Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a burnt orange red brown color with a big, big head and lots of cobweb lace. The aroma is funky, shoe leather, sour apple, ginger, musty old photographs, and citrus. The flavor is musty, citrusy, damp, earthy, and a finishing sourness. The palate is somewhat carbonated, but somehow very refreshing. Overall, I like this and think it would be great with a nice dark gravy and wild game dish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very well carbonated, produces a thick tan head that is made up of large bubbles. The beer is ever so slightly-hazy and a pretty copper brown color. The head is very persistant & produces the classic Belgian Lacing. An aroma of cider & fresh apples, slightly musty, and a hint of sharp astringency. Taste is lightly sweet, perhaps a bit of acidity. A very earthy taste to this beer, though light in body, it gives this beer a certain richness. The high carbonation gives this beer a tingly sharp bite as it slides past one's tongue. Quite an interesting beer, that I definitely recommend. A soft apple fruitiness in this beer is the predominant taste. There is a certain spiciness here as well that helps to perk up the mild fruitiness.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
95 Vintage Pours a nice amber with minimal head and some spotty lacing. Musky aroma of tart fruit, some hay, yeast, and bread. Strong nose. Some alcohol is apparent as well. Spicy flavors of sour apple, balanced with just a hint of sweet citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. The yeastiness is there. I have to say it's quite spicy, clove mostly. The palate is slightly sticky, body is full, and the finish is tart. A bit dusty as well. Very nice. A lot better than the last bottle I expirienced.
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-amber, hazy; middled yellowish-cream head. Fruity (citrus) nose and yeasty. Maybe some iron. Yeast taste, yes - but grain, fruit, cookie malt too. Ends citrussy and tart, enhanced by the carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Dry, and acidburn. It's tart, and fruity, sharp. Yet I keep dreaming about the Saison de Pipaix,as brewed once by Biset-Cuvelier.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml [Corked and caged, 1985 sampling: Deliah’s Chicago (vintage beer tasting, Feb ‘04)]: The bottom of the bottle contained a dark golden haze – a beautifully sweet barnyard must floats around the rim of my glass, complex with soft notes of leather, cherries, peaches and brittle straw. Outrageously wacky flavours of tart, sour cheese, iron, and blood. Very little carbonation, but this was truly the funk of funk. . . what an experience!
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled: Golden coloured. Nice offwhite head. Applejuice and sweetness in the nose. Mild and smooth fruitflavour. Is sweet in the aftertaste.
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
moderate to deep golden hazy color with a thick creamy white head and some great lacing. lots of fruit in the aroma and also the unmistakeable scent of spent fireworks, and some apple and a few other fruits that i cant identify. flavor is roughly the same, a lot of apple, and a thick creamy mouthfeel. i think i can pick up on the orange peel, but the other spices, i cant quite pick up on...this is damned tasty. quite a bit better than saison dupont in my opinion. as this beer warms, it's amazing how much the pepper comes through.
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 1995:Murky gold/orange in colour. Aroma was very gueuze like, tart, funky with some sour cheese. Flavour was sour and tart, pucker, some apples, lemons, and barnyard. Finishes with a long dry puckerness. Extremely refreshing. Thanks for this one IPFreely.
2003: Light brown in colour, it looked like iced tea. The aroma was of yeast, caramel, cookies and citrus. Flavour was tangy, yeasty, spices and some carbonation and lots of citrus. Finish was somewhat tart with a medium spicy bitterness.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew from a bottle cap marked 2000 poured a very large envigorated head of foamy light brwon colored long lasting off white colored bubbles that left behind a most excellent lace and a carbonated hazy light brown colored body with a little yeast floating in it. The aroma was different than most with with mild doughy malty notes and the mouthfeel was smooth and tingly. The flavor was not what I expected from a Saison. It was missing more of the fruity floral notes that othere Saisons I have had. It instead had a floral doughy flavor.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle cap dated 2000. A large frothy, foamy white head with fine-medium bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body had lively carbonation and it was semi-transparent with an orange-brown hue. The nose was lightly hoppy, sweet, and citrus. The flavor was sweet, acidic, sour, tart and citrus. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, a bit tingly and medium bodied with fair lacing on the sides of my glass.