Underground (5) - Akron, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great Saison with a dense, rocky white head and a faint scent of orange and coriander. Well preserved int he bottle with a very low hop presence but the beer is balanced nonetheless - probably due to the generous spicing regimen. Overall a great beer - a real surprise from an Ohio brewer!
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
25 oz bottle: Medium amberish with a frothy off white head that lasts. Etrange would be a very good description of how this beer smells! There is a decent malty base to the aroma, but the spices used seem all muddled together with none being distinct. The peppercorns come through as it warms. It doesn't really have the barnyard aroma as typical with saisons, but it is definitely unique! Maybe even a little grassy hop aroma. The flavor is well balanced, but a little to the hoppy bitter side with some of the pepper coming through in immediate palate. The finish is hop flavored as is the aftertaste. Oddly enough, there's not a whole lot of complexity to this one in the flavor. Medium bodied with higher level of carbonation and lightly dry m/f. I'm not sure it it's the age of this beer that has taken away it's complexity, or if it didn't really have any to begin with. Then again, I'm not that big a fan of saisons.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Drew for tracking down a bottle of this for me. The bottle itself is beautiful with a yellow wax seal. It is also the first bottle of beer I have tried that employed both a bottle cap AND a cork. That is 3 layers of defense between me and a beer. The beer itself is a deep orange-amber color with a very thick and foamy bone white head. The lacing is very thick and sticky throughout. Lots of sweet fruit and allspice in the aroma. Medium-bodied, with an interesting fruit and spice flavor. Faint citrus throughout as well. There are also a lot of hops in the aftertaste. The finish is dry and tart. Although I am not all that familiar with the style, I enjoyed this one.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of Quarryman's rare bottled beers, this is an interesting saison. Deep orange/red cloudy body, big fluffy tan head that settled into a ring floating on top and leaving nice lacing. Bottle conditioned. Bottle was corked, capped, and covered with a thick layer of bright yellow wax. A sweet fruity aroma. Flavors were much more earthy, full of spices (coriander, I think, along with who knows what else) and some malty sweetness at the back. Dry finish. Palate was nice, but grainy - Maybe this could be aged awhile. Unique