evanlarkin (218) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dull, light brown. Sweet caramel aromas. Mostly flat, and tastes like a caramel drink. Huh.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hazy amber, thick white ring with thin white layer on top. Caramel and green nose, lightly funky yeast a la Fantome. Flavor is straight caramel and cardboard, sticky light paper and cloth mouth feel through finish. This one is oxidized to death, light citrus and earth emerging faintly in the finish alongside a Brouwsel 20 rust quality.
TURDFERGUSON (3580) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thank you sir. Like Gene said, this one is done, sadly. Have tried many of these over the last 3-4 years and this is the first time its been pretty close to a drain pour. I miss Heavyweight.
Travlr (8186) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thank you sir. This one is well past its prime, lots of oxidation.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle at 5000 tasting - murky brown pour Old, flat and oxidized. I feel like an ass ticking this.
jtclockwork (5219) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Jimmack awhile back. Pours brown. Nose/taste of spiced apples, muted hops, apple vinegar, spice and bad juice. Medium body.
j12601 (5716) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a milky brown, rather murky looking. Not promising. Old and full of oxidization. Just utterly falling apart at this point. Oxidized and sweet. Pretty much undrinkable. Shame, that.
tgncc (2334) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Paul’s house. The aroma is bubblegfum, fruit, banana, wine. The appearance is deep amber, slight translucence. The flavor is like wine, fruit, booze, oak, spicy. The beer is watery and thin in mouthfeel. The finish is bubblegum sweet, no hops. Odd beer. Decent.
blipp (4880) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours golden amber with no real head, just some little bubbles. Light spicy saison-yeasty aroma with some light sweetness. The flavor has a hint of oxidation, some light fruity notes, and spicy yeasty notes. Still pretty good for its age.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, over 4.5 years old. Well, I’ve finally completed the Saison de la Soeur foursome. I was a pretty big fan of the other three, and really liked the Golden version as recently as a couple months ago. This one opened with a soft hiss (good sign), showing just a little rust under the cap. The pour yielded a dense looking, muddled, sienna brown colored body that was crowned with a thick, spongy head of smooth, ivory tinted foam. Delicate, tattered, spider-web lacing marks the glass. The nose is primarily malty, showing a major bread and dough influence, along with notes of honey, nuts, and sugar-glazed apricots. The yeast profile is estery, hinting again at dough and fruit, with the slightest twang of minty, Fantôme-esque funk. The flavor is certainly less tart than the other 3 versions of this brew, leaning more towards the doughy, caramelized side of things. Though the spices have certainly faded and become muddled, trace remnants of clove, allspice, and grain of paradise are detectable. There’s a hint of caramelized banana in there as well. An hops that once thrived are long gone. The palate is lightly carbonated, as expected, though there is still a hint of fizz in there. It falls right about at medium bodied, finishing sweet and slightly sticky. I can say with great certainty that this version has fared the worst with age. Each of the others showed considerably more tartness, depth of flavor and aroma, and liveliness in the mouth. Of course, I have no idea what the storage conditions were like for any of the Heavyweight brews that I have sampled, this one included. It was still nice to take a trip back in time.