jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 ml. caged cork green bottle with a blurb on the back label and the year 2005 on the cork.
Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy orangy golden with a foamy white that settled into a thin foamy lacing, good carbonation.
Aromas of pears and apples, a herbal earthiness, a light spiciness and grainy malts.
A crisp and carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel, good drinkability.
Softly tart pear fruity, mild spice and musty herbal, dry yeastiness, light sweet grain maltiness and a dry fruity, herbal and grainy finish.
A very nice saison, well worth trying.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a hazy golden color. Fairly large foamy white head. Strong yeasty aroma. Traces of graininess as well as some maltiness. Dry yeasty flavor up front. Fair amount of hoppy bitterness as well. Citric bitter finish. Well rounded full bodied beer.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Nice straw color, slightly musty scent. Light, easy to drink. Pretty strong malt flavor. Comes across as a lager in the same vein as Heineken. The musty/maltiness doesnít leave much room for anything else.
Rune (10703) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Thick white creamy foam, some of it lasting for a while. Half hazy, light golden coloured. Sweet fruity to the nose. Fruit cocktail flavour packed with spices and notes of yeast. Dry finish with a touch of bitterness. Summertime feeling, though a bit too sweet and carbonated.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Hopleaf: Monkís robe brown color, moderate carbonation. Straw, earthy, organic flavor and mouthfeel. Slightly yeasty aroma. Some spice, fairly dry.
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Bottle. Rerate. Rerated yet again 3-6-10. Huge, frothy, rocky, lasting white head. Hazy golden body. Big aroma of lemon, coriander, clove, flowers, toasted grain, mustiness, baind-aid and straw. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter and very dry just as you should expect from a great saison. The bitterness is long lasting. Peppery taste with notes of lemon and herbs. Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. Complex aroma is eclipsed by the interplay between yeast and hops. My appreciation for this beer has grown immensely the more beers of all styles I try, especially saisons. Iíve now had this beer numerous times, on tap and from bottles. It has disappointed a couple of times, but only because what was served was old. Recently, I had a bottle as fresh as I have ever had it. The balance between the bitterness and the subtle flavors and aromas was perfect. And the bitterness was appreciably more than I have had it before. This beer is as good as it gets.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 750 ml Bottle: Honey colored pour with a tall, frothy head that settles into a creamy cap. The nose is lightly fruity - apple and pear with undertones of oaky vanilla, coriander honey malts, cereal and graham cracker. Medium bodied with a lush, creamy mouthfeel. The body is loaded with sweet, bready malts, bursting with more honey glazed fruit and vanilla. The finish is slightly bitter, yet comfortably dry. Very good.
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Nice hazy light-amber color with small particles moving around the glass. Big, rocky, off-white head long lasting that leaves an excellent lacing, not to continue calling it head :P. Delicious aroma of fruits (some apples)and spice with notes of burnt wood, wheat, flowers and toasted grains. The flavor is overall sweet and spicy, typically Belgian, with a slightly bitter end. Its medium body and lively carbonation make this beer incredibly refreshing. Very, very good :D
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arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
37.5 cl bottle into glass, Bier Circus, Brussels. Since I didnít really have much to eat today, I decided to take it easy on this next one and not try to sample more dope shiz (since Iím kind of tipsy). Also, Iíve never had this, even though itís classic. Itís beautiful to look at: damn fluffy whipped egg head, so persistent; it lasted all the way through at a more-than-dusting thickness. With the head and the almost-opaque murkiness of the yellow-brown body, I expected this to be much thicker; as it was, it was only on the full side of medium bodied. Smell was a woody and yeasty version of buttery gnocchi dough, with some banana and ginger accents. Flavor was...interesting...and challenged by vocabulary for most of half a bottle. Iím still not confident I know how to describe it: there was a slab of uniformity that dominated throughout like sweet butter on sourdough, slightly flabby but with a soft sweetness that also reminded me of meringue. Occasionally defeating this blanket of uniformity was some hop bitter and coriander. Overall, surprisingly bland.
Panzerfaust (781) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JUN 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2007 Bottle at Eurohappy: Pours a cloudy but brilliant amber color with visible particles and a big, thick white head that lasts for long. Whoa! What a lacing!.
Aroma is fruity, estery with notes of vanilla, apple, herbs and spices like cardamom and coriander. Nice hints of pineapple too and some other tropical fruits.
Flavor is sweet and spicy/yeasty. Light with obvious wheat traces. It resembles a more powerful Hoegaarden. Nice and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is of a light Belgian Ale, slightly thicker than water. Carbonation is high but not excessive. Bold finish followed by a good and lingering aftertaste.
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