Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Honey everywhere. Then, grapefruit and orange peel everywhere. Then they mix with some great hops and viola: a winner. And let’s not forget about the wonderful yeastiness throughout! larsga (7627) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2006
Huge, white head leaving coarse lace; deep copper body with ongoing carbonation. Deep aroma of citrusy hops (cascade?!?) and fruity yeast notes; also detectable are resin/pine notes. Bitter, malty taste with slightly oily mouthfeel. Grapefruity bitterness. Not much body. Vert good, but could do with more body. Quite refreshing. (Beginning to suspect that Biere de Garde and Saison are just not my beer styles.) Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Hazy blonde with a creamy white head. Fresh hops in aroma with citrus and light coriander. Rich malt and wheat in mouth, with intense fresh hops and light grapefruits. A mix of belgian strong and IPA. Good medium bodied. 7-4-8-3-15diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2005
Hazy blonde ale with a thick creamy white head. Floral hops and coriander in aroma, with herbs and weeds in aroma, like a summer field. In mout a vblend of IPA with a Saison, with herbal hops, clover field, medium bodied, at the Mondiale, June 2006. 8-4-8-3-15
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 <i>Bottle</i>JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
Orange to amber hazy body. White, rocky/frothy head. Nice looks: big head and nice colour. Aroma of citrus, hops, orange, caramel, ... with clear stress on citric compounds. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Moderately bitter finish. Flavour of hops (cascade) and anise. The bitterness is quite dry and balances of the edge of being pleasant. So nice beer, but maybe the bitterness should be a tad less tart
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Drank under the name of Cuvée du 4ième Anniversaire which was its near identical predecessor.
Hazy golden beer with orange shine, well carbonated; whipped-cream like head, irregular. Superb fine hops nose, combined with honey, honingbollen and nectar-laden blossoms. Phenomenal combination. Again honey, with a very hop-bitter finish. Superb balance, superb combination. Some citrus (hoppy ), tad metallic. Light, superb session beer. WOW! This is pure genius. MORE! More, please, Grégory...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Pours with a pale yellow body topped by a thick, creamy head with lots of lacing. It’s sweet and yeasty with a light fruitiness, a light floral note and a little grassiness. Light to medium bodied and dry. zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Not sure if i should be thanking DarkElf or cquiroga for this one... pours a light yellow/golden color with a decent sized head and lots of lacing that remained on the glass. aroma is citrusy (almost fruity) with grassy and floral undertones. Flavor is light w/ slight fruit undertones and hints of grass and some spices. I really enjoyed this beer!
egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Poured a lightly hazy, golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, yeast, spices, and faint floral hoppiness in the background. Taste of orange peel, citrus, grassy hops, yeast, and some spices, which was very well balanced, leading to a crisp mouthfeel. really nice Belgian Ale. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2005
I hate rating after TAR, it feels like I should just say "what he said, kinda with a lower rating". Anyway, I had this on tap at the Dilly Deli with TAR, MAP and JCW. Had no idea what a special treat I was getting at the time. Cloudy with a disappearing billowy head. Tons of sharp lemon, orange peel and yeast. A lot of dense, bright and crisp hop flavor but nothing that screams IPA. Definitely refined in every aspect. Slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Lasting herbal and doughy finish with echoes of orange essence. Tasty. TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Draft: Deep golden. Thin film of head yields abundant white lace. Tantalizing scents of perfumey hops, lemon zest, lavender, fennel, and white pepper. Semi-prickly carbonation, but richly creamy and soft. Rustically flavored, charged with an herbal-laced sharpness, yet pillow-soft with yeast, mandarin oranges, and toasted dough. Peach fuzz bitterness gently scrapes the tongue and accentuates the dryness. Sassy yeast character displays some mustiness and a hint of bubblegum, but the doughy aspects are much more evident, which film the tongue and highlight the peppery hop sting. Dry, rife with spicy phenols, and highly appetizing as a result. Very little brett, however. Possesses just enough fruitiness to deepen the body’s hardness. Dry finish with an equal dose of lavender and white pepper topped with a dainty interplay of spicy hops, sassy yeast spice, and lingering doughy malts. I was hoping for more brett, but the yeast is still plenty herbal and characterful. So fun and uplifting.