StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ GTMW 2006. Translucent and bright copper colored with an oily, dusty cap. Sweet honey wheat and cloves attack the nose, along with some lime rind and ginger brushed grains of willow wheat. Bitter orange peel also plays a role. Sweet flavor rolls in with abundant candi sugar and citric orange consistencies. Cardamom and coriander team for a cola spiced scratch that maintains a mellowed vanilla danish underbelly. Medium to lighter bodied with livening lime traits for a touch of tartness at the tongue’s tip. A nice, sweet, candied saison.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coriander and peppery spiciness is strong in the musty, doughy, herbal, lemon citrus aroma. Clear golden body is topped by a decent, large bubbled, white head that lasts. Floral, perfumey hops blend well with the spiciness in the sweet, malty, round flavour with fair bitterness and some milky acidity. Light alcohol warming to the medium light body with lively effervesence. Sampled at GABF 2005.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fading off-white head covers the sadly clear gold-straw hue. Fresh “sandy” dry and spicy nose boasting biscuity and cereal malts along with very herbal, minty and floral hops. The flavours gently explode in mouth, creating a rather complex spicy character with individual varieties being almost impossible to pick out, possibly lavender and ginger. The yeast imparts a soft banana, mango, pear, grape juiciness that comes along in a perfumey manner. Wooden rye and mineral complete the exploration. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, aptly dry and refreshing though with a light bite of alcohol.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden colration, slim, yet capable, staying head.
Aroma is a delicious melange of honey, spices, sweet fruit, prickly pears, peppers, and ginger. Quite a mix. Love it!
Smooth and pleasant in the mouth, tingling with citrus and spice. Lays lightly on the palate, but hangs out memorably in the finish. Medium-bodied, eternally tasty.
The flavor is genius, well and truly, a gently, but potent blend of spice and fruit.
The taste is tremendous, and the strength barely registers.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005: A clean straw hue with a fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has a flowery (chamomile and lavender) , light funky yeast and mild apple character with additional notes of mint and dry sage. The taste is a bit twangy upfront followed by more of than flowery character. Get some nice spice and minor hop bitterness on the finish, I find it has an understated complexity. The feel is sharp and crisp with woody dry finish. It looks like I enjoyed this beer more than the others. I gave it a Mikey Likey recommendation. (Sorry Dave, you didn’t feel the same)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very soapy nose. Smells like seashell shaped bath soap-you know, the kind your wife won’t let you use. Has notes of chamomille, heather, lavender. Notes of perfume and cinammon come out on the back end. Fairly nice saison.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2005. Per BBB63’s recommendation. Clear golden-yellow body with a sudsy white head. Aroma of lavender, wild flowers, lime, and a note of cinnamon. Phenolic, medium sweet flavor with light malt characters and more floral and lavendar notes. Light musty cork quality. Finish is a mix of spicy phenols and bitterness. Unfortunately, I find lavender raunchy and unappealing and this beer has strong suggestions of it, otherwise this could be a really nice saison.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(GABF05) Crystal clear apple juice body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, spice, clove, orange. Taste is medium sweet, orange, spice. Smooth light-medium body with a bit of chalky, works very well with the beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color nice laced white head. Smells of a tart yeasty blend w/ lemon rind and lots of spice.. very complex aroma. Palate is pretyt avg. Flavor is a tart/sour yeasty corriander lemmon grass, lemon rind, other spices and a floral hop. Good but not really my fav style.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy Gold/Honey Coloring with White Head. Heavy Sweet Aroma with Hits of Citrus/Grapefruit Rising From the Glass. Sweet and Fruity Right off the Start....Apricots Hit the Tongue with an Almost Creamy Mouthfeel. Light Malt Background, Light Hops and a Light Zest of Spices as Well. Very Well Balanced and Quite Tasty.