Strykzone (7254) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a head that could be described as explosive in that it rapidly expands and takes over the glass. Color of the foam is kind of like that of marmalade. The beer is a nice honey orange with plenty of carbonation. This took some patiece because of the time it took for the head to subside. First taste was maximum fruit and some bitter hops. It is an interesting mix of sweet caramel, raisen, and bitter hop. some late zing is felt in the back of the tongue. There is some grassiness in both the taste and the aroma. This is proving to be one of those beers that give the impression that multiple samples would bring multiple flavors. You have got to love a beer like that. Finish begins to introduce citrus flavors. Enjoyable!
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This offering from Two Brothers pours a dark maroon that has some yeast floating around the body, leaving a tan lace that floats on the top of the beer. The aroma is plum, dates, figs, prune lots of "stone fruit" are present in this saison. There is a sweetness to the body (sugary prune juice). The taste is hoppy, starts off with watery plum fruit juice feel, it has a malty background that reminds me of grape juice. The finish is a suttle hop bitter aftertaste with a somewhat floural watery mouthfeel. Pretty decent overall, I love the different flavor for this saison.
Nejhleader (1542) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a sweet alomst honey type aroma, colour is a orangish haze. flavor is sweet/ honey, a bit citrusy. Almost a cider element to it.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Totally clear golden-amber, tiny white head. Not too inspiring to start with. Worse, poorly extracted pils malt generates corny DMS that dulls out the perfumey, fruity, honeyed nose. Lasting fruity flavours are accompanied by unpleasant ascorbic acids, potatoes vegetal flavours and limited tartness. Flat, very watery and highly processed palate. A real shame this, I had been looking for this beer for over a year and it’s a trainwreck in this condition (filtered 12oz) and I’m not gonna be making big efforts to look for other issues.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a sweet aroma, with a yeasty,malty flavor. lots of earthy flavors in this too. well, not lots, it’s pretty simple, but earthy nontheless. I could take it or leave it.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle] Kind of one-dimensional. Sweet aroma, sweet flavors. Not too much yeast or malt presence. Still, this is nice.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber in color with a little head. Malty aroma. Not much to say. Malty flavor. Thin. Ok.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a sma head. Aroma is mostly malty. Taste is just dissapointing thou with just the flavor of malty soda water. Some yeastiness but not much at all.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy bronze body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of caramel, florals, and toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, and toffee with a dry finish.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber-gold with a bare hint of haze, thin white head with little retention or lacing. Aroma is grassy sour, appropriate to the style but not as spicy as more succulent versions of the style. Flavor is grassy, grainy, slightly sour, caramel, and a bit thin. Pleasantly smooth palate, medium mouthfeel. Basically to style but nothing separates it from mid-pack.
Same basic characteristics as bottle version but with fuller head and sour almost to the point of being unpleasant. Definitely prefer the bottle version, though I’d do just as well to skip both in the future.