brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - FEB 16, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Bottle courtesy of sincereNc. Thanks a BUNCH, Ian!
Pours a gorgeous, translucent burnished bronze, and is topped by a creamy beige head. Aroma is peppery candied ginger with a sweet, but elegant, sake-like graininess. Flavor reveals the nose, and adds notes of sandalwood, sherry, toasted pumpkin seeds, earthy mushroom mustiness, and a tarragon-like herbal quality. Mouthfeel is velvety, and the light hops cut the emerging sweetness for a nice, semi-dry finish. Really like the 6.4% instead of Dany’s typical 8%. This bottle was phenomenal.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2004 Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper-amber color. It is incredibly well carbonated, almost a gusher. It has a thick tan head. The aroma is yeasty, musty, fruity (notes of raisin, and apple), cidery, and herbal. This things is foaming like mad as it hits my mouth. The taste is lightly sweet, quite spicy, with an astringent finish. A very light bodied beer as well. There is a bit of fruit here with notes of apple, raisin, orange, and a hint of pear. This is really quite spicy as well, I don’t know if it is the yeast, actual spices, or a combination of both, but it is quite noticeable without being able to pick out any of the individual components.
I just had to pour myself some more as the bottle was starting to slowly gush. I get notes of herbs, grass, slight acidity, and a pepperiness. This beer is great for hot weather as it is very light bodied. As the carbonation dies down a bit it becomes softer, though it is still quite complex, but the fruit notes come to the forefront. I really like complex Belgian ales of this alcohol range, this is quite tasty and interesting.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet dark candi sugar, yeast, slightly sour, sweaty, horseblanket and lots of spice in the aroma. Occasional hints of chocolate. Opaque orange-brown with decent off-white head that recedes to thick cover with very small bubbles. Minor lacing. Very spicy with fairly strong bitterness. Somewhat short flavour profile. Nice and engaging on the tongue. Pillowy, collapsing mouthfeel. Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.
rajendra82 (1023) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer came in a 750 ml. green bomber with a cap and a cork. As the cork was released with a satisfying phht sound, the aromas of a Belgian farmhouse filled my kitchen before even pouring the beer. The beer looked positively gorgeous, with an orange red body topped with an inch thick white foamy head. The carbonation was not quite as intense as the sound effects suggested. It was more of a medium strength stream of tiny bubbles, and the head went away pretty soon.
The smell of the beer at fist glance appeared similar to a lambic cousin, with sour earthy notes. A deeper breath however intrigued me with a very sweet cherry, and orange smell. I kept smelling it, and the beer revealed a floral bouquet like roses below the fruits. This is the first beer I’ve ever smelled that has three layers of aroma.
The taste was not what I anticipated from the looks and the odor. It was sweet and delicate, with bananas, plums, cherries, orange peel, and some spiciness in the form of coriander and clove. Tasted light and refreshing, with very little puckering sourness to it.
The mouthfeel was thin, like a summer beer would be. Looking at the label, I think it is meant to be a Winter Seasonal. In that case the beer seems not on target, as those are typically quite a bit thicker. I will however forgive this one fault of this beautiful concoction.
The label says, they are not telling what’s in this Saison. And after tasting it I know why they are guarding the special magic that brings this beer together. A great find at Green’s on Buford Highway. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other beers from this intriguing brewery.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Funky rediish color with big head. Aroma was an earthy orange/cherry mixture that was mildly sour but good. Taste was dry and peppery along with the same fruits in the aroma but a bit sweeter. Highly carbonated. The finish was crisp and refreshing.
Ernest (7123) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of clove,
grass, straw, and mineral. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet,
moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Distinctly Fantome, delicate but lively nose, with hints of toasted malts, deep funk, butter toffee, orange peel, caramel, apple, raisins and pear.
Flavor mainly consists of apples, core, skin, seeds and all. Notes of caramel, butter toffee, orange and coriander are present as well. Dry on the finish with lingering notes of tree bark, plum skins, peppers and wet leaves. This is enormous for its size and I am simply amazed at all of its subtle nuances, especially considering its minute abv.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at LCRBM. aroma: yeasty, fruity(citrus, grapefruit), cookie dough and flowery. taste: sweetish, spicy, bitter and cheesy. long bitter spicy finish. full bodied, nicely balanced beer. loved it.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: End of the bottle, so it was really yeasty. I saw this bottle and thought that I was dreaming. Murky cider-like color with a huge rocky, frothy off-white head. Complex aroma, with apples, brown sugar and spices. Medium bodied with lively carbonation that goes down very smooth. Ends slightly sweet and very dry. An excellent beer that I’m lucky to have tried.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate 5 minutes later. 7PM EST Jan 3rd
It’s slightly better than the 4.1 I originally gave it. As it warms more depth and flavors comes out. The lemon rind becomes more fruity...grapefruit mostly and I am very impressed with the the slightly tingling clean feeling it leaves in the aftertatse. My first 5 minute later re-rate!
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Original rating Jan 3rd 6:50ish pm EST
The proto-typical horseblanket aroma. Quite musty and very slightly sweaty like a shirt worn all day. Yeasty and faintly fruity and spicy. Reddish/orange color with a wallop of a head that lasts and lasts. Flavor is very clean in the fore (suprised me) with hints of lemon rind (the white stuff not the yellow peel) and a crisp acidity. I don’t get any sourness or even any musty notes. Some mild bread (yeast) and herbal notes as well.
This was a bif suprise. Amazingly clean and crisp...they way beers that advertise themselves as "clean and crisp" never could be. The herbal lemon rind flavors are the most dominate and they linger nicely through all phases and compliment the medium body the beer has. Nice.