JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruit beer..don’t know, taste like a very good Saison to me. Hazy, orange color with a moderate white head. Aroma is moderately sour, with chardonnay type under tones. Flavor is fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is bubbly almost like Champainge. Finish is moderately dry. Very good beer. Thanks TAR.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2002): Pours with a moderate sized head, with good retention and not much lacing. Body is a hazy yell-brown color. Sharp aromas that are tart, yeasty and smell like grass, grapes, hint of sweet fruit, and wine. Flavors starts with a moderately sour/acidic yeast-sour grape taste that is quite dry. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma. Finishes slightly sweet and tangy, like sour white grape. Leaves a reserved sweet aftertaste in your mouth, much like you get after eating rhubarb pie. I can't decided whether or not I like this beer, but I can certainly say that I've never tried anything exactly like it before. Plan on getting some more and then re-rating. If you're up for something unclassifiable try this beer.
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. 2002 bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs, grass), with notes of pear, honey, peach, clove, licorice, white wine, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. This is a Belgian saison from start to finish, and very Fantome-ish (so much that I drank it from my Fantome glass)...similar to the Printemps from that brewer. A little more restrained and rough around the edges, yes, but remarkably stylish, funky, and enjoyable. Thumbs up.
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange. Full creamy head. Orangey caramel malt aroma, coriander hanging around the sides, but not an actual ingredient? Grapes present but not in a vinous fashion in the nose, but definitely vinous flavor. Surprisingly light palate.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 2002 bottled brew brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 by the BigBadBear63 poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent light yellow brown colored body. The mouthfeel was tinlgy from start to finish while the aroma was that of a simple mild malt hop. It has a mild fruity malty flavor.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jeremy for the hookup, shared with a 12/27 FFF group. Hazy amber hue with small white head and some lace. The aroma is very Belgian, dusty and earthy yeast esters, floral hops, very fruity (apple, berry, grape) nose. The taste is tart and twangy. The grape component is very noticeable upfront. There is a minor hop bitterness and some spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is very dry and lively, crisp, and fresh. Nice effort to brew "outside the box". It would have been even better with more malt backbone however. Worth a one-time taste.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peconic reserve - Belgianish and fairly sour. Very tart. Head faded fast, leaving a winey, dryish beer with too much sourness. Medium malt backbone with no hops to be found. It's as if you dumped a dry chablis into your beer. Tartish aroma that's pleasing, but the taste is too much flemish sour ale, without the balancing sweetness. Moderately complex. Eh.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I noted grape, alcohol and apple in the aroma. The color was a muted gold with a thin white head. I tasted the grape and some apple, it was a little bit cider-like to me. The aftertaste was slightly tart and the mouthfeel was a little bit thick. This was different, but enjoyable.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet (honey), white grape, oak, herbal hoppy. Taste is medium sweet, white grape, oak, light yeast, lighter pepper, finishing light herbal hoppy. Dry, medium acidic finish. Medium body. Some white wine qualities, but definitely a beer.
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
grape and fresh bread, honey?, slightly musty. initially there is a white head with tight and airy bubbles. small head likes to linger around for a bit and eventually leave itself as a sparkling ring around the glass. murky golden body. just sweet enough. fizzy, tart grape. vinous. then finishes nicely, just a hint of fruit and not too dry with a little of some bitterness. i liked it. it's a treat, nothing for everyday, but good anyway. an attempt for a "marriage" between wine and beer. personally, leave wine with wine and beer with beer, but this was good anyway. it's like a white wine merged with a very light ale. the ale "part" has some other complexity i cannot put my finger on. BUT... thanks so much to jeremy (jgb), he was my secret santa... !