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.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely hazy amber color with thick, billowy head and lots of lace on the glass. Sourness and astringency come through with the first whif. Citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit quite prominent. Very nice.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy orange or golden color with a white head. The taste is sweet and fruity with some citrus and acidic notes. For some reason it made me think of christmas. Thin and slight watery finish.
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 Vintage (April)
Hazy orange coloured body with a thin white head. Aroma of grass, tart fruit and wheat. Light-bodied; Tart flavour with some good characteristics. Overall, a nice aged saison-a good lambic and definately worth trying! Overall, great to try-thanks to Tim for bringing this! I sampled this 75 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Ontario.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1995 Vintage - Cheers to IPFreely! Had this at the Thirsty in Toronto Summer Gathering and it was the toast of the party. Well the beer of the party anyway. I absolutely loved it - I immediately asked Tim to get me more of this nectar. Barnyard mustiness/funkiness erupted from the deeply hazy golden tan, frothy white topped elixir. Suddenly the bushel of apples shoved the horseblanket aside and introduced themselves. Then they retreated in a spicy manner to let me decide what the hell just happened. Damn good stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"This ALE has been brewed in 04/1995, bottled in Sept. 1995 and stored in our cellar, When you get it, put it back in a cellar for some days or better weeks (like an old wine). You should a begin of wine porto taste. Enjoy it!"
Quoted verbatim from a label fixed on the bottle’s neck. This was purchased in June of 2004, and spent 3 months in my closet, and several days in the fridge. I’m looking forward to enjoying it, and that begin of wine porto taste! Let’s let’s crack at it!
POP! And out it goes, a golden/ orangey hue, with a slim white head...in the nose, it’s tart, yet sweet, there’s the straw, there’s the must, this is the saison in full character, with a citric force, and a twist of spice, to boot. This is alive, and very lovely.
Oooo, the pucker in the taste, then a lull and it’s mellow, and just a touch sweet, full of fruit, lemon and orange, tangible texture, gripping the tongue and lips. Full-bodied, for the style, with a magnificent mouthfeel, lemon peels and orange zest swimming on the palate, sparking everywhere in the mouth. Gotta say, though, 9 years in and there’s no "wine porto" character, but what we do have is a really tasty saison, well worth the $9.89 I spent on the bottle.
I’d go for another, assuredly.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1995 Hazy orange with very little head.
Earthy, sour aroma which reminded me
more of a geuze than a saison. Initial flavor was metallic, followed by a nice
tart, earthy flavor. Metallic flavor went away after a couple of sips. Finish was bone dry.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1996 bottle. Beautiful orange color. No head. Aroma is an odd mix of sour vegetables. Spices are immediately noticeable in the flavor, followed by a sour, acidic, quite dry finish. Interesting and complex, but not my favorite style.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
2.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
1995 vintage. Deep golden bronze. Aromas of soft barnyard with a mention of vanillas. Nice delicate sourness a sweet citrus fruit body quickly disappears but is nice while it lasts. Huge metallic aftertaste shows up ~5min after a sip and really doesn’t go away. Kinda ruins the beer for me.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1995 vintage. Brilliant golden orange, viscous, with little or no head. Sour Funk, wood, lemon, old honey, and faint vanilla. Sour med to light weight with a lingering mettallic finish. Wood, funk, honey on the back end and lemon. The mettallic notes were hard to ignore and while interesting I don’t think I need another. Maybe a fresher sample would be nice!