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 (4723) - 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 (6153) - 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.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL, capped bottlegenerous, creamy, large bubbled white head, that falls slowly in the middle leaving a reverse plateau on top of the hazed golden body. Strongly yeasty aroma with hints of wheat, sweet must, distant honeycomb and rye. Soft and sweat, wonderfully yeasty flavour with fresh, creamy hops and lightly bitter rinds. Finish is long and smooth and turns lightly bitter with hints of cracked pepper as it warms, nice – but I really like a bit more spice and a bit fuller, slightly more carbonated palate…
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle seems to be conditioned perfectly, and I say that in part because of the incredible, rocky, lasting head formations. This is quite tingly on the tongue, but I do not think it is brewed with spices; the yeast is doing a lot of the work. Very dry. Slight woody thinness mixed with a pine herbality in the flavor, with a bit of sugar tossed in throughout the sip. The aroma is fresh and herbally clean, with great Hallertau nose. Well-integrated in every way. Sweetens up a tad upon warming, but if you like Dupont and Blaugies, this should be up your alley.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is golden yellow with nice rocky white head...smell is lightly citrus and yeasty...flavor is cardboardy...some vegetable bitterness, but not good...
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A straightforward brew, golden in body with a tall rocky head. Good lacing. The aroma is slightly sour, citric (tangerine?) with a light floral hopping. This is foamy in the mouth, it’s so light-bodied. The flavor is a tart/sour citrus fruit with light, grassy malt and a touch of herbal bitterness. It finishes on a refreshingly sour/bitter note. Not bad, if not very complex for a Saison.
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