beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Color is medium copper, head quickly dissipates into small random ovals of roundish foam. Mmm, must mean lots of yeasty beasties. Smell is strong, sweet, redolent of spices like allspice and clove, and it gets stronger as it warms up in my big-mouthed glass. Tastes milder than it smells, but still sweet, medium bodied, with a refreshing bitterness on the finish. Good amount of carbonation. Not an extreme beer, but a very good beer. Got it for $9/four pack at Trader Joe’s (it’s about $10 at Whole Foods). Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Clear deep amber pour with a light off-white head. Aroma was wonderfully decadent... with lighter fruits (pears & grapes), spices (including white pepper), and an intriguing bready yeast. Well-carbonated on the palate, and coated the mouth quite nicely. Finish was rather long, and carried through floral hops and some spices. Flavor picked up the bready yeast, some spices, and some fruit, but was not nearly as exciting as the aroma (yet it was still quite good). I’ll definitely have to pick up some more of these! PhillyBeer2112 (2958) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Orangey and hazy, with a foamy large bubbled head. Aroma has a good dose of brett, spicy, wet leather, banana, wet hay. Rounded and sweet up front with a touch of yeasty bite, a mild earthiness, spicy finish with a medium bitterness. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Looks picture perfect on the pour, amber colored, frothy white head. Aroma is fruity bananas maybe melons and yeast. Moderately sweet. Odd tasting finish, with a slight dryness. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Thanks John. This beer pours to a clean copper color with a white head. The aroma is bananas, wheat, clean and nice. The flavor is nce. Light spiciness with a clean wheat and banana flavor. Very smooth flavor. The palate is light and slick.
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Clear gold in color with numerous bubbles breaking at the surface. Somewhat starchy aroma joined with cloves, anise and chamomile. Pepper and anise come out to play for the flavor portion, joining some rind, muted plantains, and an undecipherable yeasty muskiness. A decent beer, but quite a smorgasbord of elements in its present condition. Thanks for sharing this, JPDIPSO! MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled on 7-27-05
Shared by John (thanks)
Pours a light brown color w/ a small bubbled white head and visable carbonation. Sweet malt and yeast aroma w/ a light buttered bread dough aroma. Palate is smooth and well coated but not overly thick. Flavor is very light buttered bread dough and yeast w/ a finish of a light carmel. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2005
12oz. bottle served up, perhaps obviously, in an Orval chalice, and, to my surprise, this is one of the freshest bottled beers I’ve ever sampled with a bottling date of July 27 of this year (15 days ago). Unique and mellow aroma, spicy and fruity with undertones of white grape, cider, tangerine, pepper, leafy, herbal hops and very faint suggestions of candle wax, leather and old leaves. Impressive coppery golden color, mostly clear, with a mostly lasting, fine, uneven head and thin, delicate lacing. Flavor profile is mildly sweet to start, lightly doughy and malty, becoming more fruity and spicy before the dry, peppery, lightly bitter and dry finish. Rather mild in character, overall. Smoothly effervescent palate, mouthfeel is very lightly winey, body is medium. One can certainly note the presence of the Orval yeast strain here and it is not unwelcome. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
2005 bottling I believe. Great looking beer. Clear, deep golden/copper, with a small frothy head. Plentiful carbonation. Fruity aroma, banana pudding/bread, as well as peach or melon (or something). There are also some candy like scents such as marshmallow or nugget or something in that vein. The flavor was very light and appealing. The fruit flavors reminded me of apple and banana skin, as well as the presence of spicy pepper and cardamom (maybe). Good. The body was lightly creamy with hints of bitter astringency. Good flavor combinations, not stereotypical of any Belgian I’ve had before. Happy to have it again. JPDIPSO (6320) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottled 27 July 05. Very dark, clear golden color with a hugh lasting Beige head with a heavy sheet of lace. Light malt and clean honey aromas, surrounded by a field of fresh cut clover. Hints of pineapple and a distinct belgian yeast profile. Reminds me of a fresh t IJ Jaars in aroma. Immediate reaction was that this is a saison triple, but there are many other things going on in this one. Light sweet malt hits the tongue, that is balanced quite well with a strong dry hops flavor. Very dry on the palate, with a a lot of carbonation that nearly bites. Fairly simple in flavor, but the yeast does show itself with a dose of mild spice in the linger along with the hops. I think this will do better with a touch of age on the bottle to meld things together. But quite drinkable now.