joet (2607) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Nice example of the saison and most akin for me to Saison de Papaix. Full cologne-type aroma -- leather and light musk - with, slightly apricoty and heather edges. Big white sticky foam, more bitter than most Belgians and with a bitter/tart grapefruit finish. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 750ml Corked Bottle. Golden color, could pass for a pils by color. Well mix of fruit and sourness on the aroma. Flavor is complex, sour apples, pineapple, tart grapes. Soft mouthfeel, well carbonated. Finish is sweet and sour. Fantastic beer. Many Thanks to TAR. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 750 corked bottle: Golden with a nice,creamy head.Constant carbonation.Fresh aroma. Hoppy,fruity,malt,lightly sour&leathery. Soft mouthfeel,soft carbonation,becomes chewy as it warms.Great malty flavors,followed with huge woody,earthy hop flavors.Aroma starts to suck you in as it warms.Finish is hoppy(spicy,grass)with a bit of sweetness and yeast.Develops excellent balance as it warms and remains very drinkable and satisfying. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Mild, earthy and vinous tones in this beer. Crisp, refreshing and full-flavored...a hint of grapefruit as well as. Nice head on a slightly cloudy yellowish body. Perfectly balanced hoppy finish. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Pale gold with a slight copper tint - musty, cellared aroma, with earthy notes, and a slight alcohol presence - flavor is tart up front, with some mellow fruit flavor and sweetness making an appearance, mostly white grapes - this makes way for a slight alcohol flavor, tiny malt presence, and lots of earthy, grainy, grassy flavors leading into the crisp, slightly peppery finish, along with the reappearance of a slight tartness - quite a bit of hops in the finish as well - this is clean and quenching - great for a warm spring or summer evening.
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2003 Revision from latest, much fresher vintage: Clear lemon hue. Gleaming white blooming foam. Zippy, metallic aroma of flowers, cilantro, grass, perfume, flagship juicy Styrians, mashed white grape, mint, yeast, and a dash of ginger and peppery alcohol. Softened phenol, hay, and leather notes. Assertively dry-hopped. Daintily fluffy body quickly becoming creamy and round. Grassy flavors are followed by honey, perfume, medicine, leather, rounded tangerine skin notes, lemon, and a gentle herbal bitterness. Only a trace of pale malt. Gingerly spicy. Cleans up with a touch of acidity, tea and grassy notes alongside a softer phenolic, chalky backdrop. A fuller body, less estery, yeasty aroma, and more funky pale malt to assist the acidity, and delicate bitterness would separate this shining example from any in its class. Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2001
Herbal, soft maltiness/yeastiness; slightly tart finish; earthy, orangey. A step away from greatness.