Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Light acid spicy aroma and a sweet sour acid taste. Medium body and a dry finish.
joergen (23502) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of alcohol with notes of fruits and spices.
Flavour of fruits with acidic notes.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 1996 "Automne". - red label. Dark amber with a fluffy yet collapsing head. Extreme, lumpy yeast sediment. Very fresh, slightly sourish with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Some indefinable herbal spicyness. Rather solid yet unrefined beer. 190698
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 1999 "Hiver". Hazy light brown, small off-white head. Unpleasant smell of... cow-manure? Very soft and lightly spicy with a slight underlyimg tartness. But a bit old and tired. 6/2/5/2/12=2,7
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1998/99 (hiver) bottle, Izegem, Kroegske, May 2005.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with light notes of peach and cardboard.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
From what I know of this beer/label, it probably shouldn’t have been added to the database, as it was for the seasonal line that Dany eventually just made separate labels for (Printemps, Hiver, etc.). But it’s too late now. I had the 98/99 winter version, label was exactly as shown here. Starting to show its age with some oxidation, but it ultimately was still quite enjoyable and I did indeed drink the whole thing (shared some with Danny of Kroegske).
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown colored beer with mini quick ending head Aromas of pears, and port are noted. Sweet taste with bitter notes of herbs and spices.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Large, light brown, mostly diminishing, creamy head. Good lace. Red-brown, murky body. Nose of pears, sirup, white port. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter (long) finish. A pleasant beer.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1999 vintage. Reddish brown coloured. Very cloudy. Very complex. Notes of citrus fruits and raisins. Slightly too old for my liking.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage ’99: Very bitter flavour and finish. Herbal and fruity aroma and finish. Lots of spices, like cinnamon, cardemom and apricot. Rather yesty palate and aftertaste.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer ’04: Light cloudy brown with a spiced malt aroma. Crisp and unrefined, with earthy flavors.
JorisPPattyn (8430) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(This 1999 vintage is now for sale. It is significantly different from both F. Saison and F.de Printemps)Red-chestnut, slightly hazy; yellowish head. Spicey (nutmeg, coriander, ...) and sweet (honey!) at the same time in the nose. A number of organic acids, playing havoc with dark roaste malts and herb spices. It is not balanced, but interesting things are going on. Quite impressive. Somehow no light texture, but the acidity keeps it light in the apparent density. Aftertaste gives definitely black pepper. Another great try from Dany, and one that has stood the test of time. Some might call this Flemish sour, but no old brown has ever had this Wallon spicey thumbprint.