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 (3610) - 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 (7811) - 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 (114) - 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.
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
very sour beer; picked up the vintage 1996, perhaps it's too old? i am going to let it breathe a little and then perhaps re-rate it..
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy Gold, Hoooj white head that lasts the entire glass. Clan stoney smell, maybe some grass.Tart, lemony, and a crisp hop bite. finishes dry, very little aftertaste. I'm always impressed when a Saison manages to make a f lavorful beer that is so light bodied.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky orange color. No head at all. Aroma is mostly sour almost like vinegar. Little carbonation. Pick up the orange spice I think and the acidity not much else. Acidic finish.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(1996 bottle, sampled 6/7/03): Murky orange body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange liqueur, pear, yeast, faint licorice and raisin. Taste is vinegar, light sweetness, orange, yeast, pepper. Nice dry finish. Medium body and fairly carbonated (despite being 7 years old).