StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Tap @ GTMW, and bottle shared with Tom (the brewer) at Lake Louie. Totally transparent gold (draft) / mildly hazy (bottle) with a creamy, foamy white head. Starchy and lemon-laden aroma, cleansing dryer sheets, cloves and pepper. Flavor is initially dwarfed by effervescence. As the bubbles back down, we’re left with a pale lemon concoction, cloves and pepper for dimension, and a staunch pils complexion for malt support. Pepper and ginger ring on the backend, finishing with a sweet lemonhead and clover aftertaste. tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Growler: Pours murky, opaque, but without any floaties, colored like dried alfalfa hay. Small, soapy head. Lots of coriander and orange in the aroma with a hint of cloves. A little musty, horseblanket...but all-in-all more like a witbier in aroma. Taste is sharp, yeasty, spicy. Black pepper, bitter citrus, and some tartness. Fairly dry. This all tastes much more like a saison. Wonderfully refreshing as well. A damn good, zesty, drinkable farmhouse ale that fits in no defined category.Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2005
2006, bottle: This year’s release is as good as or better than last years... Seems like it’s a witbier with some funk and pepper added....whatever this beer is, pick this up and try it while you can! You don’t often see stuff like this made in the area. Much better than the Great Dane’s various seasonal attempts at Belgians.
This beer isn’t cloudy, it’s solid. Taste is fruity, with plenty of yeast and spice. Notes include black pepper, curry, cumin, pear, apple, lemon, bread dough, and cloves. Not very sweet, and not quite sour. Most dominate taste is spice. Mouthfel is thick and gritty. Seasoned pulp, almost. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2005
From a growler. Aroma of citrus with a wheat twang. Cloudy, browinsh yellow in color with a small white head. Flavors like a wheat but with some twists: cloves, coriander, citrus, some black pepper and very little barnyard. Nice refreshing palate. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Growler: Fuzzy yellow hay, patch, phlegm-like layer of head…full fruity & flowery aroma: rose petals, honey and sweet buttery toast. Smooth, incredibly even palate – simple in its complexity…Silky grain flavours wrapped up in honey, herbs and wet barnyard…more farmhouse style ales should be like this one: not trying to do anything fancy or crazy, just tasty…
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Clear golden yellow with a thin, white head. Slighty sweet and fruity with an underlying subtle spice character. Lemons, oranges, melon, ginger, clove, banana, pepper, star anise and likely others. The body is fairly light and quite refreshing, as would be expected for a summer ale. Spicy and fruity at the same time, united by a moderate sweetness. At the very end, there is a nice bitterness that keeps things interesting. Not as funky as I would enjoy, but still flavorful and refreshing. Cool. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Cloudy dirty peach color with a moderate lid of small bright-white bubbles. Light fruit nose. Aromas of peaches, light plum, hints of orange and white pepper. Very light, but pleasant bouquet. Light coriander flavors mingle with the light fruit. and mildly spicy finish. Perhaps a bit to timid in areas, but considering where this is brewed a great effort. Enough spice to take it out of the wit, to light for a triple, not quite strong enough for a saison, but a really good quaff of a hot muggy day. booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Mmmm. Nicely done--not as sour as a typical saison. Kind of a cross between a witbier and a saison, really.