ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of pears, spice, and pepper; in addition, something interesting that I can put a face
on. Pours a sparkling hazy golden straw. The large white rocky head is wispy with
exceptional retention. O how I love big hunks oílace sticking to the side of my glass. The
toasty character reminds me initially of a dortmunder/helles somewhat, but with more
acidity. This offering is an example of how balanced a brew can be. Subtle and clever.
The medium body is very lively and creamy.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 12oz. bottle. Pours a hazy light golden with a fluffy white head. Aroma of pepper, clove, Belgian yeast, sour cherries. I think itís pretty balanced because I sit here thinking, itís sweet, no itís bitter, etc. Tartness is definitely there, and finishes into a grassy sweet mustiness. Sharp carbonation Pretty good.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Schroppfy! Pours a golden amber with a bubbly but dense white head. Nose instantly exudes Bretty aromas, tart fruits, horseblanket and light litterbox/cat urine hints. Lots of dusty, cobweeby yeasts in this as well as flowers and light spices(hints of pepper). Taste is suitably bitter and hoppy, though floral. Sour fruit flavors intersect with Belgian yeasts, soft wood notes, horseblanket, semi-sweet maltiness, light Bretty notes and spices. Body is light and very bubbly with a sharp carbonation feel at times. However, like some other saisons, it still feel "full". Ends on a spicy and floral hop note. Lots of bitterness during the finish. Flowers, yeast, soft, citrus fruit flavors, light barnyard, and a nice tartness. Very pleasant saison!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hope this will break the string of brews that have been less than appealing to me tonight. Lightly hazed straw color with a foamy off white head that settles to a centimeter of foam and leases one large ring of lace. Light grapes, lemon zest, hints of horseblanket, wild flowers and weeds, light anise and mild melon swim through the nasal cavities. Somewhat watery in feel, but i would guess that there should be some airiness to this one. A delicate balance of pale malts and a floral hops existence. Light lemony finish that keeps things crisp and clean. A summers evening or even a bright spring day type brew. Enjoy the warmth of the breeze or buds sprouting. This one seeks the soul and drives out the bad spirits. Thanks Michael and Jason.
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden color with a huge chunky white head that slowly receeds, leaving a very nice lace on the glass. The aroma is a little sour with floral and hop notes. There is also yeast and some of that funk. The flavor is different. Upfront it is rough hopiness and then it fads to a sour funkiness and the finish is actually slightly toasted sweetness. I can definitely understand the attraction. For a beer with only 4.5% alcohol there is an amazing level of complexity here. Very well done.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Well... arenít you wild?<P>
Beer is hazy medium yellow-gold. Head is larger-than-average, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing but lasting head. Light bubbly lacing.<P>
Nose is earthy and optimistic: Malty with light notes of lean toasted grain/cracker; Hoppy with moderate resinous herb, moderate/heavy lemon zest; Complex, funky yeast notes of moderate barnyard, horseblanket, band-aid, light flicker of cellar.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter/dry and moderately acidic with a longish, lightly/moderately bitter, lightly sweet, lightly acidic finish. Touch astringent on the gums. Honeysuckle abundent in retros.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Long, lean, dry, earthy. Gloriously accurate.
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with a strong note of lemon, lesser notes of white pepper, sour apple, band-aid, and clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Like an old school saison, perhaps, back when they were spontaneously fermented (and thus fairly tart). Pretty strong lemon-juicy nose, but otherwise pretty varied and enticing. Kinda like a light modern saison with a dash of lambic. Quite cool, and a great quaffer (should be in 750mL bottles, really). Pretty watery mouthfeel, but thatís the only thing thatís not great.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a nice blurb about the ale on the right side of front label, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured cloudy with small bits of sediment, an amber hued golden with a foamy, somewhat billowing white head that slowly settled into a thin, semi-sticky, foamy lacing, decent carbonation. Had a big farmhouse funky nose, spicy, musty, a slightly sour fruitiness and a dry earthiness. A smooth, textured on the tongue, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Spicy malty taste at first, followed by a dry hop bitterness, the label wasnít lying, earthy, a sour fruitiness and a dry yeasty, grainy malty finish, in a word, delicious.
A good Farmhouse Ale from Jolly Pumpkin, balanced tasting and highly quaffable.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kramer17801. Pours out a hazed up amber/golden color with an eruptive white head that stands a good two inches off the liquid. Fantastic sea foam lacing is left behind. Spiced, funked and lightly flowery nose. Plenty of sour in aroma. Light bodied and just a touch overcarbonated initially, thankfully the carbonation level decreased fairly rapidly. Really nice to sip on, the flavors are a bit sharp and peppery. Quite spicey in a pleasant way. At 4.5% this would make a great session beer paired up with some funky cheese and greasy snausage.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Hazy straw, huge pillowy white head, sticky lacing.   Spicy nose, citrus, pixie stix, slight floral aspect.   Whoa, getting all sorts of goodies on this one, corriander, ginger, subtle apricot, peach, and some flora.   Semi-dry, a bit chalky, remaining lightly tart throughout.   Full bodied, moderate to full mouthfeel.   Pepper and sweet mustard seeds linger.   Not as sharp or floral as other examples, but this one is definitely unique and very tasty!   Thanks to jtw and SuIIy for the bottles!