TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Orange, extreme hazy. Steady orange head. Aroma is fruits, malt, apples, citron, orange and chocolate box. Very dry and sour and unique taste. Mold and wood flavor. Peppery aftertaste. Certainly unique brew and one third of bottle was enough for me (cost only 5 euros!):)
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 (Bottled@Pikkulintu, 04/2006) Very peppery finish. Boysenberry, port, gooseberry. Yeast! Very exotic! (Bottled, 0,75l at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004, was 6-4-6-3-13=3.2) Opaque, dark amber color, medium head. Sour and bitter apple juice aroma. Bitter flavor with allspice and vinegar. Very strong and long, peppery aftertaste. A very original brew.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity, flowery aroma, lightly sweet, herbal and tart, with well-placed notes of apple, pear, tangerine, lemongrass, orange, apricot, peppery spice, mustard seed, dry leaves and intriguing spicy, dusty, estery yeast attributes. Lustrous auburn color, dusky and opaque, with a fine, uneven, lasting head and sticky, bountiful lacing. Intricate, meandering flavor profile, at first spicy and tart, becoming bittersweet, hoppy and fruity, and with a long, floral, musty, piquant and semidry finish. Lush, faintly lactic and creamy mouthfeel, full body. Masterfully done; thanks to the BBB'ers, Dany P. and Matt A.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lasting foam-cushion head. Gorgeous cloudy, sweet potato color. Pungent dried orange and straw, combined with musky sweat aroma. Semi-dry finish. Musty, lots of grain flavor, tart and musty. Got that "barn atmosphere" thing going on, but it is a fairly clean, well-kept barn. Flavors quickly become full and back off again. Mossy, soft palate.
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lustrous hazy tangerine. Thick, creamy, and pasty, dusty-white head. Alluring soft aroma of musty cellar and herbs. There’s plenty of peachy esters to go along with the soil, rose petals, lemon and that addictive chalky Fantôme yeast backbone. Very faint wood and sweet malt wafts. Tight, yet explosive carbonation sharpens the soft body. Opens with a tart and chalky attack, which gains support from an airy underlay and gives way to dried apricot and a glimpse of cookieish malt sweetness. Grassy, herbal bitterness commences at mid-stage, while subtle phenols arise to complement the dryness, tangerine notes, and flowery hops. Peach-tart and musty yeast return to balance the mustiness and tartness long after the swallow. Yeast poor adds more mustiness and amplifies the herbal tones and peachy esters. Just another Fantôme beauty.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful copper hue with large frothy white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of sourdough, hayfield, earthy and barnyard yeast esters, apple and pears, cinnamon and white pepper, and oak wood. The taste starts malty and yeasty, chalky and dry. The sour apple and spicecake undertone. The touch of bitterness and wood about the finish. The mouthfeel is light and lively, but has a fullness about the finish, strange but cool. Astringent upon completion of drinking. Nice depth of character, no one thing stands out. Balance is very good for style, very quaffable indeed. Thanks MattA for the bottle many moons ago. Highly recommended!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl Capped and corked bottle no date Cork really popped on this one. Poured a slightly hazy tangerine orange color with a thick head which died rapidly leaving a thin white layer floating atop. Fantastic aroma is spicy whith clove in the foreground and offering notes of sweet bready malt and belgian yeast. Has a slight mustiness also which adds to the complexity. This is one of those special ales that can really stimulate your senses. The yeast is really coming to the nose at it warms. Medium bodied and the mouthfeel is smooth with an airy like quality as if it's floating in your mouth. Finishes crisp with no aftertase. Flavor is a bit tart with yeast and malt practically in sync with each other. Some sour fruit, green apples, pepper and caramel also come to mind. Overall a great Saison.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a fluffy bone-colored lacey head. Wonderful floral, Belgian malty, estery, yeasty, and semi-tart aroma. Body is full and sweet, with some musty yeast character, caramel, and sour cherries. Good crisp, clean warming finish. An excellent saison, thanks BierBauch!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful appearance, ruby gold color with lots of thick head and thin silky lacing, just the right amount of carbonation for the style too. The aroma is very mild, but with notes of green apples, yeast, and lightly tart with yeast. The flavor is very well rounded with some nice citrus notes and a light fruity/yeast finish. This is a good saison, but there's something missing here that makes it an average saison for me.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber with reddish tints. Huge foamy white head and nice lacing. Big aroma. Yeast/bread. Sour fruit, maybe apples or pears. Floral aroma of hops. Some spices, hard to tell. Complex flavors flood the mouth. Tart flavors of fruit again. Smaller yeast than in the aroma. Just a bit of earthiness there at the end. Some malt in there as well. Fairly big body, a bit sticky of a palate, but not a detriment to the beer. Finishes tart and dry. Very nice. Thanks Matt!