aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice saison very appetizing pears and candy apples aroma with some floral spice, almost a bit of ginger. Balanced with a touch of acidity and white pepper. lemon tart finish with some wheat and asparagus notes.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Papago
The beer as it sets fresh from the tap a foggy orange-amber color with the head smallish and a semi-creamy in texture and the color off white, as it evaporates the lace left behind forms a silky thin sheet. Nose has a semi sweet fruity aroma, over ripe pears and green apples, fresh and inviting, start is slightly sweet with the back tart and the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation and the tart fruit flavor continues toe the last sip, a fine drinking beer, one I enjoyed immensely.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After the uncapping and uncorking, this poured a hazy orange color with a briefly lived head. It’s got some mustiness to the aroma, also light malt, orange, ginger, and barnyard aromas - hay, wet blankets, etc. Interesting. The flavor is malty with quite a mixture of spices. Can I detect the ginger, pepper, lichen, orange peel, curacao, and star anise that the brewer says is there? No. But it is complex and tasty. It finishes on a dusty, tart note. Interesting.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
funky cork leaked a little and had yeast and mold on outside and yeast culture on inside. lambic like. foam goes quickly. sour yet not quite puckering. light malt masked by citrus and tart. acetic, yeasty, bitter, and that orange peel. a little clumsy. unusual. the more I taste it the more I like it.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured with slim off-white head. Peppery and fruity aroma. Great complex sour taste, with citrus, yeast and spices. Refreshing, thirst quenching, drinkable. Excellent.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle, from fridge, temperature gradually rising to 12 C. Practically no head on a very hazy dark orange body (in fact, I saw some kind of cloud forming in the glass as the temperature rised). Is is bitter and I thought at first it was a Lambic (the label says "beer with evolving taste). A bit vinous, the taste got more pleasant temperature rised, but still bitter. When all this is said, it wouldn’t be a bad beer in Summer.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled Oct 1995. soaked cork, almost fell apart. no head, just a little tan foamyness that goes quickly. color is a pale hazy orange. aroma is triple-sec, slight funk/horseblanket, honey, and a little vinuous. kind of mead-like aroma too. flavor is sour and mostly dry, mouthfeel is slick with little to no carbonation. buttery too, and finish is a litle tangy with grpaefruit rind. faint peppery/ginger hidden in there, and weak aftertaste. this seems more of a flemish sour to me.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl corked and capped bottle. Couldn’t find a date on it?? It does look like its been sitting in the basement at John’s Grocery for awhile though. Cork gave me trouble, it split, but I managed to get the bottom half out without destroying it. Turned out flat, with only a slight foam edging. orange/rust colored. Musty dank earth peppery nose, leather, sour apples. Very light body and flavor...finishes slightly sour with a collection of spices. Pretty refreshing actually, not overly complex or big...this seems like a beer of old, old, old...Pretty enjoyable.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed 04/1995, bottled 09/1995, sampled on 12/12/04: Beautiful amber color, almost no head. Aroma: sour, pepper, orange rind, anise, leather. Taste: initially spicy and sour, there’s some pepper, ginger, barnyard, grass, tart grapes, hay, old barrels, white wine, sour wheat. Finishes slightly sweet and sour, with orange peel, fruit, and anise towards the end. Light to medium body with a small amount of carbonation left but still there. Interesting.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
spicy amber saison, very noticably tart: leaves you puckering. i’m not a huge saison fan, but this one is pretty good.