Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy gold with a huge rocky head, and lots of lace. Quite a bit of fruit in the nose. Maybe some banana and apple, but moreso seems like pear. Some bread and yeast are present as well, but not very prominent. Tart flavor of malts. Followed by a slight bitterness. Fruit comes out some more in the flavor, some pear or apple. Bubblegum maybe. Palate is pretty spicy and dry. Nice full body on this one that finishes with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Very enjoyable saison.
Discofish (152) - USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deligtful nose of fruit. Tasts fruity then finishes with a hoppy sharpness.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy straw colour, has a huge foamy white head leaving tons of lacing. Barnyard aroma is mellow with lemon and cheddar notes. Flavour is not too heavy but still interesting, wheat flavours mix with cinnamon and orange peels. Short dry finish, with a hint of honey sweetness. A seriously refreshing beer. 2003 Bottle.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Conglomerate of murky gel-like haze of light golden yellow with a tall suspended dense white head of firmly settling froth, slowly dwindles down to a thick puffy haze that remains present, lacing in inkblot sheets. Smell is subdued and mellow with light fruity citrus peels and quite floral in its sweetness with an overall dry wood character adding a nice earthyness with dried grassy and musty yeast notes. Taste is a nice meld of complexing little bits of sharp wheat tones that playfully dart around the palate leaving trails of spices, grasses, dulled citrus peels, musty yeast, wood and earthy tones that leaves a real interesting dryness thats milding smooth and long with its own complexities lending nice frothy wheat malts and some mild hop bittering tones. Nice finish, very calm, smooth, lengthy, and subtle with drying tones. Nice airy carbonation upfront that builds quickly to a nice little grab and fullness midway, and finishes dry remaining smooth and kinda tingly/spritzy the whole way through. The drinkability is nice, just a nudge of to much carbonation for me but still a winner in my book.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Tap. Golden orange haze with nice white head and lacing. Interesting aroma with a few lambic like qualites, citric sour and spicy, barnyard. Soft and subtle, sour fruitiness, moderately dry finish. I'd go for more farmhouse personally.
Rerate: bottle. Just added a few points to the rating. Very well balanced, strong aroma (brett), long malty and dry finish. A refined and delicious beer.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Re-rate:
Pours cloudy, gold with a huge rocky white head. Smells citrusy, reminded me of a good white wine. Starts and finishes a little sour, in a good way. Peppery, fruity, with a granny smith apple flavor, that tingles with lots of carbonation.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy yellow,immense white head.Musty,astringent spiced nose.Cloying overpowering yeasty flavor. Not one of my favorites
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 2013-11-09. Crisp dark yellow huge white head and lace. 3+ Pleasant mild bitterness, grassy whispers Belgian yeast and light funk. 7++ Modest aroma lightly alcohol, pale malt, lightly grassy. Smooth average plus to medium palate. 3++ 7/4/7/4/15 Bottle cellared a few months from the LCBO, Toronto
2006-03-XX. Yellow body, with a big white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, peppery aroma wiht a slight touch of yeast and wheaty cereal. Dry flavour with light peppery notes and underlying malt sweetness, malt has notes of light toastiness. Medium effervescent palate. (3+) Pretty refreshing, and pleasant but not something I would reach for often. 7+/4/7/3+/15 - 3.7 Bottle.
June 2005 Bottle from LCBO.: Dark hazy pastel/golden yellow with a good sized white head. Yeasty, spicy aroma with light notes of pepper and something not quite lemon or lemon grass. Spicy notes are more prominent in the flavour along with tripel like yeasty alcohol notes. Slight hints of alcohol intermittently but they are quite discrete considering the octane level. Bit of mild bitterness throughout. Medium smooth palate. Excellent saison but it consistently fails to blow me away. 6/4/7/4/15
December 2003 Pours cloudy yellow with a smallish head. Citrusy spicy (pepper?) aroma and flavour. Subtle and very pleasant. 7/3/6/3/16 - 3.5
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 12/04/03: [8,5,10,3,19]
I have only tastet this beer once and it instantly became one of my favorites!! Plenty of fruit and hops, a great aftertaste.
Please, can I have one more?!?!
This is one of the most hoppy beers I have ever tasted and I looove it!!!
Re-Rate 01/29/04: [8,4,9,4,18]
This beer really is great. Pours a nice hazy golden body with a very creamy head. Lots of yeast and hops in aroma and flavor and that really is what makes this beer so nice. Smooth and well balanced!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale golden-yellow, very hazy. White head. Nose of musty yeast and spice. Yeast is definately the dominating flavor here, musty, dry, alcohol, white pepper, medium bodied, with a herbal, grassy, yeast laden finish. I likey!