hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Lightly cloudy golden ale with a small, frothy, white head. The nose is spicy and herbal – black tea, coriander, clove and orange peel. Full-bodied and creamy with kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is a bit grainy and provides notes of peach and pear. The bitterness is low. Finishes spicy, mildly bitter and minerally. Bottle courtesy of dmschefke!
Tmoney99 (9992) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Dark Horse. Hazy copper color with a moderate white head. Moderate sweet aroma. Medium body. Well balanced fruity flavor with a medium sweet finish.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: light, soft orange color. Quite a bit of carbonation. Soft moutfeel. Fairly subtle flavors. Fuzzy malt feeling.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: Dark Horse. Golden blonde cloudy with nice head, lacing abound. Fruity, malty and hoppy nose, follwed by smooth mouthfeel of strawberry, other mixed fruits and a hint of smoked essence. Similar to sapient. Grand beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draught @ Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Michigan. Golden hue, with a large, creamy white colored head. Very light aromatics, with a touch of cookie, hay and grain, very little hop aroma, cheesey, brothy yeast and a light hint of strawberries, but almost every characteristic is a total stretch. Flat nature for the style. Cloyingly sweet, strange flavors develop on the palate that seem strange as it is, almost like chicken grizzle. Light cookie, herbal flavors with doughy yeast and hints of pear and peach. Not very good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Dark Horse. Wonderfully pale yellow and cloudy, with a creamy, lacing-driven head. Sweet cornbread aroma, along with fresh wheat and air-dried laundry. Full and creamy. This saison rules. Sweet, smooth lemons, buttery corn and some husks. Pepper and cloves spice this one up, in addition to some moderate souring bitterness that’s right on the money. Wonderful sweet malt complexity. This really is delicious.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 2004 draught at the MBGSBF. This one was listed at the Dark Horse table as the Frog Island Old Ypsi Summer Ale Belgian Saison, which is odd as this is listed as Michigan Brewing and an Irish ale. Not sure if the program is wrong, but I can’t remember if I got this at the Dark Horse or Michigan Brewing tent. Anyways, I do remember the beer. It was a surprisingly deep burnished copper red color, with little white head and some lighter yellow tinges around the edges. Aroma has hints of spiciness (cinnamon, coriander, other herbal notes I can’t pin down) as well as some lightly bitter hops notes. Flavor is surprisingly full and sweet, with the spiciness intertwined in the body and a bit of an alcohol kick on the finish. Quite robust, really, but not terribly complex. A bit too sweet and unadventurous to really drink many of these in the summer
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Foamy pour - took 5 minutes! Aroma is sweet and fruity, witha bit of florality and very slight bitter herbs (very slight!).
Some definite herbal bitterness (dandelion), a touch of pepper, and a softer sweetness. Not very assertive flavorings at all. Body medium to light.