ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out with a large white head, yellow color body. Immediately the smells are coming out of it, yeast, hops, malt. This beer is really good, if not incredible. Taste is sweet, yet strong, smooth yet you know this beer is not joking around. Something I could drink a large amount of, and feel terrible in the morning. Really good beer. Really really good beer.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poofy, large white head, big bubbled, rocky and long lived, lacing is sticky. Orange/gold colored brew with a generous haze. Nose is delicately fruity, lemony with notes of marshmellows, mellons and yeast. Body is lightly medium, carbonation is initially agressive but settles to a softer more drinker friendly level as it warms. Doughy, yeasty flavors, lightly puckering, crab-appley notes with a touch of bubblegum and citrus, lightly grassy. Dry finish. A tough one. Was expecting a bit more drinkability from a dupont.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The beer was picked up from Green’s in a green bomber with a cork and wire cage. The vintage 05 was visible on the side of the cork before opening. The thud heard while uncorking was resoundingly solid, and the body poured out pale golden, clear, and well carbonated, and formed a head that built up above the rim of the glass. It was very Duvel-esque in its looks, which is almost always a sign of good times ahead. The carbonation never ceased during the entire drinking session. And the lacing had to be seen to be believed.
The aroma was yeasty and spicy, and had hints of lemon peel and hay. These smells are usually associated with mild smelling beers, but this one was as aromatic as a West Coast IPA. The taste was bone dry and refreshing due to the tart and spicy flavors floating atop ethanol. Very delicately balanced, yet quite bold, this was a superlative ale in its primacy. The mouthfeel was light and ephemeral, and the aftertaste peppery and tantalizing. If there was any fault to be found here, it was in the highly spicy character throughout, which might not appeal to everyone. Bust as you might have figured out by now, spiciness increased the appeal of this beer to me.
A very contemplative, and evocative drink that was a rare find not in availability, but in quality. Seek it and enjoy the best wishes of the brewer, they mean it.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Apears a hazy gold with plenty of yeast in suspension and a 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smell is yeasty, clove, vanilla, pepper, barnyard funk, honey, and a mild whiff of dried out bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas not dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with honey, and yeastyness swirling around.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
rather expensive, but worth it. golden color with a huge white head. yeasty fruity aroma that is suprisingly easy to drink. thin bodied.
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a light hazy golden with a large foamy off white head that laced nicely. Aroma was lemon, yeast, grassy, light alcohol and vanilla. Flavor was spicy, peppery, yeasty and dry.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Straw orange yellow pour with a loverly offset shade of white peach. Head stands up for an encore on this one, reaching a headburg of titanic proportions. Well balanced floral yeast dipped in a light sauce of lemon, honey, and coupled with a morning freshness reaching high into the alps. Soft chewy tart like with fresh clove and peppermint. hold it around the mouth and breath out it opens up the bouquet. Best to let this one sit and open up. keep those vents open!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Slightly murky yellow-gold color with a towering rocky white head. Floral spiciness, acedic sourness, and some malty sweetness in the aroma. Tart nose with some mouth-coating herbal astringency. Heavy bubblegum and clove flavors with a tinge of barnyard funkiness. Dry, slightly vegetal finish with residual clove and a complex spiciness. Mouthfeel is light, very dry.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Poured a nice dark golden color, with great head. Lacing was solid. Aroma was yeasty some spices. The flavor had yeast, barnyard and just plain funky, good funky that is. Had a bitter finish/aftertaste. Solid solid beer."
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[ Bottled ; chilled ; average of different batch ; from backlog ]
A mostly lasting large frothy white head that tops up a hazy medium yellow body. Moderate lacing. Few thin particles. Few medium bubbles. Aroma presents malt being light hay while hops are moderate herbs /grass/wild ... Yeast character is moderate earth. Also, there are evident evocations of oranges/cinnamon... Initial flavor is medium acidic/tartness while development is moderate sour with some traces of different spices, ranging from peppery yeast to more complex corriander. Woody tones... Finish is medium and leads to a spicy yet restrain form of bitterness, atypical to saison. Medium to full body... creamy texture... Lively carbonation...