TheBeerGod (5341) - 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!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite carbonated, blew the cork out when I'd just begun to extract it. Hazy peach-gold, stream of lazy bubbles wafts up from the bottom. Huge white head, clumps of thick lace sit in the glass. Nose is a bit musty, some yeastiness, crisp fruitiness, a bit of zip. Flavor is initially bright and fruity, blast of apricot and peach, a bit sugared and brandied. As it finishes, yeastiness becomes more pronounced. Mildly sour and musty, not as much as expected. Finishes unpleasantly, rather metallic.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle…‘A2 2000’ marked on cap
After carefully cleaning the yeast dregs out of the neck of the bottle to insure a clean, untainted sample, it pours over half a glass of head over a reasonably clear orangish-amber…and the head’s not going anywhere. Great lacing on the glass, as well as a strong and steady effervescence. In the nose, I get medicinal phenolics, black peppery spiciness, raw fruits, heather, musty yeast, faint apple cider, and earthy farmhouse notes. The flavor carries over all of those aromas and flavors, on top of an orangey, acidic undercurrent. I expected a lot more sourness than I’m finding, which is very little. Becomes more phenolic as it warms. The flavor is a bit rounded and dull, with little of the spritzy, lively character I like in a good saison. Brings forth medicinal burps. Fairly medium in body, with a fair amount of dryness on the finish. Strangely enough, the lace has a bit of an iron/metallic taste. This is closer to Fantôme than Dupont, but not as good as either of those. Overall, a solid, but unspectacular, saison.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 1996, aged 7 years. Golden, orange body, with a huge white head that disappears in seconds. Dry yeasty aroma with some sour apple and lime notes. Taste is dry and tart with a very slight sourness. A very mellow hop flavor comes through.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of green apples, alcohol, spices, yeast and possibly some vanilla. light brown body with hints of blush coloration. aged barrel taste with other evidence of tart apple, bread yeast and alcohol. clean and smooth.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy copper body with a thin white head. No lacing.
Ginger, sweet malt and pepper in the aroma. Somewhat of a wet, earthy smell.
Sour fruit. Pepper, orange peel and I guess maybe lichen(?) in the middle. Nice wheat bite in the end.
Full bodied with a tart finish.
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. GBBF2003 (saison tasting session). Hazy amber gold, good white head and moderate condition. Big thick spicy aromas of aniseed and pepper, slight fruity wheatiness in the mouth becoming tart and spicy and faintly phenolic. Long fruity finish with a hint of infection lingering.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 (1996 bottle, so 7 years old)...On a postdiluvian forest floor crawls a hybrid form of humid coriander moss...Green apple skins and bitter orange peels glitter in the flood dew...Time stands still...A fat grapefruit crashes in the mud...All around, the abundant sour yeast invokes a lambic made from Fantôme’s Strange Ghost...New life emerges...
A 10-year-old 1995 bottle presents the same citrusy otherworldliness and white wine fruitiness and sweetness, but the thin body is getting more obvious as the flavors start to fall a bit short...Still, an inspiring experience...
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
26.4 oz. bottle '96 vintage, can taste (and smell, even more) the spices despite the overpowering vinegar bitterness. Past its prime, a pity.