Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1995 bottle. this has really turned out into a nice lambic and pretty much doenst resemble a saison at all at this point. It is still a really interesting and enjoyable beer though if you like sour beers like lambic. Pours a hazy deep gold with very light carbonation and thin head. Smells very lactic acid sour, with lots of must and some barnyard aromas. Also a good amount of sour and tart fruits in the smell as well as the flavor. Moderate to high lactic levels gives this a nice sourness and ends very tart and mostly dry. Perhaps the use of all the spices somehow contaminated the bottles into becoming sour?
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 bottle. Nose is tart fruits, wheat, yeast, vinous, oak, slight raspberry. Bright and juicy. The first glass was a ruby orange with an off whilte head. Second glass was a significantly darker brown. This stuff glows. Bitter up front, oak, orange, wheat, lemon. This slightly oxidized (doesn’t detract), leather (odd here, but nice.) Highly carbonated, dry finish. Leave me wanting more. Thanks for the tip, Tim!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper. The same hue as apple juice. Very still, a very thin head but none to speak of really. Smells of fruity green apples. Lightly spicy and some funky barnyard aromas.
Tastes very cidery up front. Followed by lots of barnyard flavors. Spicy and sweet, very sweet and then quickly sours and the long brett finish takes over. It’s a bit thin but that doesn’t detract as much as you would think. A lingering sour apple aftertaste. Not too drinkable, alot of flavors and textures to get your head around. Still. enough to be interesting enough for me to try again.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small white head. The bottle comes with the cap/cork combo. However, the cork is a piece of work (appeared half rotten and soaked, broke in three pieces when pierced). Aroma of mustiness, cheese, caramel, apple juice, and citrus. Flavor is sour and malty with some spices. Creamy, astringent finish. Causes some numbness to the tongue and cause palate fatigue.
rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 1995 Golden honey color, light long foamy head, the nose is one of a traditional lambic with tart, winey, vinous and acidity aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate and developping flavors of traditional lambic, but less scharp and aggressive than lambic, but having the same characteristics of this one, being acidic, tart, vinous with a little note of sour apples, fininishing in a beautiful acidity. this beer has improved with the passing years, becoming an excellent alternative to lambic in my caes, dispate the fact of the oakeness aspect being not present in this beer because she is not ageing in oak barrels. Maybe she will have lost the essence of his specificity as a "bière de saison", since her spicy notes of ginger, pepper, coriander and curaçao have completely vanished but to rebourn under a devine elixir. The 95 vintage will have been a grand cru.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1995 "vintage". Golden-amber color with plenty of carbonation. Aroma is very spicy and shows a lot of the ginger along with the yeast and some malt. Flavor is powerful and classic, with ginger once again being the dominant element, followed by orange peel (seems more like tangerine peel), hops and grain. As with most any beer of this style there is a pleasant, crisp, dry tartness that clearly reflects its history. The mellow hops moderate this tart element to a point of pleasantness -- one of the key considerations for any beer of this type. Musty, yeasty, slightly salt-like finish. A nice saison!
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from 1995 joyously shared with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Wisps of cloudy suspended yeast dominate a fiery gold body with very little head...cinnamon, allspice struggle to be smelled amidst musky sour barnyard aromas and old dried citrus fruits...orange-lemon notes at first in the flavor soon replaced by a cider/vinegar character, certainly some oxidation and age but overall the effect is mellow and smooth, a pleasant spring evening..
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a ring of white lace. Very good aroma of spices, yeast and orange. Very good tart and acid flavor of orange, spices and yeast. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very good saison.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woody, bitter orange-citrus, coriander, peppery aroma. Hazy orange-copper with light cover of white head that leaves some lacing. Woody, spicy flavour with mild band-aid phenolics and strong citrus-orange character. Medium body seems somehow still and lifeless despite the fair carbonation. Bottle (1995) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/gold body with a bubbly tan head, highly effervescent. Aroma is lemony and sour, slightly funky, stale. Palate is rather light. but bursting with flavor. Tart and sour dominate, with some basement/musty flavors as well. Finish is sour and dry.