Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Yeasty light sour aroma and a light sour spicy light chocolat taste. Medium body and a long sweet finish.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ZBF 2005. Pours a hazy golden. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Taste is sweet malty, with notes of chocolate
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- Oh what a treat. I went to belgium to find such brews from my favorite saison brewer. Poured a brownish/orange hue with a nice off-white head. Aromas of funk, yeast and a nice grassy finish. Flavors of spice, a hint of citrus and a nice finish of chocolate. Not overpowering, but you can tell it’s there. Very unique, and I only wish it were available here in the US.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Very yeasty and fresh aroma. Very malty. Loads of carbonation, and truly a beautiful amber in the glass. A touch of sweetness to the malt, would not have known it was chocolate, but it did lend a chalkiness. The ending spice/lichen type hit was nice. Very nice drinking, "house character" as JSturm said, and he’s right.
omhper (18721) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy amber. Yeasty, grassy nose. Fairly sweet and generously malty, with an attractive soft mouthfeel. Well hopped and slightly oily. Hop bitter finish. A good beer, but I don’t get any chocolate.
fiulijn (13334) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber color. Smells like rubberband, soma malt. Quite malty brew, sweet, correct bitterness, good… Where is the chocolat?
Ungstrup (28228) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
An unclear amber beer with a nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of yeast, oranges, and wheat. The flavor is sweet and again with notes of yeast and oranges, with some floweryness in the end. The body is thin. I cannot pick up any chocolate in this beer - weird.
madsberg (9529) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Orange coloured. Beige dense head. Spiced, citric and sour in the aroma. Flavour of malt, spices, citrus and yeast. Not much chocolate flavours or aromas here. Ends quite dry and sour. Not my kind of beer. Have some qualities, but I won’t go back on this lane.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle, bbe ?. A honey look with a small but relatively compact head. Sharp and full (honey-malt) aroma with spices (cinnamon?), a solvent-like component and a hint of charcuterie (??). Dry, hoppy and earthy flavour, entangled with some alcohol. Sweet(ish) and a bit crispy, but also a bit thin, with an earthy aftertaste on the palate.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden orange. Frothy foam puff produces webby lacework. Remarkably bright musty & peppery yeast fragrance with sage and cork notes. Elegant herbal hop and peach whispers. Tight, downy-soft carbonation blankets the palate. Hugely herbal Brewer’s Gold flavor caresses a subtle blend of perfume and camphorous sage. Periodic flashes of cottony dryness, not unlike licking the skin of a peach. Virtually weightless, throughout, with a drop of rosewater softness coinciding with a floral hop base and a delicate tingle of peach acidity. Interestingly, there’s only a glimpse of richness, which solely is a result of the nutty yeast and ever so slight cacao, which peak during the latter half. Appetizingly dry finish with musty yeast and an equilibrium of spicy & fruity esters combined with an artfully understated duo of leather and cacao, which quell the remainder of the soft acidity. Yeast pour imparts iron acidity while seemingly amplifying the cacao and hops. It’s truly miraculous what kind of esters and flavors Dany manages to pull out of his yeast, time after time. He’s achieved an inconceivable level of complexity in a beer where the malt presence is next to nil, which is what makes this all the more impressive. Calling this “adventurous” almost feels like I’m insulting it. It’s that good.