Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 This is another pizza port brews that goes beyond all expectations. Just when one thinks that all resturant/breweries can't brew really good beer, pizza port stands out above them all. Very mellow on the yeast but big on the flavor of chocolate and cherries and a slight toastiness and a mellow vanill finish. Wonderful. Rerate.... I only had a 10 oz of this aged and it is seriously, the best beer I have ever had. A little spiced, flavors that tingle all parts of the palate. DAMN!!!!! I wish I could het more of this.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was an amazing beer to sample and I now wish I had a whole bottle of this just for me to try. The appearance is a dark brown color and slightly oily, the aroma had a great spicy bubblegum upfront nose. Viscous and sticky, with a sweet, moist mouthflavor. This is just so tasty, with lots of light and dark fruits, a huge malt backbone, and lots of yeasty spiciness. Amazing!
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is brewed with an authentic Belgian stain, domestic malts and hops, and an interesting addition of rosemary and fried raisins The caramelized raisins give the beer some more sweetness and depth, as well as a little alcohol boost. This beer comes in at a hefty 9.5% abv. The fried raisins add that special something to this beer. It is a flavor that you just can’t put your finger on, but gives this beer another dimension, and all the more character.
SPF 8 pours to an opaque deep brown color with a slight tan head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very complex and interesting. First off you get a fragrant herbal burst of rosemary, paired with some spicy yeast aromas, and sweet/dark malt aromas, and a slight hint of smoke. The palate if full and rich on the tongue with complex flavors of dark malt, sweet malt, fried/burnt raisin, and an under pinning of yeast flavor. SPF finishes with more of those complex flavors, then ends with a warming, and slightly cloying finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coconut, ripe melons and sweet candied raisins in the aroma. Red tinged black with beautiful tan head that lasts nicely and recedes to a thick ring. Just enough bitterness to restrain the abundant sweetness of the malt and fruity esters. Wonderful zingy spiciness. Slightly warming with velvety-smooth mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, solid, hazy, murky mahogany color with a creamy, deep brown head along the rim. At the pinnacle of aromas - cinnamon, nutmeg, prunes, golden raisins, apple pie a la mode, and glimpses of chocolate powdered sugar. Quite the unique and enjoyable flavor articulated with raisins, pepper, anise and cocoa. Dry and carefully balanced. Some trademark saison souring elements compliment a backdrop of smoke and cedar sauna panels. Slight tartness. Plums and Hershey syrup prompt a pervasive flavor dynamic. To say complex would be like calling the kettle black. Bravo. Thanks to 1FastSTI for sharing this!
TAR (2387) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml: Charred purple. Alluringly fluffy, foamy tan head with slight rockiness. Superb aromatic herbal display with plenty of support from the plumlike acidity, pulverized coriander, chocolate, and clove. Light hint of medicine, sweet orange peels, and currants amid a swath of spicy esters and masterfully understated Belgian yeast. Decadent sponge softness caresses the tongue. More than enough chewy fluff and creaminess. Flowers, herbs, and well-placed yeast notes greet the spicy alcohol with a perfect note of underlying acidity, which helps keep it from becoming overly sweet. Continues to become fuller and creamier at the core with a rich malty thrust to deflect the spices and herbs. Minty alcohol livens up the herbs and peppery esters. Lurking chalkiness from the black malts precedes a prolific spark of black malt hulls, as they permeate the finish. Minty alcohol sparkle adds more elegance and dryness and agitates the juicy noble hop backbone. Spice, chocolate, star anise, and herb remnants gain full support from the malts and a mild-mannered, yet continual, noble hop anchor.
Without question, the ingenuity it took to create this will have most certainly paved numerous endless pathways for the style to explore. Wonderful Saison.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn was this good. Black cherry color with moderate brown head. Smells like a black forest cake. Chocolatey and chewy. Tasts much like a blackforest cake with a hint of burntness, carmalized fruit and a milt tartness are sighted in the background, flavor lingers finishing with a crisp burnt encore.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious roasted, spicy dark malt aroma, with a hint of cinnamon shortbread. Butterscotch (not diacetyl) and dry vanilla initial flavor mellows quickly to syrupy flat fudge. Rich and expanding as the beer warms inside my eager mouth. Exciting new twist on what defines a saison. Can't wait to try it again!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer. The hubby poured me a glass and when I came around the corner and saw it sitting there - very nice! Gorgeous color and head. Lovely lacing. Aroma to match. The rosemary jumps right out at you. Fruity! and the honey too. Texture is smooth and rich - chewy. Little bit of bitter pops up there in the middle and sloooowly fades out. Taste is sour fruit and minty rosemary spice. Malt and a little roastiness. This is a great beer.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Freshly picked prunes and dried raisins cover the crunchy and hearty crust of roasted malt bitterness…Buckwheat honey imparts blueberry-like sweetness to this eclectic home-cooked masterpiece and surely gets through better due to the slick level of carbonation…Avant-garde brewing fabulously meets the authenticity and full-flavors of old-style cooking…