Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours with a slightly cloudy orange body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and floral with a touch of malt, a little pepper and a touch of spice. Medium bodied, numbing on the tongue and a touch warming. StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Unhinged the coil clamp, cork pops off and we’re ready to party. In the glass, it’s a beautiful hazy brownish-orange with a foamy tan, 1/2" thick head, leaving some of the most attractive lacing known to man. Aroma entices with pepper, orange rind, sweet and sour apricots, sage, perfume and tart grapes. Flavor begins as subtle and reserved, and then the complexities introduce themselves. Mild oranges suffice for any souring compound that might have been predicated in the nose. Cinnamon, peppered yeast phenols and orange crème flavoring is so cohesively melded that pointing out individual characteristics is futile. Herbal intersections countermand mildly spicy hops. Effervescent, light and appreciatively creamy at times. Finishes like orange blossom muffins. A top notch saison. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
I must say, I wasn’t too thrilled with the aroma of this Saison from start to finish. It’s musty and dirty like a Chicago basement after a heavy rain. There’s some tartness and yeastiness and old moldy fruit, but mainly it’s basement. Looks nice, a hazy gold with a fizzy, living head that was too busy erupting to do much lacing. Tart on the tongue, it’s got some nice juicy fruit tastes atop some soggy Wheaties with a squirt of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, and a handful of dust. The finish is tart, dirty, and leaves the mouth watering... whether that be for more or an attempt to fight infection, I’m not sure.BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2005
I’m glad I looked at this ale’s page before going to drink and am indebted to BBB63’s warning, which probably saved my vision from that missile made of cork.
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750ml corked bottle (2002) served in my NB Worthy glass:TBone (18565) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
A slightly hazy orangy hue with small floaties and a initial HUGE frothy head whoch does slowly fade and okay lace. WARNING: Bottle cork may be dangerous to your guests and it produces a gusher! The aroma has notes of apple, starfruit, musty and cellar yeast esters, a bit of woody notes, and some light peppery spice. The taste starts with a nice twangy fruit and undertones of wheat and pale malt. Additional notes of clove, white pepper, and orange zest add some depth. Followed by a sublime flowery presence that makes it more a summer brew than a winter IMO. Palate feel is lively (perhaps too much) and refreshing. Nice zing every once in a while. An interesting beer that most people would have like to try more of instead of cleaning up the messy counter. I dig everything else about this beer.
Bottled vintage 2004 37,5cl
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Pink-orange color, lively CO2, good off-white head. Earthy nose with mould, licorice and fruits. Also flavor is earthy: wood, tannins. I can even imagine cow webs there. Some grapes are to balance.Dry, oaky and a bit spicey aftertaste. Certainly "biere artisanale"!
750 ml bottle - Poured deep amber with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma was fruity with notes of apples and dough. Some floral hints in the aroma as well. Flavor included apples, bread, spice, some barnyard mustyness. Very complex flavor. On the palate this is highly carbonated and almost fluffy. Quite a tasty drink and definitely an adventure for the tastebuds. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2005
75cl bottle...dated BB 12/07, so maybe this is a 2002 bottling. Incredible foamer. quite messy. The appearance score basically reflects how badly I wanted to drink this...such a messy pour, foaming all over the glasses, chunks of yeast everywhere...bottle just keeps frothing...I’m not sure that it looked "pretty" or anything...but it certainly begged me to drink it! Huge aroma of spices, barnyard, woodiness, cocoa powder, ect...drinks dry, with an occasionally distracting phenol showing up...not really sour, but leaning that way at times...the beer changes from glass to glass and drink to drink. Very distinct and complex...I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece, but it is very solid... Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy orange/gold with a thin head. Aromas are sweet farmhouse. Taste is nicely bitter with some funky tangerine, yeast and sweet candi sugars. There’s some sweet apples along with cloves to balance it out. I really like the way all of the spices blend together. A really nice saison. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a hazy orange color with a lot of floaties and a medium offwhite head. Intriguing aroma of spices and yeast. Flavor of spices and yeast, it’s acid and citric too. The body is light with a creamy texture and a very strong carbonation. I have mized feelings about this one, some elements are really interesting but the citric flavor isn’t something I appreciate in a saison. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 2005. Amber/brown with a huge, airy, foamy, tan head. Nose of plants, spicy yeast, earthy funk, very subtle caramel sweetness, and a rug recently removed from a head shop. Flavor adds some anise-like herbalness, pepper, crisply bitter and earthy hops, some dried fruit, and a dry, yeasty, vegetal finish. A bit of vanilla and roasty malt creep in the aftertaste. Medium palate is soft with plenty of carbonation at the same time. Great brew. Like to try one with about a decade under its belt.