whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey-colored, monster, frothy head, and super-lively carbonation. Aroma of citrus, yeast, hop pungence and Belgian candy sugar. Flavor defines the distinction between sour, citrus, and tart, because they're all there. Finish has some dry, bitter qualities and the palate is like oak. This beer screams "clone", although I can't identify the model but I know that the mimic underachieves because it lacks depth.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything about this brew reminds me of the origonal ommegang, with the exception of being lighter and maybe a little bit "fruitier" It also seemed to have less of an alcohol taste than many other Belgian ales. Flavor is not very complex.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a classic cloudy yellow/orange bottle-conditioned ale pouring with a huge off-white rocky head. It is a fine looking rustic ale, but left surprisingly little lacing through 750ml. I’m always appreciative of an authentic bottle conditioned ale, especially those with an authentic or ersatz cork and the ritualistic opening and pour that follows. What can I say? I’m a sucker for ceremony…however trivial. The aroma of this beer hints of floral, citrus, bread and alcohol. I found it mostly dry and revitalizing from start to finish. It was a tad light on the front end and not quite as sweet and malty as I expected, but this ale balanced out quite nicely with a nice hop and light alcohol flavor in its finish. Mid-palate flavors I identified include grapefruit, pear and a trace of bread-like yeast. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and find it to be very refreshing and faithful reproduction of the Belgian Saison or French Biere de Garde style. I recommend this lighter style offering from Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) over its Belgian Abbey Ale. This ale would go equally well with dinner or as a stand alone.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Named after the first European to set his eyes upon the Niagara Falls, the name of my god-awful hometown. Quality beer though. 25 oz. bottle. Cloudy orange/tan color with an off-white head. Very yeasty aroma with some citrusy fruit as well. Malty flavor, also slightly spicy and sweet. Lots of carbonation. Quite good.
CapFlu (4314) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Faint whiskey, sweet malt and mild hops. Clear amber with thin foamy, non-dissipating head. Very active carbonation runs the center of the glass. Slight sour flavour with a hint of whiskey and lemon. Finishes clean with a slight burn. Very good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 75cL bottle, Bordeaux glass. Medium golden-straw hue that shows some amber tendencies towards center. Thick, frothy white head slowly diminishes. Very fresh aroma, starting with esters of bananas foster and cilantro and pepper hops. Sweet, bready and sugar cookie malt underpinnings draw out mineraly, almost flinty, water elements. Light orange, coriander and clove tones and intrigue. Sweetness is soft upfront with notes of bread and cantaloupe. A sour, yeasty shadow arrives at mid-palate and threatens to dominate until dispersed by the herbal and spicy hop finish that fades into a long and dry mineral-rich aftertaste. Despite vigorous carbonation and alcohol/mineral dryness, the body has a tacky, sticky building sensation at the roof of the mouth that feels out of place for a saison. Interesting, but it lacks the serious complexity and off-kilter attitude of a killer saison.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 2007-12-17, corked bottle, 6-3-6-3-11=
Hazy golden color. Dry aroma, spicy and with some plastic. Dry flavor too, light saccharin sweetness, a bit of plastic, some citrus fruit, peels. Not so interesting.2003-07-26, corked bottle, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Golden color; big head. Like a Grand Cru, a wheat character in the aroma and taste. Quite malty.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light and fruity, lightly golden in color with effervescent carbonation, this one does a number on your palette, it overpowers you with complexities. Nicely spicy, and sweet...perfect for a hot summer day like today.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not usually an ale fan, but this one is damn good. I bought this when I had money, but I am drinking it now that I am broke. It makes you feel better to drink good beer when you are poor. That way, I don't have to dip into the reserves of PBR.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 Pretty, pretty beer, hazy gold with a perfect carbonation, head like a white pillow. Taste is like freshly mown hay, with some nice funky barnyard flavors in the back. I think this beer has gotten funkier over the years. Perfect palate, one of my favorites. I’m quite partial to Saisons to begin with, and I consumed this one on a hot summer day. Just beautiful. I’ll stop now before I tear up. RERATE: 08/13/11 - don’t think I would get weepy over this 8 years later, but still a great beer that I enjoy.