motelpogo (6126) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
went particularly well with eczematic's altbier-stewed moroccan lamb shanks. tinge of green, aroma of dandelions, sugar water and white grapes. oddly bitter - like lemon barley lollies in grapefruit juice. some black pepper, lime and dettol, just so much going on. here's hoping the yeast will make some good batches of home brew
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This a style I have yet to fully appreciate, sweet and tart flavours, some citrus and mild funk. Finishes cleanly but I just don't groove on it.
The Etruscan (480) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
White large long lasting thin head.Orange-honey color. Aroma is floral, hoppy with citrus botes. Aroma is initially moderately fruity, turning soon in a hoppy taste with floral and herbal tones. Finish is moderately bitter and fresh. Medium bodied.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 Body is a bit hazy with a nice orange/yellow color. Head is tall and creamy. Has a sweet citrusy lemon flavor, but not too sweet (I’d say perfectly balanced). Finishes more bitter, but is very pleasant nonetheless. Overall, very good and crisp. Lots of bubbles. 7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17
Update 11/23/2006 - Now that my tastes have matured, I can pick out the nice spicy fruit, and I’d say it is not too lemony. Very yeasty and a little dry. It was a 2006 bottle so a bit fresh. I wonder what that other bottle was?
Drinking a 2005 bottle right now. Very good. Subdued, not dry, more similar to a biere de garde like Jenlain. Spices are interwoven with a earthy sweet hop. Good stuff. Time to stock up!
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 (1456) - 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.