BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl Corked 2003 vintagePoured a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma slightly sour and fruity. Some lemon, skunk and barnyard funk also present. Really wonderfully complex. Body is medium with a velvety smoothness and a lively carbonation. Flavor is spicy like a Tripel with some nice citrus in there as well. Good retention leaving scattered lacing in my Trappist glass. Overall one of the best in this style that I've had.
dirkbreedveld (287) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice to have it on the tap, but not really someting to come back for, it's to my taste to lightly flavoured in nose and first taste, but the finish is much better, slowly the aroma's develop in your palate. It's a nice X-mas beer, but not the best.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick, tight, white head. A nice, complex aroma. Some sweetness, orange peel, coriander, straw/hay, grass and a light floral perfume. Not extremely funky in the nose; however, there were occasional bouts of funk that almost resembled a light skunkiness. Sort of a light and airy mouthfeel with an effervescence that tickles the tongue. The flavors are quite exquisite. Lightly floral with pleasant citrus tendencies. Things are well complimented by a nice spicy yeast character and a bitter hop finish. Clean and dry with only a hint of sweetness (green apple and honey) from time to time. A very pleasing Saison for a cold Chicago night. Many things to frielock for sending me down memory lane and back to the warm summer (despite it being a holiday beer).
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a good frothy lasting head, almost clear orange, sweet & malty flavor and tase
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow color with a beautiful frothy white head. Has a good complexity of malt, citrus, and spice. Very nice.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy straw color like the label, thicker white head. Malt, citrus, and musty barnyard in the aroma. Flavor was malty up front with some citrus, funk, and quite a bit of hops at the end. Mouthfeel was lively, had a dry finish, excellent masking of the alcohol. Very good.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottled, Monk's). Straw color with voluminuous white head and brilliant clarity. Malt & yeasty rustic aroma with amazing musty barnyard undertones. Wonderful complexity with strong malt lead-off and firm bitter & very dry finish. Substantial alcohol and big body. A real winner.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden blond with a strong fluffy white head. The nose is sweet and earthy. There is malt, candy sugar, musty basement and moldy rag in the nose. Absolutely wonderful taste! More malt, some barnyard notes, wheat and yeast, flowers, light spice and many more that I can't describe. Complex and bountiful taste. It finishes with a light bitterness and definite spice. Awesome beer!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hay, tilled earth, mold, slight wet barnyard, and a touch of honeycomb. Glowing yellow with a thick swath of foam. Subtle bitterness with grassy sweet malts, earthy hops with a slight but thick bitterness. Finnishes with lots of subtle fresh grain. Great relaxing saison.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2002 750mL Bottle served at 10ºC in a saison flute.
Upon opening, the cork exploded off the bottle with tremendous force almost putting a hole in my ceiling...impressive. Pours a crisp beige sand color with large white champagne like head, lacing sticky as a Hawaiian gecko's feet. Aroma is RICH with ripe citrus fruit and a terrific tart barny background, best saison aroma I've had yet, world class. Flavor is complex sour with barely a hint of alcohol, this is has wonderful leather flavors and sweet complexities. Hints of unfermented candi sugar are there too, so this would age to a 5 I believe. Fruity carbonated finish with a slight tart alcohol feel to keep the background full of surprises. The aroma in this one is what goes the distance for me; I would give it a 12 if I could, so the bonus points spill over into the overall category. Saison's are my favorite type of beer and are very unique and hard to find, I feel this is the best beer I've had up to date. Cheers!<P>Post Drinking Comments: I noticed that when the yeast was included at the end of the bottle, the flavor profile was dramatically affected and the citrus flavors were now dominated by a toasty chewy funkiness. I was meticulous with keeping this bottle stored properly and pouring slowly and I was well rewarded; keep this in mind if you ever have this one.