egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a long lasting white head. Spicy, sour, smooth taste. Beautifully crafted saison.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 10/21/03. 2003 vintage?? Hazy, tannish golden brown color with tight, yellowish head that dissipates dissappointingly quickly. Average lacing but nice looking silkiness in the pour. Aroma is moderate, very bright, slightly oaky and cork-ish, spicy and glowing, and very malty. Taste is immediately of mellowed metallic copper, slightly tingling carbonation, with light bitter hops beneath, and a special spice and spiciness I don't recognize. Very smooth in mouth. Taste evolves to much more robust and rounded caramelized malt and dirty, bitter hops, with a little golden Belgian glow unlike any other beer I've had-- almost makes the tongue burn like some kind of a hot sauce has touched it. Even some smokiness to the aftertaste also. Very unusual, and still quite nice. Each new sip reveals new wrinkles to the complex, subtle, and delicate bouquet of flavors. This is one to be savored. Very delicious stuff.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 Update: I needed to bump up the aroma from 7 to 9--sublime. Sampled on Halloween, this was perfect. One of my newest favorites. Old: I did not expect to like this as much as I did. This beer is truly something special, something I'd like to introduce to anyone with any taste at all. The appearance is damned nice: billowing head and lively amber body. When I first tasted it, I liked the spicy malt, but was disappointed with the combination of alcohol, hops and funkiness which together I thought thinned the beer out far too much. But as it warmed, the amazingly flavorful malt strengthened and the beer ultimately acheived a perfect balance. Awesome.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Winter 1998" printed on front of label. Vinous and earthy nose. Thick, rich and chewy as soon as it hits the lips. Musty, cobbwebby hints of oddball yeast and rich sweet malts are apparent right away. It's only after the first swallow that I discovered the strange hints of pepper, tinny acidity, and biscuits smothered in a nutty/spicy spread. Interesting and refreshing, a great find at the liquor store, but not as 'great' as I had hoped for.
jaymobrown (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1998: Pungent white acidic grape nose. Brown smooth and warming. The beer looks like it will jump out of the glass and shake hands with you. Full mouthfeel pops. Spicy, white pepper, alcohol. Finishes dry. Pleasant.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Tsste is very flavorful with lots of spice. I detect cinimon, orange, and cherry. Palate is nice. Appearence is golden auburn. Unique and very enjoyable.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep musky smell, like a mix of buffalo hide and fresh wildflowers. It has a wonderful glowing orange tone with a creamy tan head. Starts off with a twangy tart Belgian style yeast tone, but quickly gets very wild, an interesting blend of lemony sweetness, pine-dandelion bitterness, and one hell of a yeast character. The alcohol is superbly masked in a cacophony of complexity.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish orange, light head. Peppery aroma, cumin. Sweet malt, and some dry spice on the tongue. Tastes really come out as it warms.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale clouded orange hue, thick head of foam. Mild yeasty, orangey aroma. Sweet palate, tangy orange peel, stone fruits, hints of coriander, biscuity mildly spiced (ginger?) middle, citric bitterness in the finish.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don't know what year this is, but the label is blue with Hiver printed on it. The beer pours a cloudy, brownish orange color with a small, off-white head that dissipates quickly. It has a strong, funky aroma of cheese, spices, yeasts, tart fruits, and vegetables. It has a medium body with light carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity with touches of peach and appricot, and it has a nice, earthy spiciness. The finish is dry and fruity. Very tasty and drinkable. A real treat.