just barely untwisted the wire cap and the wire snapped, hesitated about a half second then went flying across the room with a loud POP- cork and cap together. Slight foaming but nothing rediculous. Pours a massive slightly off white head- probably the closest thing I have seen to a duvel head. The spelt’s massive amounts of protiens must contribute to the gigantic head. Very hazy light gold color with a fair amount of yeasties and other particles. Leaves a massive thick curtain of lace around the entire glass. Aroma is initially wild yeasty, but not too much on the barnyard side- although later on it appears on the tongue. Moderately spicy, moderate to high phenolic, yet no clove or vanilla. Some orange notes, coriander, light pepper, and smooth sweet wheat notes. Very light salty aromas as well blend well with the light spicing. That traditional saison yeastiness similar to dupont but even more extreme. The yeast strain on this beer must be very robust as it is able to take this beer down to 1.002 from 1.048 according to Markowski. The flavor is initially spicy with a lot of wheat (33%) good phenolics, some orange fruitiness and lots of yeast. Towards the middle and end the hay/barnyard and leather come into play, but not nearly as much as brett. adds. This wild yeast is much smoother and not as intense yet very apparent. Nice finish, and despite its rediculously low gravity, this beer ends up tasting extremely smooth, and dry, but the dry side is masked by the high protien content again and actually makes for an enjoyable finish. As it warms up to room temp the finish gets slightly washed out and the overall drinkability goes down. Best served slightly chilled. I loved this beer. And at $6.25 a 750 you can be sure Im going back to buy at least 3 more bottles.
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very explosive beer after two years lying down in the fridge - more than half of the content came out upon opening. An unclear orange beer with a disappearing head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with notes of yeast. The aroma is sweet and extremely spicy combined with notes of citrus, leading to a dry end.
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy pale yellow colour with no head. Yeasty light acid fruity aroma and a Sweet spicy fruity yeasty taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle (at least 2 years old): as soon as the cage was lifted, the cork actually removed itself, no overflow, but bubbles quickly began to form and fill the neck. Crystal clear lemon gold with an enormously thick, creamy white foam on top. Sweet limestone and chalky barnyard aroma combine with wonderful leather and rose petal notes in a quiet, but understated effervescence. Soft, yet strongly carbonated palate – full flavours and everything that you can dream of for a Saison: complex peach fuzz, fresh straw, dry earth, sweet floral notes, a taste of perfume, sticky honey. A true work of art, genius…if I can be so bold.