Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"This ALE has been brewed in 04/1995, bottled in Sept. 1995 and stored in our cellar, When you get it, put it back in a cellar for some days or better weeks (like an old wine). You should a begin of wine porto taste. Enjoy it!"
Quoted verbatim from a label fixed on the bottle’s neck. This was purchased in June of 2004, and spent 3 months in my closet, and several days in the fridge. I’m looking forward to enjoying it, and that begin of wine porto taste! Let’s let’s crack at it!
POP! And out it goes, a golden/ orangey hue, with a slim white head...in the nose, it’s tart, yet sweet, there’s the straw, there’s the must, this is the saison in full character, with a citric force, and a twist of spice, to boot. This is alive, and very lovely.
Oooo, the pucker in the taste, then a lull and it’s mellow, and just a touch sweet, full of fruit, lemon and orange, tangible texture, gripping the tongue and lips. Full-bodied, for the style, with a magnificent mouthfeel, lemon peels and orange zest swimming on the palate, sparking everywhere in the mouth. Gotta say, though, 9 years in and there’s no "wine porto" character, but what we do have is a really tasty saison, well worth the $9.89 I spent on the bottle.
I’d go for another, assuredly.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1995 Hazy orange with very little head.
Earthy, sour aroma which reminded me
more of a geuze than a saison. Initial flavor was metallic, followed by a nice
tart, earthy flavor. Metallic flavor went away after a couple of sips. Finish was bone dry.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1996 bottle. Beautiful orange color. No head. Aroma is an odd mix of sour vegetables. Spices are immediately noticeable in the flavor, followed by a sour, acidic, quite dry finish. Interesting and complex, but not my favorite style.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
2.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
1995 vintage. Deep golden bronze. Aromas of soft barnyard with a mention of vanillas. Nice delicate sourness a sweet citrus fruit body quickly disappears but is nice while it lasts. Huge metallic aftertaste shows up ~5min after a sip and really doesn’t go away. Kinda ruins the beer for me.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1995 vintage. Brilliant golden orange, viscous, with little or no head. Sour Funk, wood, lemon, old honey, and faint vanilla. Sour med to light weight with a lingering mettallic finish. Wood, funk, honey on the back end and lemon. The mettallic notes were hard to ignore and while interesting I don’t think I need another. Maybe a fresher sample would be nice!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding beer with nice amber-orange color and good fluffy -airy froth. Fine complex pepper aroma’s with vegetal accent. small hint of pastis (Ricard) and loads of freshness in the nose. The taste is original with a sour touch. It ends with a well balanced sour bitterness.
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle, about 4 years old
Beautiful (cloudy) orange-amber color; big head. Very good; maybe too dry and a bit thin at the end because of the age, but well spicy, both the aroma and taste (coriander and most of all white pepper).
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This really put me off. Amber with a champagne head. Aroma was sweet and cidery. Smooth and thin in the mouth. The flavor was simply awful. Bitter, metallic notes, unpleasant.
CapFlu (5111) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) 2000 Vintage. Purchased at the Party Source in Syracuse, NY. Much like a horse out of the gates - explosive! Poured a huge, foamy head and a cloudy, hyper-carbonated body. Nose of yeast, sour apples and vinegar. The flavour is terribly acidic - sour apples meet tonic water. Not to my liking but definitely a leader among saison.
heemer77 (5333) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I guess I had a slightly older bottle. Poured a cloudy light brown and red color with lots of sediment. Also had a very thin head. Aroma of hay, sour apples and dry champagne. The taste is very tart. Lots of vinegar and a raspberry finish. The aftertaste is similar to bad apple cider. This is just a little too sour for my tastes, but would probably please anyone that is a fan of geuzes.