radiomgb (2143) - 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 (4887) - 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 (3953) - 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.
hopscotch (8540) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 1985 Vintage. That’s right, 1985!
I am now almost thirty-five years old and this beauty was bottled when I was a sophomore in High School. Wow! ***
The cork is soaked and beer has leaked through to the space between the cork and cap. So much for "air-tight!"
Very cloudy, deep golden ale with a small, fizzy white head.
The aroma is very geueze-like so the beer is definitely infected, but in a good way!? Huge notes of must, wood, lemon, grapefruit, sweat, apple, dates and a touch of honey.
Tons of citrus flavor with a touch of beef broth, but, for the most part, just plain sour.
Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, crisp finish. Funky aftertaste. Lots of complexity and eccentricity within this bottle of beer... on levels that can only exist when there are several strains of yeast/bacteria trapped inside a lone bottle for eighteen years. Pretty cool old brew!
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1996 bottle tasted on 11-16-03. The label on the back of this bottle indicated it was bottled in November 1996, making this the second oldest beer I've sampled at exactly 7 years old at tasting. The cork on this was completely soaked and some beer had leaked through the cork to the space between the cork and the crown cap. This was a cause of concern, especially after my first sip revealed substantial acidity of the sort you might find in a lambic. Judging from the other ratings this acidity is not out of the ordinary, although the condition of the cork leads me to believe a certain amount of this acidic quality was not intended. At any rate, the aromas on this beer are yeast, spice, mild hops and some fruity characteristics. Initial taste is very acidic with other flavor components (hops, peach, apricot) struggling to break through. The true nature of this beer comes through after it warms. Vinegary acidity mellows substantially and fruits and yeast move forward. The finish is certainly bone dry and the aftertaste is very clean. Color is caramel and head is substantial and bone white. Plenty of sediment in this beer. A treat to find this, but I was somewhat underwhelmed. I'd like to try a "perfect" bottle with no cork damage to assertain any flavor degredation that damage may have caused.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted under less-than-ideal conditions with mediocre ravioli and with a wet cork, this one showed very little head. The aroma was wonderful, but the flavor was tight. You really need to let this warm to open up. Acidic tartness predominates, but when the woody malt and strangely unsweet peach flavor peeps out, you are put on notice that this might be special. Very good, but I need another try.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This lightly hazy beeswax-colored beer has a foamy, thick head. The nose is slightly musty with strawberries, lemons and light clovey spiciness. The palate is very astringent with definite lemony character, but zestier in character. Strawberries begin to reemerge toward the finish. There is a definite effervescence on the palate that makes the tongue tingle. The finish continues the lemony flavor of the palate with a touch of copper bite.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A2 2000 on bottle cap.I found this bottle in Oxford, Ohio, which was stunning and strange. This saison had a cloudy, copper-reddish body, with a light tan head, lively carbonation, and yeast sediment. Aroma was musty citrus and dry apple cider. Flavor was reminiscent of apple cider and wine, with a definite woodiness. Very smooth and refreshing.
TheBeerGod (5047) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 Original rating was from October 2003. 1995 Vintage. Clouded brown-orange with LOTS of floaties! The nose has a spicy peppery hint along with some fruit tartness. There’s a hint of leather and a dank basement. The tongue is huge. Spices, horse blanket, more leather, rotten cardboard, dried fruit, etc. The list goes on and on. Very complex brew. Finishes with some sweetness but still a plethora of spice and funk. Outstanding beer! 8, 3, 9, 4, 19
RE-RATE Bottle. 750mL capped and corked. Neck label shows 7/1995. Just shy of 15 years old. Hazy amber pour with little carbonation and spotty foam on the surface. Aroma is semisweet malt, soft peppery notes, big barnyard and grain, light earthy notes and wet wood. Taste is spicy and flowery with light sweet malt, barnyard funk, cobwebby yeast, and wet wood. Light, damp earthiness as well. Body is light and rather flat. Almost goes down like cool water. That’s pretty much how the palate on this is as well. There is a slight acidic feel to this and a light tartness. Ends with tart fruit, earthy flavors, spicy notes, sweet malt, fresh cut flowers, and wet wood. Maybe the one was off and the few others I have will contain carbonation but I’m not betting on it. If you have any of these in your cellar, drink ’em now! 7, 3, 7, 2, 14
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice sized head and moderate carbonation. Hazy orange color with a tinge of auburn. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a well developed citrus and barny aroma. Flavor is mild but lightly tart and sour with just the right flavors any complexities. All the spices listed in the description are detectable. This is a great saison. Thanks Indra!