rauchbier (3496) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. GBBF2003 (saison tasting session). Hazy amber gold, good white head and moderate condition. Big thick spicy aromas of aniseed and pepper, slight fruity wheatiness in the mouth becoming tart and spicy and faintly phenolic. Long fruity finish with a hint of infection lingering.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 (1996 bottle, so 7 years old)...On a postdiluvian forest floor crawls a hybrid form of humid coriander moss...Green apple skins and bitter orange peels glitter in the flood dew...Time stands still...A fat grapefruit crashes in the mud...All around, the abundant sour yeast invokes a lambic made from Fantôme’s Strange Ghost...New life emerges...
A 10-year-old 1995 bottle presents the same citrusy otherworldliness and white wine fruitiness and sweetness, but the thin body is getting more obvious as the flavors start to fall a bit short...Still, an inspiring experience...
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
26.4 oz. bottle '96 vintage, can taste (and smell, even more) the spices despite the overpowering vinegar bitterness. Past its prime, a pity.
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
very sour beer; picked up the vintage 1996, perhaps it's too old? i am going to let it breathe a little and then perhaps re-rate it..
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy Gold, Hoooj white head that lasts the entire glass. Clan stoney smell, maybe some grass.Tart, lemony, and a crisp hop bite. finishes dry, very little aftertaste. I'm always impressed when a Saison manages to make a f lavorful beer that is so light bodied.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky orange color. No head at all. Aroma is mostly sour almost like vinegar. Little carbonation. Pick up the orange spice I think and the acidity not much else. Acidic finish.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(1996 bottle, sampled 6/7/03): Murky orange body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange liqueur, pear, yeast, faint licorice and raisin. Taste is vinegar, light sweetness, orange, yeast, pepper. Nice dry finish. Medium body and fairly carbonated (despite being 7 years old).
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light amber/orangish hue w/ off white foamy head; retention could be better. Leathery/wet horse blanket/earthy aromas very apparent. Maltiness is underlying to all other aromas but apparent when the beer warms. Earthines could be from the cork, but not likely, very nice aromatics to this beer. Toasted malty and well balanced w/a little hop flavor and fairly dry finish. subdued fruity character w/a clean toasted malt aftertaste. Higher than average carbonation typical of a Saison and dry M/F w/a medium body. Not my favorite style of beer, but I'd have a few of this beer at a time; Very refreshing and very well balanced.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber color with a medium lively quickly diminishing head. Aroma of oranges, leather, slight detection of oak soaked in whiskey, reminds me of Old Suffolk. A slight musty taste, dry, carbonated. Decent.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 1996: Pours a cloudy, orange gold color with little particles floating throughout. The aroma is fruity and spicy with a touch of orange, ginger, and yeast. The flavor is very tasrt and slightly sour, with some spice and orange notes and a finish that is tart, sour, and very dry. Very lambic-like and quite interesting, though I suspect it the spices would be more pronounced and the beer would be better fresh.