lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: some light sourness, hay/grass, flowers, coriander, and light honey
Appearance: murky yellow, small, white head, some lacing
Flavor: light sourness, hay and grass, sweet flowers--roses?
Palate: thin--but not too thin, slightly soapy, pleasant grassy aftertaste
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out of the 12 oz bottle with a hazy golden color and a frothy white head. The aroma is very complex, with pepper, clove, boiled egg, lemon and feet. As Iíve ranted in the past, I am not a sour beer fan, but I may be starting to appreciate a more tangy beer. This has that musky, sour, moldy hay flavor that usually sends me to the sink, but it has enough lemon sweet/tart, bready softness to make it almost enjoyable. Spicey pepper, wet wood, maybe some cardboard. Very complex flavors in a lightish beer. Not for me. Thanks to SuIIy for the bottle.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with lots of carbonation and a big rocky white head. Cloudy, light golden in color. A slight medicinal scent, but lots of peppery spice in the nose. Pepper dominates the flavor with a little lemon. Very light palate which would make this beer an easy to drink in the summer. I think this would be a great beer for a Bloody Mary drinker, but for me it tastes like pepper water.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
big tall white merangue-like head. cloudy & glossy golden yellow color. aroma like malty wet hay sauteed in honey, tarragon, and white pepper. some funky yeastiness and nice brett too. good carbonation, flavor starts dryish and a bit sour grassy. spicyness comes in the middle. mouthfeel is watery only at the edges of the palate. finish is a bit tangy and dry. big cloud-like tufts of lacing cling to the glass. thanks a million, Styles!
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at Night of the Living Ales II. Cloudy light yellow. The first thing that hits you is lemon that reminded me of dishsoap and water. A sour yeasty funkiness follows that is not all that pleasant. Is the cask off? Others in the group thought it might be. Plan on getting a hold of a bottle to rerate.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large puffy head that lingers for quite some timeand which leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, grass, yeast, wheat and malt. Mouth is very light and crisp. Flavor is of citrus, wheat and grass. Starts out sour and tart and progresses to a more citrusy finish. Rather refreshing.
Metalhead (622) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This looked REALLY good. Nice cloudy pour with bits of floaties. Aroma lemon pledge and ass. yum yum.Weird yeasty,lemon,just plain off taste. At least it didnít have that sucking beer off a dry stick finish that I have experienced from them in the past. I finished it but deserve a cookie and a kewpie doll for doing so.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice thick head on pour. Slightly clody not much sedament. Should this really be classified as a saison? It has a lot of the typical complex flavor but with a tart finish. Hopy and peppery.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pour was a most excellent medium golden with a well-retained white head... persistent rising bubbles gave a cool effect. This just shows that a delicate, low-gravity brew can be so phenominally executed. Nose was ever-so-soft, with freshly-squeezed lemon, musty old barn, wheat, and a great spice blend. Soft again with the water and carbonation on the palate. First flavor impression with a mildly sour and funky blend of lemongrass and brett. Mild cobwebs, earth, and spices followed. Light in body, with tremendous flavor transition from the initial sour and funky notes through the smooth malty middle to the spicy and citrusy finish. Amazingly refreshing! Testament to the brewerís art!
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Styles for this one...this is part one of my three day walk to 200...going to drink one jewel per night (until I get to 200 and then Iím going to drink a bunch). Opens with a nice phht and a bit of overflow. Pours a beautiful pale honey and has a sizeable white head (really large bubbles). Aroma is yeasty and a bit funky...an earthy sour tang...a bit of sweet fresh fruit...some lagery pilsner notes too. Taste is very new to me...I donít quite get the dishwater talk that a few raters have brought up...I think it is delicious. Iíll start with what I can identify first...some actual bittering hops and their accompanying grass + citrus (which I donít usually pick up on too much with belgian styles)...some very spicey and peppery malt flavors. Now about the other things...there is some definite funky yeast, ester, and alcohol tastes that I donít have the vocab to describe (they make my tongue feel extra dry)...in addition there are some solid spice and fruit flavors that I canít really finger...but the story is that it is great. Overall...adding my relatively novice palate and the complexity of this beer...all I can say is that this brewís craziness is amazingly well balanced and works for me. In addition, the mouthfeel is light, lightly carbonated,and very dry... incredibly drinkable stuff for how complex it is. Iím starting to wish I was closer to JP to check out there other brews...luckily I have some on hand thanks to some folks up there.