SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy gold with a large white effervescent head. crisp, herbal hop aroma. flavor is herbal, mint, fresh hops, ginger, lemon. a very unique hop profile with this brewery. i really enjoyed the "xxtra" from them as well. a real treat on a sunday night.
bhensonb (14613) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6.0% bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Aroma of yeast, citrus and light spice. Hazy orange gold color with lots of tiny bubbles and a quite huge white head. Medium body with quite creamy carbonation. A bit of mild earthiness, some caramel, some veg, some floral hop, some not so spicy yeast. It tends to drop into a dry state with herb/floral notes. It suddenly resolves into a dry fruitiness. It’s really good; really special; really hard to describe accurately. If you like real ale, I doubt you’ll regret having this one. The aroma persists from sip to sip. A trip.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint bottle pours a massive 2 inch off-white head that just won’t go away. A dark orange-gold body churns with carbonation and multiple brown flakes. Lacing is elusive yet cloying. Aroma is hard to discern from Belgian Strong styles: grains, yeasty funk, soap, subtle citrus. Tastes are similar with alcohol upfront. Overly-carbonated and medium/full bodied. Crisp aftertaste with a slight boozy mouthfeel. Not bad.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Upon opening, the 750ml bottle, the beer exploded like Krakatau, this produced a huge sticky mess all over my desk, as I poured the beer, it created a astronomic frothy white head that took up half the glass, took several minutes to get the glass full. Slowly, ever so slowly it vanished leaving a nice golden body, with the lace a thin patchy sheet, nose has a sweet malt tone, hints of wet horse blanket, citrus like crispness. Front has a sweet and sour taste, some bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish is dynamically acidic the hops controlled, very dry lingering aftertaste, “Saison’s”, rank high on my list of great beer styles.
JoeinDahlem (1475) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Brassigaume fest. Cloudy, bright yellow with lovely, fluffy, white head. Smells grainy and a little sweet. Hearty, bready flavor, with a nice dusting of hops and a dry finish. Very lively MF. Overall, incredibly balanced, bitter without going overboard, dry and refreshing. Reminiscent of a great saison, and nearly flawless. Loved it.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle at GBBF. Very over carbed dull blonde. Sweet and spicy, bitter finish. Yadda yadda yadda.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL, 6%abv, estimated age is around 8 months old, consumed on 7/19/07. Bottle opens with a pop and surging foam, fuck where did I put my glass, oops little bit of foam on the floor, holy overcarbonated mess batman!! After the initial shock wares off, the abundant foam subsides into a pale hazy, whoa, slightly chunky, are those sea monkeys? Nevermind. Huge stark white foam with nice stickiness. Aroma is full of tropical fruits with some spicy undertones. Flavor is something akin to pureed granny smith apples. Crap, the second pour evolves into a catastrophic eruption of foamy goodness all over my damn desk. Yep, french waterfall onto the floor, hope the dogs like apples. Damn sea monkeys are taunting me now. I remember this beer being better about 6 months ago, but damn if I was a non-rating SOB then, so ptthhht.
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml 6.0%-Slight hazy blond with a huge white head almost overly carbonated or bad. Aroma of hops and yeast. Taste of hop, fruit, and citrus. Nice tasting brew.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a hazy blonde with frantic carbonation leading to a huge frothy white head. It settles down to deliver an aroma and taste of fruit, spices and bread. It’s nicely hopped at the finish and the palate is spot on. Definitely worth savouring. My thanks to my friend Camille for supplying me with this :)
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy Mandarin Color withe White Frothy Head. a Ton of Carbonation. Suspect Bottle Got Hot at Some Point. Fruity and Yeasty Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel. Nice and Sweet. Yeasty, Light Spice/Herbs...Nice Ctirus Fruit Notes...Dry Yeast Aftertaste.