bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
call it a sin, call it crazy but we drank way too many beers at this cafe in brugg, belgium and this is the last of them. how accurate the rate? your guess is as good as mine? once again this was recommended to us by a frieindly chap that we had met at the cafe and gave us a whirlwind taste of his favorite beligum brews. poured out all over into the three glasses placed on the bar... orange yellow with a big explosive tnt head. nose of fruit citrus banana spice and some leather. up into the filiform makes you think of fresh bread yeast, brown sugar babies, and bananas and spice with some citrus cutting down that pine back door that you need to replace. quite special of a beer and even more for the memory. thank you to our friend (dont know his name) in belgium, as we stumbled back to the train and slept all the way back to brussels.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold with a frothy white head. Superb lacing. It’s a beauty. Sour with some funk, bitter hops as well as floral. Pears and apricots. Spicy touches of coriander. Flavor contains a big wallop of coriander and hops. Bitter, floral and citrus. It’s also quite barnyardy. Palate is a bitter bite of sour apples with a spicy finish. Great.
Lubiere (9319) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold beer with a nice thick white head. Spiced up yeasty aroma with belgian style-hops. Dance of malts and hops and orange peels with bitter hops. nice lacool warmth and delightful body. Wants to stay in my mouth. Merci a MT.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge props to matta for sending me this beer! Hazy gold, pretty head that lasts. The aroma has that barnyard funk going, along with a bit of tangerine and grain. Flavor matches, but goes through stages as it warms. In the beginning, the finish has a dry, spicy note, almost a hop bitterness. As it warms, more citric fruit flavors come through, along with a faint barnyard note. Another exceptional brew from one of my absolute favorite brewers.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is a very yeasty brew. It has some alcoholic, wheaty and metallic notes.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Had this with some spicy hot Morrocan food, bad move i say, but the beer was still great. Full on spicy, pepper, Belgian yeasty flavour. Wheaty, bready malts, orange rind. Finish is quite peppery and bitter, quite dry too. Rich flavour, yeasty, intersting, earthy, country style!
Hugh (153) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big white head, amber body. And a mighty flavour. Really a super-saison for the cold winter days. Outstanding hoppy, flowery flavour masking the underlying alcohol. Dupont makes such wonderful beers, and for me this is the best (until I find a Cervasia again). In my opinion, this is the best non-lambic Belgian beer.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden coloured. Nice aroma of hops and flowers. The flavour is more fruity and malty.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 2002 vintage: Explosive cork removal. Faded yellow body with some haze. Climbing white head from the surging carbonation. Impeccable lacework. Luxurious aroma of buttercup, peppery hops, and perfumey esters. Perfect level of airiness and vibrant yeast complement the pale malts and sugared white grapes. Light swirls unleash sweet cream, coconut, and coarseness from the hops. Seductively creamy, dense, yet expansive, carbonation. Moderate sweetness from the start with a dessert apple, white grape, glazed malt medley. Fresh flowers soften the body and reduce the sweetness while the hallmark Dupont yeast goes to work and continually films the palate while adding some cakelike thickness. Remarkably restrained fruity esters, apple acidity, and vivacious Styrians try to expunge the alcohol, but the alcohol eventually wins and warms the belly. Leafy hops gradually strut toward the finish alongside muted mustiness and juicy hops. Fluffy, fresh cake moistness (less dry than the regular Dupont) in the finish with a balance of apple skins, flowers, and yeast astringency. Juicy hops and sweet white grapes remain amid herbs and fading pale malts. Only flaw is the (relatively) poorly-hidden alcohol in the flavor. Earth shattering every time.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright, herbal/citrus yeasty funk. Emphasis on spices: clove and coriander mingle with lemon peel sharpness. Soft, almost bready finish. Very tasty.