Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thick, quickly disappearing head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet with notes of clove and honey, as well as, lots of flowery notes. Sweet and full of honey with flowery notes and a slight bitterness. Light to medium bodied and very dry.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 2001 vintage: Canary orange. Thin, but caked-on foam layer partially dwindles with each sip. Perfumey wintergreen, clove, cake batter, and honeyed pale malt fragrance. Subdued floral hoppiness. Coating carbonation, but lightly snappy, too. Soft body buttresses the meaty malt onset. Sweetness comes and goes, as candied malts briefly submit to a delectable blend of faint herbal dryness and malt hulls. Feisty yeast yields a plethora of spicy, herbal qualities that equalize the beefy maltiness, as a plentitude of body-bolstering biscuit textures follow suit. Finishes white peppery spicy and less dry than the wintergreen and alcohol suggest, as glazed malts prolong the finish. It surprises me that this hasn’t gained more dryness with age. There’s simply too much residual sweetness, which obstructs much of the subtleties. Nice level of phenols, though. Pretty good stuff.
2011 batch is special. While Dupont always churns out sterling product, there is a lot of year-to-year variance with their beers. This bottling is certainly one of the most estery beers you’ll find, with myriad lustrous delicacies coupled with supreme attenuation in the typical Dupont fashion. Wish they’d ditch the Blanche and make a smaller version of this @ circa 4-5% abv. Fucking lovely.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 vintage. Extremely hazy yellow-orange body, thin, rather dense off-white head. Classic Saison herbal aroma with hints of white grape, musty earth, and honey. Fruity, herbal body with plenty of peppery flower petals and spices, with a sweet honey and light fruit kick as well as banana and clove yeast action. Rich, crisp, and full-bodied. Quite nice.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fluffy off-white head of course, golden body with an orange gleam. Sharp floral aroma with yeasty notes and hints of sweet honey. Citrus dominates the flavor with some yeasty and herby notes. Sharp and biding on the tongue. Not a lot of honey, only weak hints in the end. All right but not the best from Dupont.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Bright orange pour with little to no head. Exceptionally floral aroma. A little bit of bite to the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. A nice beer. Vey nice.
RERATE: Shiny golden color with a creamy white head that lasts. Minor lacing. The honey is evident in the nose. Not overly so, just enough to smooth out the harshness of the wheat. For me wheats tend to be harsh on the nose and sometimes even harsher on the palate. Its a special wheat beer than can be both sweet and crisp. This one pulls it off. I would recommend drinking it cold.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
01.11.05 750ml bottle (2000) coded 2.000 and L0061A/1. Trade from matta. Completely clouded golden orange with thick off-white head fading to a slight coating - looks a bit like a hefe. Aromas are floral, honeysuckle, woody, sweet horseblanket, and anmild background of something minty or menthol. Flavors are lightly floral and yeasty up front with unusual notes of winterberry and honey to finish. Honey sweetness lingers long time. Very nice beer, thanks Matt!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle at Hopleaf in Chicago. Very cloudy light amber with a very thick but disappointingly brief head...heavy spicy aroma, flowery/buckwheat honey, pungent aromatic herbs...moderately sweet body, honey present but unobtrusive...subtle late dried rosemary and white pepper make appearances...light creamy/fluffy body. Very good, but somehow I was hoping for...excitement?
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden cloudy hue with a halo of a head. Aromas of yeast, spice. Flavors of yeast, apples, honey and is slighty bitter with a dryness on the palate.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy golden colour, large white head, creamy, good lacing. Aroma of cork, hay, hay-ball warmed by sun, light peppery nose, light dry figs aroma. Taste is less sweet than expected, notes of malt, honey diluted in water, hay, clay/soil. "Demi sec" palate, long finish.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Bit skunky in the aroma. Yeasty/doughy. Dencorub in aroma as pointed out by duff. Hazy copper appearance. Sweet start with methol mid. Slight bitter aftertaste with yeasty after. Medium body, weird beer. Re-Rate: Musty, dusty cheesy aroma. Cloudy gold with a white head. Nice musty flavour, quite complex with some nice fruity notes. Good stuff. (previously 6,3,6,3,12).