SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I don't get any orange flavor or aroma from this one, I do get all the wonderful citrus lambic complexes. Amber red, possibly orange in color. A fine specialty ale from this brewer.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head or lacing in this one. Orange aroma with some hoppy smells along for the weak ride. Lemon, hops, and carbonation about sum up this one. Not bad, but could be better.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden/light amber. Quickly dying head. Unspectacular nose of citrsy hops, slight yeast funk and hint of malt. Medium bodied. Light flavors of lemony hops, slight acidity, clean pale malt profile and slight fruitiness. Crisp, balanced and quaffable but doesn't have that saison funk to it.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours hazy orange hue with a white head that very rapidly completetly dissipates. Aroma is fruity with a little yeast. Flavor is citric spicy but a bit on the flat side. Decent, but a bit disappointing.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange color, small to no head, minimal lacing. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, taste is too thin and watery. Something seems to be missing. Not bad, but not great.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
eh nothing great from the genereally awsome guys at new belgium the organe doesnt come off well and i was disapointed by the shitty finish..sorry i just dont dig it
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Haven't tried this one before, I'm not sure I've seen it around here until the other day. The descrption of "lemon verbena" in it caused some apprehension before picking it up, but I'm glad I did. Very nice coloration; full complement of floaties; tastes tangy; my first impression was that it was pretty odd, but it grew on me rapidly; a complexity of flavors, alot of stuff going on with the tounge; oily, with a slightly crisp finish. I like this one, quite different, not too much lemon flavor IMO; clean & refreashing. This would be nice when the weather warms up. One of the better New Belgians.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle: A large white bubbly froth sits atop a cloudy orangish hued glass of goodness. Very interesting yeasty flavor, with some lemony/peppery/floral accents. Maybe a bit of cloves thrown in. Very sticky... flavor is retained for some time after finishing. I detect some other spices as well... hard to put my finger/tongue on it. Very enjoyable.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale poured a cloudy deep orange color with lots of scary looking floaties resembling of the milky way. Head was loose and settled quickly. Aroma is complex, grainy malts, lemon citrus, funky yeast and bread dough and spices all rolled into one. Has a light and crisp mouthfeel that is lively and playful. Flavor is citrusy and slightly tart. Yeast also contributes to a complex flavor. Overall a very interesting and pleasurable ale. Thanks to Sham for this one.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First out of the gate from belgianhomebrew's Secret Santa package - oh, yeah. Yeasty and sweet nose and super rocky head billow forth to greet you. This is a nice melding of sweet and spicy flavors, neither taking firm control of the taste, and the body is nice and supple, not too thick (yet it threatens) - yet, there is no element of danger here as in the great saisons, no hint of herbal madness stalking you and about to pounce when you aren't looking. Solid and well-constructed - I like it. As it warms it is starting to get sweet like the dupont saison series, I think....