5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a murky yellow with fizzy white head. Lots and lots of carbonation. Lacing is slick, not wanting to stick to the glass. Head has dissapated now. Initial aroma is champagne like with some yeasty like qualities. Perhaps a bit of a citrusy smell as well. Taste is wonderful, spicey/citrusy/yeasty flavor. Definate grapefruit flavor. Mouthfeel is full, however a bit overly fizzy. Finish is flowery, a bit sour. Very enjoyable! Would be nicer if it wasn't as carbonated.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15 celsius in a trappist glass: Hazy liquid gold appearance, marvelously shiny. 1cm head that could last longer. Pure fresh cut grass emanes from this holy grail. Ridiculous amount of fine herbs (Chives, alfalfa, parsley) gives this seducing nose an almost botanic feel. In mouth, a weird fruitiness joins the blend, red bays, currant, coriander, sage. Quite hard to describe and original like any other of the house's creations. Finish also keeps this kind of herbal fruitiness and you just can't help but feel this has been made from quality water from a good well or straight from a pollution-less cascade. Different and refreshing in its wet hay acidity, but I doubt I'd buy again. Props to Martin for that generous sample!
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inveterate minty vertebrates over wise spicy hop vivacity...Palatial hay harboring grapefruit acidity, abbatial green apple peels shadowing basil leaves...An accomplishment of soft amorousness and sagacious abundance...
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, even, deep gold, lightly hazy beer with a lasting white, wispy head. Oddly enough, this beer has a bit of a floral character. Woody, bready, and pleasantly fruity and floral. A little sour, malty, and very well balanced. Finishes a little wood and dry. More bready malt in the mid palate with some fruitiness. Some alcohol evident in the flavor as it warms, but it's not a typical saison in my mind. There is a light sourness which adds to complexity of flavor. Lighter bodied and moderate carbonation, as well as a dry mouthfeel. Again, not the typical Saison in my mind, but very good. I'm glad I have another one in the cellar.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Taste of corn and flour tortillas hits me really hard up front. Aroma of cannibas and vegetables... primarily cabbage. Light and slightly thin, it had a huge, bright bubbly feel to it, with some flavors of ginger and bread. Have to be honest and say that I don't care for the vegetable flavor... not my thing. Thanks to Mike for sharing this.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 Rerate from a 3 y.o. bottle at Mikes: The sharp flowery and fruit notes combined with with belgian yeast funk to make this much more enjoyable than the first time I had it. The feel is more tart and Saison like. I improved my rating .3 after this tasting------Origina review: Thanks Mabdoney for the brew, you did get me this one, right? Had with Mike and Ann: Hazy golden hue with light head and some lace. Aroma hints of chocolate infused pipe tobacco, heavy spice, earthy and barnyard yeast, dusty, and grassy. The taste is yeasty and slightly fruity. Spicy and biscuit undertones are found throughout. Chalky and woody dry mouthfeel, lively in the glass, still didn’t quite feel right on the palate. Alcohol was well hidden. Disappointing, but hey, I got to try it once, so that’s cool. Disclaimer: Maybe too old or maybe my palate was trashed by the La Folie I had earlier?
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating # 275
Vintage 2000 or 2001?
I don’t know how old this beers is but I can assure you it is old, it was covered in dust so I know it’s not light struck either.
Hell Yeh, I just had the perfect pour into my Trois Pistoles chalice, it looks like something out of a Michael Jackson book. A rich copper, more orangeish body, fluffy cream colored head that slowly subsided into a velvety cap and ring of lacing.
The aroma and flavor are incredibly earthy, smells of those gigantic bales of hay, very rural and woodsy. Huge notes of wheat, rather; my new terminology, “barnyard.” Quite yeasty; this is strange but it reminds me of family vacations where we went spelunking, Printemps gives off this musty mildew stagnate impression found in caves. Noticeable notes of clove, coriander, rosemary, apricots, black pepper, and more pronounced remarks of Granny Smith apples. Ending with a nice fizzy champagne like palate with a dry bitter sweet tart apple finish.
This is a rather complex but enjoyably creation, I probably would not spend $13 on another 750ml bottle, but I Highly Recommend trying it at least once!
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 11/10/03: bottle.
yeasty nose with some esters and banana. hazy, golden-brown body with a slightly creamy white head. average lacing. very active. champaigne-like mouthfeel. flavors included bread yeast, grapefruit, sour apple and lemon. there was also some spice noted, towards the back of my mouth. clean, crisp and refreshing.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden body with a thin but persistant white head. Lacing.
Big yeast nose. Spice and wheat sharpness. Maybe some candi sugar too.
Wheat, lemons, oranges, yeast, spicey and maybe some coriander. Sweet and sour throughout.
Full-bodied with a very acidic finish.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and complex aroma, with notes of various leafy herbs and spices, tangerine, orange, cellar must, leather, dark, honeyish sweetness, bready yeast and light fumes of peppery alcohol. Medium orange-amber color, with a lasting creamy, rocky head. Flavor is a blend of malt sweetness, citric tartness and spice, gaining more acidity, bitterness and hop flavors towards the finish. Some vague woody hints. Very nice. Thanks to mabdoney for this one.