jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow. A nice mellow head. Extremelly fruity nose - apples and pears. However, there’s a bit of spice, especially in the taste. Light and clean. Tasty indeed.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mmmm, a wonderfully flavorful concoction - I get the ginger, pepper and coriander, but not so much of the orange/curacao. A nice soft/thick palate, sizzling effervesence (put your ear to the glass and listen!) Towards the end I did get more orange peel - a nice lingering warm glaze of it. This would be good with brunch.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful head to start, great carbonation. Lots of foaming around the cork--in fact, it was soaked wet when I uncapped this beer. Orange and coriander balanced, not terribly overpowering. Tart finish, rather mild. I would like a little more spice, but who knows how long this bottle sat on the shelf.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cork came out with a small hiss then a significant pop. A sort of hazy orange or amber in color with no head. The aroma is comprised mostly of orange/lemon, grassy barnyard, and spice. However, I’m sure there are many I’ve missed. The flavors are very similar to the aroma with some grains added, a bit sweet but also a sour finish not too unlike a lambic. The flavors are not quite my style, but its not too bad. I could still drink it every once in while.
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11 oz.: Cork removal resulted with a loud pop. Strange buttery dandelion aroma, herbal Cilantro, some barnyard, rubber, and corn stalk. The foam is mixed with large soapy and small creamy bubbles. It is also two colors; one side brown, the other white. And no, I didn;t pour in the yeast on the first pour, so it ain’t that. Wow! Very soft and creamy cask feel with minimal carbonation. No acidity. Bready malt. Vegetable, grass, and hint of honey flavors. Needs more carbonation for the flavors to hold. But other than that, this is dangerously drinkable and a new favorite saison of mine.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 10, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
reminded me a lot of a batch of home brew i made called pine’o’ale which i chucked 2 litres of pine orange cordial in. nothing very good about it, bland and a bit of detergent in there
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
1995 Bottle I had it on 8-28-02 I went and got the bottle just to make sure I’m rating the same beer every one else is rating and I am. So I can’t figure out why this is rated any good. Its very different sour bitter and not good
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wonder what Jean-Louie put in this one! Know for exotic spices, the flavor of this Saison is not like any other (save Fantome) in it’s character. Not for the ’first time’ Saison drinker, but one that should be tasted.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Additional comments: The last several ouncesof this beer point to a stunning finale. Slowly building in mineralness, earthiness, spiciness. Oh, my goodness. I can actually taste the lichen. The last gulp was pure heaven; along with the end of the bottle of '94 Cuvee Rene, among the top beer experiences of my life. Original: Now if this is a Saison, and so are the Lag #9 and Dupont I've had in the past few days, then I am truly confused. They are very different! I loved this; quite sweet and sour at the same time, and warming really brings out the Wit-ness qualities. This was a really really great brew. Not light and fluffy, but by no means heavy. 6% and I swear I feel like I could have another!
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 Orange color. Bottle gushes heavily (lost 1/3 of the contents). Peppery, hoppy aroma. Also a peppery and hoppy taste, woth a bit of metal and liquorice. Bitter, herbal finish.
Re-rate: GBBF London: entirely different beer. Golden delicious apple aroma and flavor dominate all other flavors. Hints of sourness.