AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscious, rocky, well-sustained, pure white head on an incredibly pale-colored body with a nice haze from bottle-conditioning. This is the type of beer that when opened the carbonation is so high that it lifts yeast off the bottom of the bottle and into suspension. Very lemony and citric in aroma with white pepper and cedar showing themselves. A wonderful, dry tartness prevails over the palate making this incredibly refreshing and grabs at me historically since this style of beer was brewed to refresh and restore farmhands laboring in the heat of summer. The flavor includes lemon, sweetness that borderlines on honey, cedar, and clove. This is beautiful and not too challenging.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, dated May 2005, from Sams in Chicago (October 2005). Pale, lightly hazy/oily gold, massive lasting frothy head leaving great gobs of foam and lace...nose at first floral (lilac) turning sharply earthy-grassy-sharp, lightly peppery; very fresh, clean and aromatic without being overpowering or terribly funky, atypical maybe but lovely...surprisingly sweet at first, almost candylike and a bit too syrupy, but earthy bitterness sets in fairly quickly, bitter-sweet orange and rosemary hints, culminating in a very dry, almost astringent, peppery finish that carries tiny wafts of vanilla in an otherwise harsh conclusion. Very interesting, I’m wondering if the sweetness would intensify too much with aging...but this is an interesting sample now, in any case.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample courtesy of Pailhead. Pours light golden yellow with white head. Lots of carbonation. Great aroma of sweet malt and fruity/earthy hops. Some pepper in the background. Flavor is a little dissapointing. Something just off, can’t pinpoint it. Sweet up front with a strange taste through the middle and finish. Sour yeast? in a bad way though. Almost chempaign like mouthfeel to it. Not bad, would like to re-rate at some point.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dough borrowed from fresh bread, herbal hops burrowed within citrusy fruitiness. Yeast simmers in dimmer dryness.
Frothy, big-bubbled carbonation cannot stop the finishing herbal hop bitterness. Refreshing citrus fruit pierces the plantane sweetness, and dwindles into dryness. Overall, an efficient, authentic, saison.
The sun’s beating down pretty hard today.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy straw color with a thick frothy white head. Aroma of lemon,spices and bread. Flavor of lemon, spices, bread and yeast. The body is light with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Interesting.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Sampled at Goldorak’s Sunday MTL Gathering. Creamy, thin white head with a very active, sediment-filled, golden body. Nose of funky yeast and a mild lager malt. Lemon bite with a non-stop carbonation. Fizzy, yeasty, biscuit and good.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:floral hops,yeat and malt.....
Flavor:Citrus,malt,light caramel flavor....
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wit-like lemony colored, with a large, frothy meringue that danced on top of my glass.
Yeasty and freshly baked gingerbread aroma.
Lively carbonation, good body, plenty of complex spices and a decent hop finish with a sour twist at the end which was very nice.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The wondrous fluffy white head tries to espace from the bottle upon opening, but once in the glass, it settles as a lacing contest champion atop the murky pure golden hue. Tear-bringing and heart-invigorating appearance. A first sniff: Dupont-esque yeastiness, fluffy and just bready enough to feel belgian, procuring all those impossible to distinguish spice notes. Beautiful hallertauer flower field bouquet as well. Slightly chaotic aromatic balance, the tightening citrus and intertwined nuances of a Dupont being replaced by dustier, powdery and less bright hops. Fluffy, bubbly body may even be a bit agressively biting, but its size fits perfectly. Soft tartness and slicing, though seemingly far away bitterness do the job. I don’t find the plasticy phenols that bugged me in my first encounter with D’Erpe-Mère which drifts me toward the hypothesis of variable bottles. A peppery, smooth, fresh, dry example. Becomes a bit over soapy through excessive carbonation and hesitating maltiness, but at this level, one word can sum it up: beautiful.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh goody - another weird saison that we had never seen before! Carefully popping the cork - you never know.... Hazy golden with a huge head and great lacing. Plenty of spices present here along with some quiet fields of flowers and lightly sweet malts. Taste is tart and lightly sour with an equal amount of sweetness and a spicy funky finish. Cool.