TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best looking beers on which I have ever laid eyes; Sticky, retentive, and mountainous to perfection. Mirky peach juice color. The fresh aroma unmistakably incorporates huge doses of black pepper, cilantro, burnt bark, and rubber. Only a hint of toast and tropical fruit (mostly coconut) underneath this unfamiliar aroma. Sourness invades before flavors take foothold. Extremely long flavors of candy liquid filled wax, like the ones I enjoy every now and then for a sugar fix, herbal mix, and a hint of phenol. Light and fluffy on the palate. The finish embellishes a perfect dryness to match the iron-like acidity and infinitely lingering waxiness. Not overly complex, but staggeringly well-made. These guys continue to blow my mind with their eccentricity.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2003 ITS ALIVE!!!!!!! Holy head batman, Old straw color and a lemony spicey nose. Tons of sticky dougy yeast and tartness in this one. Dried summer fruits (apricot, peach) A wee bit of coriander and oh so dry jsut begging you to drink more. Floral notes start to invade as the brew warms.
rerate 11JUL03 Picked up definate notes of brine and tagnieness, was alot dryer this time around losing its fruity charactor for a bright hay and almost nutmeg taste.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like the couple of saisons I’ve had, simply crazy. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. After getting the pain-in-the ass redundant cork that broke out of the damned bottle (why green? no skunking this time but damn...) I watched this one almost turn into a gusher, but change its mind after the foam had just breached the top of the bottle. Upon pouring it created a huge, rocky head over its rust colored body that stuck around for a while, lacing the sides of the goblet. Just the nose was enough for a few minutes contemplation. Didn’t get everything, but included a sour, lemony aspect in addition to spicy, black pepper notes and a hint of earthiness from the yeast. The flavor was initially mouth-puckeringly sour, but that subsided and left a nice sweetness in its place. There are a ton of flavors going on in there, from old oak to cobwebs and dirt, to fruity apple flavors. Complicated; great.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive foam head starts large and clings to the sides. Nice aroma, smelled like a nice white wine upon uncorking. Fresh, bright, spicy. Very easy to drink.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hazy fiery orange with swirling carbonation rising to the top which eventually subsides. White soapy head and clingy lace. Nose of grapefruit,horsebarn,yeast,acidity,and others. Light to medium bodied. Light on the palate with flavors of peppery spices, horsebarn,grapefruit acidity,pale malts with the slightest sugary sweetness. Very juicy and oh soo drinkable and addicitve. Finished slightly spicy and moderatley acidic. Damn tasty, not as good as the winter but its another stellar example of why we drink beer. Im starting to fall in love with this style.