Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a clear medium orange with about a finger of creamy beige head. Lil’ bubbles rose during the entire drink. Nose was chock fulla well-placed and well-summed subtleties... funky Brett, bready maltage, oak, lemon zest, freshly-cut pears, and spices. Tingly mouthfeel with high carbonation making the flavors dance around the palate... a little light in the middle, but the finish is heavier with lots of spices, mild bitterness, and citrus sours... Great finish! Flavors were of funky, cobwebby yeast, coriander, and roasted oak for the first half, followed by lemons, oranges, apples, and more yeast at the back end. No element dominated, and the balance was superb. Great stuff!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml - 2005 - Aroma is funky yeast, subtle hops, and coriander. Very much like a saison. Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a nice think head and great lacing. Flavor is is sweet and spicy. Still yeasty and funky with a bit of citrus zest in the finish. A carbonated and sticky palate keeps the flavor lingering. A great brew.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luckily finding this all around NE Ohio, Winter 2005. To me, this is pretty much everything I like in a saison; so much so that as FBR and I sat and sipped, words and descriptions pretty much escaped us. Aroma was farmlands planted with mellow summer fruits, horses trotting thru spice fields (grapes, melons, corriander, hops, floral, etc.). Poured a bright and glowing amber/red with perfec head and lacing. Great balance of malt and thin spicy hop, mellow warmth at the finish. Holy mackeral, I need at least two more bottles before Spring.....
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750-pours slightly cloudy orange with a spirtzy whtie head. aroma is really woody here-like a fresh cut cedar in the bottle! Estery notes come emerging as the beer warmed up a bit with some notes of dusty esters, light funk (banyard), some lite citrus. Ahh, well it uses grains of paradise. I didn’t know that and i also detected this in there as well. Palate is somewhat fizzy but well balanced. Lots of lemon and corrander in there. pretty good, but not as complex as i would have expected. La Roja is far better in my book.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky, barnyard, bretty aroma with a hint of clover spice and some lemon, a hint of caramel and cherries. It is difficult for me to smell past the barnyard but I’m getting better. Cloudy with an amber color and a thin off-white head. Lots of flavor: lemon, citrus, pepper, hint of soured cherries and caramel malt and a bit of roasted malt after drinking half a glass. The malt flavor comes out more and more as the glass get closer to empty. Very dry, fully fermented and watery dry. Easy to drink and doesn’t leave your mouth feeling blah. Thanks to malachi for sharing.
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured golden red. The aroma contained hints of hay and berries along with ether. The first flavor impression was bitter but fruity. I was also able to pick out a hint of celery, bananas and toffee. The finish was excellent.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden orange pour. Huge rocky head. Aroma of Oranges,lemon peel,hints of wood and spice. Tastes pretty much like the aroma but not as good with some dry hoppiness in the finish. Actually the finish is too dry for me. This stuff makes ya belch bigtime too.3rd beer I’ve tried from this brewery and the last,thats for sure.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle consumed Nov. 05. Thick, creamy, dense chalk-white head (similar, if not quite as dense and well-retained as Orval) atop a golden-brass colored body, bottle conditioned and with a slight haziness. Head is well-retained and laces sufficiently. Aroma is a delightful dose of playful brett, with light notes of honey in the background a touch of pears, limes and apples. The hops are there in generous proportion as well, with a zesty, spiciness of noble hops (saaz and or hallertauer I guess). Quite intense and lasting is the aroma, significanly more round and fruity than orval, not as focused on the brett and hops, but they are still there in abundance. Flavor begins sweet, with juicy pears, nectarines and limey brett. Touches of oak add complexity, a dry wood feel of sorts adding balance to the maltiness. Hops are lightly sweaty but quite crisp on the finish, with plenty of brett carrying through. Mouthfeel shows tiny, compact bubbles adding a tight element to it, while the texture is gentle, yet lightly creamy. Unfortunately, in my sample, all was going slendidly until after about 15, 20 minutes when the texture became just plain watery but even worse, noticeable raw alcohol notes emerged in both aroma and flavor.
Cask pint at Sunset Grille, 12/20/2005
Copper-amber toned golden, with a soft, emergent red sheen to it. Perched atop is a very well-retained white head, hugely foamy and full of large bubbles. The aroma is again of brett, but this time, it shares the bill much more equally with the sweet orange fruits and light doughy malt. Flavor is very fruity, decidedly much more than from the bottle, though it is bright and playful, only being brought down to earth by the lightly bready and a touch sourish maltiness. Hops are soft and earthy, lightly sweaty but not as crisp on the end. Brett is certainly there, but much more subdued. Carbonation is quite expansive on this one, and I still get a touch of wateriness towards the end, but there is no alcohol apparency in this sample. Dosent seem to work as well on cask, warm obviously, which provides the malt with too much fuel and gives it that bready-sweet build up on the palate (coriander too apparent as well) while compromising some of the crispness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with enormous, rocky, off-white head. Big chunky lacing. The aroma is apricot and oranges with a good amount of funk underneath. The flavor is citrus and spice, wood and hay. Finish is tart and bitter, very refreshing. Champagne mouthfeel, absolutely wonderful.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, thick, big-bubbled head. Cloudy orange body. Very full aroma: oranges/citrus, limes, apricots and just plain fruity. The flavor doesn’t quite match the aroma, but it’s pretty good. Dry, and less sweet than I expected. Herbal and earthy notes, with hints of the fruits. The carbonation is a little much for me, so I will lower my rating for this. Something lingers that reminds me of apples...