Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 12 oz bottle
A nice treat from a local brewer who does a good job on almost all their beers. This is the best one Iíve had yet and was well worth picking up a six pack
Aroma / Appearance - The first thing to hit my nose was a lemon-lime sensation that made me think someone had soaked orange peels in lemon juice. Along with that, there was a slight hoppiness infused with hay notes. The cloudy body was the color of mandarin oranges and had no trace of a head.
Flavor / Palate - At first there is a taste of orange peels, hay and grapefruit that fills the entire mouth. A creamy mouthfeel of peaches blends with citrus flavors on subsequent sips. The finish is sweet with hints of honey playing out in the back of the throat. This would be a great beer to pair with some chocolate and try on an early summer day.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed out of the bottle in Madison, WI. The label says Belgian Ale but this tasted like a very sweet wheat ale, in my humble opinion. It smells rich and malty, with no roasted (burnt) taste at all. The taste was also quite sweet and smooth. I tasted bananas distinctly. A very easy ale to quaff, this one would be good as an after-dinner beer.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very good saison. some lemon and orange zest, with a touch of funk that makes me smile :) flavor is tart and yeasty, with several fruits floating around. i got some lemon, pear, apple, some orange zest again, and some hints of spices. i enjoyed this one, thanks heem!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, pours a hazy golden yellow with a tiny white head. Aroma of orange rind, and yeasty barnyard funk. Flavor is tart mustiness, following into a bready malt finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Good summer beer, good saison.
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a hazy yellow. The aroma is a heavily spicy orange. Really good stuff. It probably beats out the 3F Rabbid Rabbit I had in the same tasting.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy light yellow body with a thin white head. The aroam si funky and earthy with notes ofhay and dried apple chips. There is also a little hint of fresh manure, but itís a good thing. Interesting, almost barnyard aroma. The taste is slightly sour with some old cherry juice. There is also some lemons zest and a little bit of grass. Nice and refreshing. I really enjoy this one.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium golden with a short cap of speckled white head. Lemon-peppery spices, coriander, light fruits, and bready malt in the very pleasant aroma. Flavor picked up faint traces of cellar.. wheaty fruits at the core.. bready malt.. and increasing corinader as it warmed. Medium carbonation and it flowed well across the palate. Finish was high on the lemon and coriander with a bready backing. Very, very tasty and remarkably drinkable.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler purchased at Firm Worm in Arena WI. Pours nearly opaque pale yellow, substantial head. Aroma of citrus and coriander. Flavor of lemon peel and coriander, lots of coriander, spicy and pleasantly citrusy. A beer so solid you almost need to chew it but still thirst-quaffingly easy to drink. Struck me more as a substantial Belgian wit with an extra coriander kick than a farmhouse ale. Whatever you call it, one of the best Belgian-style beers made in the Midwest.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Tap @ GTMW, and bottle shared with Tom (the brewer) at Lake Louie. Totally transparent gold (draft) / mildly hazy (bottle) with a creamy, foamy white head. Starchy and lemon-laden aroma, cleansing dryer sheets, cloves and pepper. Flavor is initially dwarfed by effervescence. As the bubbles back down, weíre left with a pale lemon concoction, cloves and pepper for dimension, and a staunch pils complexion for malt support. Pepper and ginger ring on the backend, finishing with a sweet lemonhead and clover aftertaste.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Growler: Pours murky, opaque, but without any floaties, colored like dried alfalfa hay. Small, soapy head. Lots of coriander and orange in the aroma with a hint of cloves. A little musty, horseblanket...but all-in-all more like a witbier in aroma. Taste is sharp, yeasty, spicy. Black pepper, bitter citrus, and some tartness. Fairly dry. This all tastes much more like a saison. Wonderfully refreshing as well. A damn good, zesty, drinkable farmhouse ale that fits in no defined category.
2006, bottle: This yearís release is as good as or better than last years... Seems like itís a witbier with some funk and pepper added....whatever this beer is, pick this up and try it while you can! You donít often see stuff like this made in the area. Much better than the Great Daneís various seasonal attempts at Belgians.