Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
yeasty, spicy, very light yellow in color,sweet and fruity, refreshing
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - SEP 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity and spicy nose, like apple pie. Hazy pale orange color. Very fizzy and a quick head. Lemony and citrusy with a real bitter, dry end. Gritty mouth feel and medium body. Wierd that the nose is so sweet but the taste is very bitter.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma with apple-, banana-, yeast- and cinnamon-notes. Hazy pale Orange body with a little head. Bitter grapefruity finish that makes the other flavors unidentifiable. Very dry and bitter. Suprisingly flavor with this aroma. I didn’t expect this bitterness!
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 750ml 2011 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, lemon peel, gum, mint, hint of sulfur. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This is probably the best vintage since the amazing 2006. Bright and beautiful nose, and the usual excellent balance and cleanliness. There are definitely great variations of this iconic beer out there, but it’s nice to know this one can still kick most of their asses in a good year.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour, big creamy head. Sweet aroma of malt, white sugar, old hop. Dry-bitter mouth, astringent, oak cask flavour. Dry, strong palate.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful fluffy white head. Straw yellow with lots of suspended yeast dancing through bubbles. The flavor is slightly acidic and very refreshing. With the acidity and the carbonation ... this is reminiscent of champaigne. Very drinkable brew and perfect for a 90 degree indian summer day.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yellow colored with suspended yeast particles topped with a thick, creamy, white, long-lasting head. Yeasty, citrusy aroma. Spicy, earthy, grassy, yeasty taste with a dry tangy finish. A little too light bodied for my preference, but a very crisp and refreshing beer, especially on a hot summer day.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cidery, grassy and smooth. Dry finish. A classic example of a saison.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy, spicy and dry notes dominate. Balances well but falls behind Pipaix.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 Rerate: Oh, my goodness did underestimate this one, at 3.3 early on. This is the real deal, a more herbal type saison, with far less sweetness than I originally thought. Wispy, yet full. With excellent licheny sediments. Recommended. Original: My first Saison. Hmmmm...huge head, golden color, very spicy aroma. I’ve seen something like this before. Then, cotton candy aroma wafts in...I swear it is as sweet as the devil! Weird! I guess it is pretty dry, yet still quite sweet/spicy. I see the comparison to the Dulle Teve 10, I guess, now that my eyes are opened. Hmmmm...a horse of a moderately different color. Trippel-ly, but not. Seems to be made very nicely. Addition: Seems a bit spoiled...pretty freaky and I took a nice long time with it.