steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tulip / huge white, tight, sparkly head that diminishes airy and rocky. it takes awhile for whatever froth there is to disappear. actually, no head actually completely leaves... anyway, sweet honey cheese aroma, doughy palate, citrusy flavors, dry and fizzy aftertaste. not sure if i sensed a great barnyard thing going on... i like this, though, but iím not sure if could ever buy this again. quite good, however.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in my hotel room, while out of town on business. Purchased from the Grapevine in Austin, Tx. Yellow in color with a cloudy base and pollowy white head. Aroma is full of yeast and spices and a bit of a citrus hint and some grassy notes. Flavor is light, full of wheat and yeast. Bananna and a sweet wild flower taste. Spices, light citrus fruit and a little pepper. Nice feel and finish on the tongue.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is cloudy orange with a big nuce fluffy and rocky white head...smell is horseblanket, straw, yeast, pepper...beautiful aroma...taste is amazingly just like the aroma with the addition of lemon, dough, light fruits toward the finish, with the finish being crisp and nicely bitter...fantastic...
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean smelling -- fresh cut green honey dew, calendula, farm meadow in the morning.
I call froth like this íbeer meringueí, most definitely. Goldenrod.
Itís floral, fruity....carambola (starfruit) kiwi. Sticky, bitter....green banana. Saison grass, and dry finish. Quite wonderful and refreshing.
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden pour with a huge head. smells sweet and has a lot of carbonation. not much of a fruity taste in this one. very dry finish and taste. pretty damn good beer when you get down to it. definatly something unique to this area of the world.
marcus (6418) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This golden farmhouse ale pours with a very large white foamy head that gradually dissipates. The aroma is sweet, but the initial flavor is pleasantly bitter with a rather fruity finish. The highly carbonated texture makes this beer particularly enjoyable on a hot summer day, but it is good enough to be consumed in any weather.
nmatheis (4) - USA - JAN 24, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. ~50F serving temperature. Poured a pint with ~75% being tight foam. Phenolics & grain in the aroma. Shimmery gold color. Light-medium body with some carbonation sting to give the overall impression that the body is lighter than it is. Lots of yeast flavort - phenolics with a bit of bubble gum in the background. Hop bitterness quickly hits the back of the mouth and edges out the malt. After swallowing, leaves a bit of hop bitterness in the back and a sweet, fruity taste in the front of the mouth.
As an aside, I just read Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski (good reading if you want to try and replicate these beers, along with Biere de Garde style brews). Dupontís Saison seems to be the classic modern version. I think Fantomeís brews edge out Dupontís Saison with their complexity of spices and acidic tang - just my two cents though. Iíll be culturing the Dupont yeast tonight and trying to culture Fantomeís in the near future!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely one of my recent most-favoritest, really good beers. Really summery, citrusy thirst quencher. Everything about it is top-shelf. Great big, long lasting head, intense beading, peach colored cloudy pale ale. Grassy taste, remarkably bright flavor, wonderful with food or even better instead of dessert. But then again, I might have been drunk.
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml green bottle.
Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a huge, frothy soapy head.
Froth slowly recedes and leaves lots of chunky, sticky lace in itís wake.
Aroma is Yeasty, funky, soft cheese, a little sour note and a touch of fruity banana hiding way down deep.
Flavor is delicate, lemony and sweet and earthy with a long, lightly lemony bitter finish.
inebrius (6) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmerís cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.
When youíve finished, use whatís left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.