Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ever-so-slight golden haze of a body with a thick, fluffy white head. Thick, crazy lace up and down the glass. Interesting, hoppy, slightly spicy nose. Grass, yeasty dough, lemon zest, light coriander or grains of paradise, earthy Noble hop character and a light chalk element that isn’t entire unpleasant. The body is light and crisp with a nice, active effervescence. The flavors are well done and quite tasty. The bitterness is fairly obvious with underlying notes of moist bread, tart fruit and a bit of light spice before the bitterness crisps up near the end. I thought this might be more of a Bière de Garde when I bought it, but the Saison listing is much closer to style. A tasty beer that really picked up after the initial skunky elements were allowed to breathe themselves out. The bitterness and moderate underlying sweetness is quity tasty. An excellent beer.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 05.22.05 750ml bottle thanks to beerslayer at jimmack04 invitational. The popping of the cork brings forth a massive skunk hop lemon zest grass stink stank stunk. Once the glass is under my nose it seems more palatable, but I’m still put off by the room filling aroma. Flavor of raw snow peas and asparagus. Sort of sweet in a wet wheat sort of way. Well, at least there was a theme. Bitter, green, and nasty. Well, it looked pretty in the glass.
20110711 750ml bottle from State Line. Well, I had no idea I had once rated this beautiful beer so poorly. In fact, it’s one of my favorites whenever I can get my mitts on a fresh-ish bottle, such as the one I’m drinking now. Light and airy with stunningly brisk, floral hops and yeast. What a change of opinion, as I had it originally scored at 3-4-4-3-8. Discarding the old numbers entirely and going with my updated score.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Beerslayer. Gold color with a fairly thick white head. Aroma of hops, fresh cut grass and a bit of lemon.
Hoppy, citrus flavor with a small malt backbone. Dry finish.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from beerslayer. Golden and clear in color with a nice white head. Light malt character. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Hoppy citrusy flavor. Fruity tasting. Finish is hoppy. Ok.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Slayer at the Jimmack invitational gathering. Clear, golden, nice white head. Hoppy funky farm house aroma. Light malts with plenty of hop flavor and aroma. Very fruity. Hoppy finish. Light and refreshing.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy orange coloured beer with a thin whitish head. The aroma is very citric with tangerines and lemons noted. The taste is very hoppy and dry with orange notes and is verging on the sour.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005? Bottle at American Flatbread with Muzzlehatch. Popping the cork yields an odd hops aroma of dill pickles. Not heavy on the vinegar or pickle so much as it is heavy on the dill. Fades to a lighter (but still strong) wet cut grass, light cumin and slight rotting grassiness. Like a mix of Styrian Goldings and Northern Brewer. Deep amber body with a white head, large and creamy, mostly dissipating. Hints of grapefruit rind, notes of sawdust. Flavor is Belgian yeast, pils malt and bitter hops. It has some funk to it, but just gets drowned out in the thick honey-cream malt and sharply bitter hops. Bitter and sweet fight for dominance and in the end, it’s just too much of both for me. Though to be fair, it still seems well-made and perhaps is just having problems with being very young. Not the distinct, but yet refined perfuminess of the DeRankeXX and way too heavy handed on the malt sweetness.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Really floral aroma, slight hint of grapes. Palate is initially a touch sweet, but dries out nicely. Soft mouthfeel, lightly yeasty. Bitter earthy tangy hops in the finish. Citrusy. Pleasant.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, shared with ClarkVV at American Flatbread. Cloudy, still gold body with moderate soft diminishing head...sour, yeasty nose, some sharp barnyard notes and orangepeel....very, very sour, grapefruity, a bit of pungent vegetable character, somewhat metallic and burnt-wood-like...intensely bitter, fiery long finish. Seems a bit like a saison crossed with an IPA...interesting but not wholly successful.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big ass fluffy head. Grassy nose with good hops in there. Definitely the hoppiest French beer that I have had yet. Good though. Very nice without beating your head with the hops.