BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 This one has a great pour! Extremely thick head that lasts, looks like a blonde in a bathtub playing with her rubber duckie. . Okey dokey, you get top notch appearance rating. Now to aroma … unfortunately disappointing – way too much like a cheap wheat beer. I hope it doesn’t _taste_ like a wheat beer. No it doesn’t. This is really a great beer, even among its Belgian peers! The carbonation kicks in and STAYS (I personally prefer an ultimate carbonation, as I believe yet another excuse to drink beer can be: it has so many bubbles that for indigestion you don’t have to worry about the sodium in Alka Seltzer!) Back to Moinette, the flavor is intensely malty and quite positive. But now the cheap yeastiness comes back in the aftertaste … Quite a kaleidoscope on the palette, I must say. What I can say is that this really seems to be a great brewery – I think though that I will try some of their other, filtered offerings, as this is simply too much like “wheat beer”.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. You can tell this is a Belgian just by the aroma. Very earthy, yeasty
aroma that I love. Flavor of yeast, spices
(coriander, pepper) and hops. Drier than expected but with a slightly sweet finish.
This is a great beer.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dupont produces some very nice brews, and this is no exception. Lovely medium gold color and somewhat thin white head. Crisp, peppery, some fruit notes, and a long aftertaste. A nice tripel!
Sammy (7740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
easier smoother drink than their Saisons. Satisfying. Pure Belgium, with apricot and lemon, medium mouthfeel. Nice blond white and lacing. Peppery, not too sour nor sweet, more malty and vanilla, some nutmeg. perhaps shelved long?
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Straw-red with thick creamy head. Aroma is sour almost lambic-esque; nice cherry aroma very clean. Flavors of a nice balance of belgian esters with a sour note very clean and an awesone thirst quencher, but at 8.5%, your thirst quickly turns to lightheadedness. Bravo!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle BD L01028/1 Deep gold, awesome white head, rushing bubbles. Smells of banana, citrus, malt, horsehay. Flavor is spicy, peppery bitterness. Finished dry w/ slight alcohol, spice, orange rind. A real nice Triple with just a hint of farmhouse character. 3+ years of bottle aging have not harmed it. A joy. I’d only wish there was a bit more malt flavor there.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden color with light effervescence, some chill haze, and a white head. The head retention is low, but it has a nice fine bubbly lace. Aroma is tart and citrusy with a sweet background. Taste is of herbs, peppery and tart. A sweet start with a sharp bite. Mouthfeel is well rounded -- Smooth and effervescent.
Better balanced than some other Saisons I have tried. Still not my cup of beer. Too much bite and not enough charcter to back it up.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid "4" beer if ever there was one. 750 ml. green champagne bottle. Corked and caged. Cryptic date code of L03123B/4 on front label. 2003 date on cork. Loud pop forcefully ejected the cork. Good thing I was ready for it. Poured out a hazy piss yellow color.
Thick white meringue-like head was enormous, and stuck around forever. It still had a decent head when I hit the bottom of my Chimay chalice. I think this beer has been mis-classified, because it’s way more of a Saison than a Strong Pale Ale.
Aromas right off the bat were of funky Belgian farmhouses and barns, along with an herbal twang to it. Slight phenols and sweet malts mix for an interesting effect on your nostrils. Classic funky Belgian yeast, and corriander makes your mouth water before you even taste it for the first time. Artisanal beer at it’s best here gang. If you don’t appreciate this beer for what it is, you don’t appreciate beer, period. The level of CO² was high, very effervescent and prickly on the tongue. Wet, medium mouthfeel, meaning it isn’t dry and astringent. It has a slight sour puckering effect on the mouth, but it’s appropriate for the style. Tastes are about the same as the aromas, funky Belgian yeasts, peppery spices, no hops, and sweet malts. Tastes to me like a monsterous Saison. Alcohol is well hidden, but it has a warming effect in the gut, and it will definitely sneak up on you, and whack you upside the head.
Dangerously drinkable, smooth and delicious. One to keep your eye out for when you’re out buying beer. A top notch Belgian by anyone’s standards.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4300) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Another Dupont product that fails to capture my imagination. +++Sampled from a 11.2 oz brown bottle the beer poured a medium golden color with a huge creamy white head. The aroma was yeasty, flowery and sweet. The flavor was sweet, lightly fruity, a bit flowery and overall dominated by yeastiness. The yeast flavor really lasts on the finish and really detracts from what otherwise might have been a rather nice beer.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330ml). A hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. A light fruit aroma with vanilla, pears, and honey. A smooth herbal fruit flavor with a dry finish.