DanielBrown (4037) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester. Fantastic, class beer. Superbly balanced - refreshing and full bodied. Fresh German wheat taste, with some fruit and Belgian style wit too. Dry, tart aroma, with some cider. Bright, pale orange appearance - cloudy and hazy. Slimline but persistent white fluffy head, with some gloopy lacing. Some dryness in the finish, crisply contrasting with previosu smooth fruit. Prickled top of mouth and left a lingering spicy tongue.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 2003 bottle. Pale gold colour, clear with amazing fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy and a little bit phenolic. Initial light-struck character dissipates quickly. After smelling it initially I didnít think Iíd like it much and the first taste didnít impress me all that much either. But it really grew on me. Really quite dry and fizzy in the mouth, starts with a whisper of malt but then develops a dry, stony, soda water character then a light bitterness (kind of reminded me of Orval). I think I initially expected something a bit bigger and bolder and didnít appreciate the subtlety of the beer (I would call it elegant) but I still canít get past the feeling that it was just a touch watery.
RR: Geez itís good to be able to get something like this in Australia now. Great combination of fresh, grassy, polystyreney (in a good way) hops and tropical fruit yeast notes. Great firm body with lean pils malt and assertive hop flavour and bitterness. Like it a lot.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 2003 Bottling, Sampled June 2004
The aroma is lemony, sharp, and musty all at the same time. It is very well carbonated and just dances around as it effervesces on my tongue. The taste is lightly sweet, yet is quite dry in the finish. This is definitely well hopped as it has a nice balancing bitterness in the finish. The taste has some light lemon notes as well hints of ginger, and herbs. The beer is really quite dry, despite the sweetness that I detected early on. This beer is light and refreshing, yet complex and interesting. This is just a great beer, and one of my favorite styles right now.
2003 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
It is very well carbonated as the cork just explodes from the bottle with only a little prompting. This beer is a hazy orange yellow colored brew, which, is topped by a prodigious white head. The head is long lasting and turns to a cratered rocky surface over time. As I pour I get a strong light struck character in the aroma. The main aroma in the glass is of grain. The light struck character is, thankfully, quite muted in the taste. The beer has a sharp grassy-grain character to it, which is quite good and make me think of a nice hay field in Belgium. There is a slight sweetness and a balancing bitter hop finish. It is a fairly dry beer overall, and has very little fruitiness to it. The middle of this beer has a certain sharp spiciness to it. Overall, though this beer is fairly mellow, the flavors are well integrated and flow one into the other. I like this beer; a quality, good farm-house beer.
motelpogo (7173) - 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 (567) - 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 (Iíd 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 Iíd 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.