SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Logo is blue and says hiver, not winter. Golden/brown color with a head that quickly dissipates. Almost no head in fact. The smell is spicy, coriander-like. There is a hint of plum, raisin, fig, or something of the sort. My girlfriend says it tastes like "plants." The finish is dry. It is very good yet hard to describe. Slightly spicy and acidic. Earthy but not as wild as some others have described it. Smooth body and malty in the middle. Excellent. Each sip is a little different. Not nearly as carbonated as others reviewed. Probably not very consistent from bottle to bottle but I like that. Each one is unique; this bottle was very engaging. Very drinkable also.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1998. Color is of blood orange juice stored in whiskey soaked oak casks with a medium off-white creamy, lasting head. Aroma of dirt from a cave floor, composte straw, and cobwebs in the loft of a barn. Sour yet refreshing. A spiciness that is subtle. An almost smoky aftertaste. Delicious.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barnyard, acid and ham aroma, smokey palate with a definate acid bite. Kind of like a tin of baked beans that's been attacked by some brettanomyces bugs. In a nice way.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hiver (for what that's worth): Light copper with a good fizzy head. Interesting caramel onion and bready yeast aroma. Body is mellow, pleasantly malty, and lightly spiced with some licorice and oaky acidity. Finish is warming and wet. Reminds me a lot of Fantôme de Noel but with less spice.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark oarnge/brown,yeast all over,with a big,white,clingy head. Aroma displays floral hops,yeast,tree bark,sweet malt.Fizzy mouthfeel.Slightly,sweet woody,flavors leadt to a slight,acidic, fruitiness. Very bitter finish.Very floral and grassy.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Talk about a bottle under pressure...the other one I had ended up in a hundred pieces after the pressure built up inside...1/2 inch of beer, 6 inches of head. Once the head went down a little this was a decent, slightly sweet brew. Nothing outstanding or special.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-brown body with small light-beige head. Aroma is yeasty, cherry, light hoppy, some candy sugar and orange. Taste is mildly sweet, some acidity, yeasty, fruity (orange/cherry), spicy, mineral chalky, finishing floral hoppy.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 Pours an opaque orange/brown color with a large white head that eventually dissipates. The aroma was an interesting barnyard collage including, grass, clove, skunky(in a good way) yeast, and mysterious spices. The flavor was more sweet, with some nice clove/bubblegum tones. Nice carbonation...bubbly on the tongue. The finish has some alcohol warming, but not much. Great beer, but difficult to enjoy. I really had to work at this before I could understand what was going on.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great sweet malty light citrusy aroma on the pour from a super head, uh, where's the liquid? Very highly carbonated. A light skunky spiciness mixes well with the malt and alcohol. Finish was slightly drier. A good session beer, even at 8%ABV.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
A very enjoyable beer - easy to drink, masking the 8% ABV really well. The beer pours with a cloudy yellow appearance and small particles. Aroma is citrusy with some spiciness. I really enjoyed this beer - it's spicy sweet with a great balance between sweet and sour. The beer caused my palate to go crazy with a bit of carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. I loved this one.