sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large white head, excellent retention and sticky lace. Hazy gold/orange hued brew. Musty, earthy, hoppy nose with a touch of maltyness. Light/medium body. Earthy flavors, spicey hops, light fruityness, apples and more hop spices. Finish is dry and bitter, seriously bitter.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hazy blond color with lots of carbonation & creamy head, moderate lacing. The aroma is very fresh with loads of hops, spices & yeast. Very full in the nose and explodes like fireworks. The flavor has a touch of bitterness with lots of thick toasty malt flavor with spicy orange & peppery coriander. Finish is dry and dusty with some residual sweetness & balanced citrus hop tail. Thanks Mads!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour with a creamy head and spotty lacing. Aromas of spicy malts and hops. Bitter hops, coriander, and slight pine. Some fruits linger, apricots mostly. Flavors of bittering hops, spice (coriander), roast malts and some more citrus fruits. Malty and fuzzy palate with a bitter spice finish.
PorterPounder (4932) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly pungent aroma, ends up slightly lemony. Hazy, light orange appearance, tiny beady white head, that fades quickly. Flavor is very yeasty, and tangy and not altogether pleasant. Hints of citrus save it from ruin. Mouthfeel is quite acidic. Had high hopes for this one - quite disappointed.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intens yellow beer with golden shine and good fluffy froth. Nice dry vegetal aromaís that smells like fresh cut grass,accacia and fresh hopbells with a citrus like touch.The taste of this original beer is smooth with a hint of lemon marmalade and a fine dosis of good hops.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 Murky yellow apperance wjth a fair head. Aroma is musty citrus and pine needles. The flavor was sticky sweet and cloying. Tasted like a glass of Sunny Delight. This one might work in small doses but the insane sweetness would not make this a session beer for sure. Overall it was ok. RERATE: Not sure if the one I had was aged but this isnt sweet at all. Very bitter with a dry mouthfeel and a have amount of lemon and orange rines. Im enjoying it more this time around.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 Bread dough forming biscuits within an abundance of pine needles and orange-y spiciness...Crisp cereals are a tad obscured by the yeast, but the green hop flavor and bitterness evolve so gleefully on the tastebuds...A Saison/IPA hybrid (or Flemish Pale Ale maybe) which almost imposes its tasty liveliness but I will never be the one complaining...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with nice thick lasting head. Nice sour, grass and floral hop aromas. Taste is spicy, earthy, lemony and flowers with a light hop bitterness and yeast. Very smooth with a nice hoppy aftertaste.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Original Rating (8-3-8-3-16=3.8): Lemon and grapefruit citrus notes with sweet floral character and gently sour, musty, earthiness in the aroma. Opaque dark straw with white head that recedes to cover with minor lace. Mildly peppery saison-like flavour with bitterness that is assertive without being aggressive. Lemon and grape flavours make appearances. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Simple refreshing body. Iím not sure I would categorize this as a saison although it does have many elements of the style. Itís kind of a hybrid Belgian strong bitter. Bottle (enjoyed with MartinT, Rastacouere and some non-RB tasters).
Rerate (8-5-8-5-16): Strong, floral, lemon citrus, herbal, grassy hop nose is complemented by peppery spiciness. Lightly hazy, deep golden coloured body is topped by a very generous, pillowy white head that lasts forever and coats the glass. Clean fresh malt body supports a dominant floral, grassy hoppiness with intense bitterness. Brett character is notable mostly in the aftertaste. Very dry medium body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue without jachammering it into submission. The comparison with Orval is not undue, as I can see some similarities, although this one is by far more dry and perhaps a bit less funky as well. Large tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature and warmer. Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Dec-05).
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 It pours a muddy golden with an honest off-white head from which only a film will last. Let’s take note that this bottle is a year and a few months past 1 yr old, so the bitterness level must not be what it used to be. First sniff indicated very yeasty aspects that remind me of a cement-floored basement with a bit too high of a humidity level, a fair bit too many cobwebs hanging on the ceiling and just too much dust on the books that decorate the walls. Nevertheless, the hops are strong although not as agressive as I thought, reading the labels, I see they’ve used hallertau which I love. It’s very floral, lemony, slightly resiny, lightly orangey. In mouth, the musty yeast and noble hops work very well together. It’s extremely refreshing, salty with a moderate bitter attack that finishes spicy. Silky medium body, mostly small bubbled carbonation feels a bit low. Excellent, I guess the age made it wonders for me, not being a fan of very citrusy and sour american IPAs.