JMerritt (1775) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden colored, massive light-tan rocky head that is long lasting. Very bubbly: bubbles stream from the center long after the pour. Excellent aroma: malty, cobwebs, thick gingerbread, fruitcake. Mmmm mmm. Flavor is amazingly complex, again with ripened fruit, mildly roasted malt, oak. A certain underlying sweet, airy, almost coppery feel. Silky with good carbonation balance. Aftertaste turns slightly sour, but that is the only flaw that I could detect. This stuff is truly phenomenal by my book.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep cpper with billowing head. Caramelly sweet aroma and a goregous hop aroma carried to the nose by by peppery carbonation. Goregously smoooth caramel malt flavor. Deeply bitter with good aromatic hop caracter as well, hallertau and/or styrian goldings??? It has an amazing lingering finish. This is a fantastic biere de garde--utterly world class. Beautifully smooth caramelly maltiness balanced by a profound and deep hoppiness. Fantastic!
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed golden color with a initially large white head that settles to a fluffy inch of suds. Aroma of dry grain, grass and hay. Quite Sec to use a wine term. Very effervescent. Dry grain, with hints of chardonnay. Dry cleansing type finish.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
While it says winter seasonal, I fing this more enjoyable on a warm slightly humid July evening. Clear yellow color with golden reflected highlights. Generous head and small bubbles throughout. Clean pasture smell, much like dusk in the country, with a faint sound of bagpipes cascading through the setting sun. Refreshingly clean and crisp with grass, cider, a touch of alcohol, and sour grapes. After the first glass and the sun has the set, the warming alcohol rises through the chest tasting sweet with the cool night air. An enjoyable, relaxing beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and just a touch spicy. Hay, sweet apples, and light, bitter hops really dominate throughout. Just a touch metallic, but not very distracting. A quality, topnotch brew, but not quite as complex as I anticipated.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fizzy golden with a huge head. Sweet malty aroma and body to suit. Balanced with a light hoppiness and a little alcoholic burn. Well rounded, but over-carbonated in my opinion.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good deal of carbonation with a thick white head and a slightly orange-yellow appearance. Yeasty, musty nose. Slightly metallic and a light sour, tart component as well. This beer improved much as the carbonation settled and the complex subtleties of the beer shone through.
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (2003 version with 8.0% alcohol). Pale reddish amber with rich head. Fruity nose with a hint of cherry. Cloves and other spices like oregano are there, as is toffee and yeast. The mouthfeel is light and lively. The lingering finish is full of toffee, salt and grass. Complex and really pleasant.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color with a big, lingering white head. The aroma is funky and somewhat musty, with touches of hops, fruit, and malts. Medium body with high carbonation, the flavor malty and peppery with a touch of apples. Highly drinkable and very delicious, this is probably the best French beer I have had.