argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle brought to VA from the brewery by jeffin7 the day I tried it) Cloudy golden body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, strong banana, some clove, lemon, light pepper. Taste is medium sweet, banana, clove, pepper. Bubbly light-medium head. Enjoyable, but the banana was too strong.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Vintage. Poured a medium, hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of lemon peel, oranges and some yeast. Tastes of lemons, light grass, light apples, and other light fruits. Very lightly tart finish. Lively body that leaves on a dry note. Never would have guessed it was 9% (other than feeling tipsy after drinking it on an empty stomach!). I really enjoyed this one.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Sampled from a bottle thanks to jeffin7. Murky gold and orange colored body, 1/2 inch thick white head. Lemon creame full on in the nose with some yeast esters, light a bit empty up front, but makes up for it later on... spritzy and lightly frothy pineapple (someone said this, so of course I then smelled it), rich and moderately high alcohol notices, very good, very sticky, very chewy. A great saison with a bit of age taste but still tastes remarkable.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pepper rains on the wooden house. The wafts of dough and flour seeping through the windows indicate that something scrumptious must be cooking within.
Bread dough and subtle citrus fruit lie smoothly before white pepper and yeast bitterness adheres to the surging pine hop bitterness. Coherent, authentic, and just another great example of Belgian heritage brewed by Sir Morrison.
How I wish more breweries would concoct such a Christmas gift.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to myself for buying this last weekend. Pours cloudy gold with brobdingnagian head and lace all oer the place. Aroma of candi sugar, hopcit, fruit, yeast, Brett, perfumy florals, barnyard essence, female perineum. Great aroma! Tastes fruity, with candi sugar, banana, tons of citrus, hops, perfumy florals, female taint, and a semi-dry finish. As it warms more fruit emerges, and less dryness. Very well balanced and complex, yet subtle. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. This one tastes and smells like a true Belgian beer, to a T. This one is extraordinary, and I just hope they have more left.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the March 25th Tosa Gathering, courtesy of BBB63: Pours a hazy golden bronze with a frothy and well-lacing white head. Great authentic bready Belgian yeasty aroma with sweet banana mustiness and a touch of lemon citrus with a green, earthy floral character. Starts semi-sweet, full and bready with good yeasty esters and a touch of tartness toward the well-balanced, crisp finish. A great authentic and flavorful saison. Itís a shame they arenít bottling anymore. Many thanks for sharing Mike!
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Remarkable golden hue, cloudy. Decent lacing occurs amongst the white foam, initially big, but swiftly switching to a ring state. Not quite Dupontís, but this aroma has a kick for sure. Mellow alcohol supervises over a grainy (good grains) and peppery, foresty dry-hopped meadow. Yeast component is very strong, serious complexity, it just doesnít have Dupontís serenity, less expressive malts, less biting, resinous, jungle-like hops, less general fluffiness. Iíd still drink this almost anywhen. Good white peppery yeast, quite bitter, definitely very dry. Has a good biscuity malt backbone, but you mostly feel it rather than taste it. Creamy texture, strong carbonation, full bodied. Efficient and lovely. Whoíd guess this is from Pennsylvania?
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (thanks TAR!).
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with a note of lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, yeasty.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
I was pretty surprised to not like this one very much. Iíd just had Dupontís Avec (2005) a few days before, and this was having a very difficult time comparing. The yeast character is not nearly as attractive , nor is it as clean tasting or smelling. Perhaps the bottle was not at its finest. And in case you read this, Jeff, the score is based on the first pour, not the yeast-laden second one. Hope to try it again someday, if they make it again.
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a cloudy dark straw, huge white frothy head, with fairly attractive lacing. † Musty nose, slightly spicy, with floral notes. † Yeasty, semi-sweet, and somewhat bready on the tongue. † Very soft spices, with a subtle hop bite. † Quite smooth, and fortunately not very fizzy. † Wonderful body, with a medium to full mouthfeel. † Finishes musty, bready, slightly citrusy minus the sweetness, with a herbal or earthy note that emerges. † While not sharp or crisp like others, I still found it quite enjoyable. † Thanks goes out to egajdzis for the trade!
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opened at the íTosa gathering and received from DocLock: Hazy sunset yellow with a small fizzy head and some lace. Lots of suspended yeast the further you poured the bottle, I rated appearance based upon the earlier pourings. The aroma has a funky and sweaty yeast character, wildflowers, a touch of belgian sugar candi, hint of clove and pepper. A deep complex nose. The taste is twangy and moderately spicy with major floral overtones. Grainy and yeasty throughout with a no noticeable alcohol. The feel is sticky at first and dry upon the finish. A very nice brew and Mikey Likey worthy...still I was a bit underwhelmed.