Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured amber with a whit head. The nose is hoppy , duh! The taste was good and smooth, lemon citrus hops. Good quality brew here folks.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an orange/red body with a small white head. Citrus hops, spices, and yeast on the nose. Strong hop flavor up front with a grassy barnyard taste. Becomes citrusy in the finish. Like Doclock, I too bought this one at State Line and my cap also seemed to be loose. Iíd like to try this again sometime. Hopefully, my second pour wonít be clumpy...it wasnít :)
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy, orangish tinted amber color and is topped by a frothy, fairly thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is at first hoppy with a grassy herbal note, but then picks up a suprising amount of maltiness to it (notes of fresh toasted bread, and a bit of a caramel note to it as well). The taste is at once spritzy, yet lightly swee. Of course there is a bracing hop note throughout: from the bitterness that starts up front and continues through to the finish, to the mix herbal, grassy, and perhaps lemon-like hop flavors. This beer has a fair amount of body to it, which I normally would not like in a Saison, but it works here, the ample hop levels even require it in order for this beer to gain some balance. With the body there is a definite malty background that is reminiscent of a slightly toasted crust on a fresh baget of french bread; toasty and biscuit-like.
This beer is quite quaffable, even the hoppiness of the beer does not interfere with the easy drinking frame-set. Especially as it warms up, the hop notes become a bit softer and the maltiness becomes a little more assertive. The hop note on this is really a spicy mix of pine, mint, basil, hints of lemon. This is a nice easy drinking beer, and I really like the sharp spicy character that this beer picked up from the yeast; a mix of ginger and pepper, but really not either.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from State Line. I believe I got a bad bottle of this, as the cap wasnít very tightly attached, and I saw no head, a lot of big carbonation bubbles, and a clot of yeast that made the second pour look horrible. I love Heavyweight beers, and I love Tom Bakerís innovativeness, but this one had gone sour. I actually poured most of the second pour out. I will rerate. I did get a hazy orange/deep copper pour with aromas of hops, spice, citrus, barnyard, and flavors of hops, some malt, florals, tons of spices including sage. The flavor, however, was muddled and the beer felt dead in my mouth. Out of 2139, this is my first "turned" beer.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney, earthy and spicy hops thrive abundantly within in a multi-dimensional, yet never loud, presentation. Oranges and other fruity allusions cuddle with the toasted malts. Intriguing and saliva-inducing.
Pine and the earth from which it grew traverse a yeast storm which tends to momentarily blind the view. A muscular back bitterness continues the wooden theme (resinous, spicy, musty), and attempts to pull the many flavors facets out of their muddled leanings. Quite flavorful and original, another very interesting beer from Heavyweight.
Nature has the unique power to wake you up and calm you down all at once.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge rocky, perfect foam shaped off-white head tops the sunset deep sand (orange-amber) colored body. The gentle malt sweetness comes up biscuity and toasty, honeyish while the yeast is all about its multiple range of esters with hard to pick up individual spices and fruits while the obviously spicy, earthy hops act like a mellow perfume. Musty, peppery nature, pineapple touched sage? Notes. Elegant, very pleasant soft medium body, expanding foamy texture, citric, mineral hard wateriness and the mellowest alcohol are all part of the journey. Delicious, once again. The last of the 4 Heavyweight Saisons and Iíd gladly drink a 750 of any of them by my lonesome, truly a successful line of experiments.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark goldish brown, with a big frothy beige head. Nice bready aroma - like rye or pumpernickle, plus a savory spicy edge. maybe a hint of caramel, as well. Obviosly bready flavors up front, with notes of caraway seeds and a tangy, peppery edge. Slightly metallic, flinty finish, with an enjoyable nuttiness. Thanks to Lou18 for the trade!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange color with a thick and lasting white head with lots of little floaties in the beer. Aroma is hoppy but with a strong apple scent. Wonderfully hoppy flavor is complimented by just the slightest hint of fruit. Good spicey aftertaste really brings it home. Iím going to have to seek out more of this Heavyweight stuff.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 07.16.05 Tap at BCTC. Well, I was hoping to get a whole 750ml of this to rate, but that doesnít look too promising, so...
Dark and hazy amber pour with fluffy white foam of loose bubbles. Aroma is yeasty and bready with plenty of resinous, earthy, and peppery hops. Dried flowers sneak in. Citrus flavors dance in and out of the scene amidst a mess of grassy and spicy flavors. Bitter to finish, but not assertive. Good all around, but not as bold as Iíd hoped it would be.
This stuff is coming along great. Hops are coming together with big and sharp grassy notes and some slick but chewy cascade. Funk is developing. Just bought a few more to sock away.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large offwhite head, puffy with excellent retention and a nice clingy coating of lace that lasts. Hazy, orange hued brew. Nose is fruity and flowery with hints of mint and yeast. Body is light and a bit more carbonation would help. Plenty of flowery hops backed by light malts, bready and a touch toasty. Bready, doughy notes show themselves more after rousing up the yeast on the last pour and the hops becoming more perfumey as it warms. Finish is medium dry, hoppily floral. An interesting brew.