Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was a pleasure to try this beer on draught tonight at Toronado in San Francisco, California. Pale yellow in color with a large head of foam. The aroma is distinctly Dupont, subtle, fruity with hints of hay, glue and pear, lots of pear. The aroma isnít very captivating quite honestly, but the taste, that is another story. Dry, with big, almost sour yeasty/farmhouse notes with big fruit flavors (pear, apple), caramel and this is awfully hoppy by the way. A very good beer. But this is far from being as magical as the 8% Blaugies beers and some of the Fantome beers.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle with many thanks to my secrent santa (JCW) for sendin it. A tremendous pop when pulling the cork signals this is going to be well-carbonated and in need of a good deal of breathing. After 15 or so minutes, I pour in to a tulip what looks to be a bubbly pale-gold liquid, with some light rusty tinges and persistent mountainous white head. Lightly hazy, with a few flecks of yeast suspended. It smells earthy, like damp hay and mold, with some rusty, lightly citric bitterness and a dry caramel nuttiness. The flavor is full and rich, with a huge yeast apparency, persistent sweetness from the honey-almond like malt, with dry caramellized sugar notes. Grain-like spicy notes abound throughout, with a pleasing, zesty mouthfeel and medium-full body. Finishes dry, nutty, yeasty with plenty of honey-wheat breaddough-like flavors and more light citrus hanging around. A good bridge between the sweeter, moldy, cheesy Pipaix and the spicy, more lean and crisp Vieille Provision, as others have noted.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Toronado 12/31/04. This seemed to be rare find on tap ($8.50/glass) and well worth it. Iíve never seen a bottle of it. A rich orange and gold color with a foamy white head. Candy, bubblegum, spiced and citrus flavors. Smooth and creamy without the bite that I expected at the finish. Sweet finish with a long dry aftertaste.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at monks. Slightly cloudy, orangish. Aroma is belgian yeast in character. Sweet at first, with a very pleasant and slightly sour aftertaste.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Slightly hazy in color, with a nice perfect white head. Smooth citrus flavor. Malt flavor is smooth. Very smooth and drinkable. Enjoyable. Excellent beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2003, aged 1 year. yeallow, slightly hazy, perfect white head. Mellow citrus aroma (orange or lemon peel). Smooth light mellow malty citrus flavor. Slight orange or lemon peel bite in the finish. Sooper smooth and drinkable. Tastes non-alcoholic....
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.28.04 750ml bottle. Pours brilliant, hazy golden, highly effervescent, ridiculously massive, rocky, sticky white head. The room is filled with wonderful citrus, pear, Belgian yeasty aromas, hints of funk, fontina, white grape. This beer is going to be good and Iím completely surprised...I really didnít know what to expect. The first sip reveals a glorious brew that seems a cross between wheat beer, abbey tripel, and saison: itís strong, for sure, so sweet and smooth, dabblings in banana, spice (corriander), lithe citrus hints that dance and play with subtle funk. Cool driness helps to finish the brew and makes it unwittingly drinkable. Enjoyable throughout. Great beer.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Monkís in Philadelphia
All of the traditional saison elements, adding a strong banana nut character. Pours with huge lacing atop a cloudy golden body. Finish is both yeasty and boldly hopped. Warm and friendly.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Five beers for a thousand - Beer #997. Draught at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Cloudy yellow/orange. Aroma of fruit & cheese. Flavour is sweet, very fruity and lovely. Not an off flavour in sight, this is incredibly soft and the alcohol is so well hidden. What little alcohol can be detected works so well and is so very pleasent at this massive strength. Wonderful beer.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Monks in Philly. Wow is all I have to say. A ton of different flavors in there, including fruity notes, sourness, bubblegum, and a bit of bitter. Quite strong for something so refreshing.