2007 Vintage, Updated Review 02/09
VERY similar (almost identical) experience as detailed below. I don’t dislike this beer, but I must admit I don’t quite understand it.
Original Review 02/08
12oz single, thanks to Mikesgroove for this little gift! 07/27/05 dot-matrixed on the rear label as the bottling date, Batch #? 0850, and the label claims the “Flavor will continue to develop over five years” – plenty of time then.
Big foamer. Poured into a regular wine glass, the carbonation remains huge on top of the cloudy, golden body.
Whatever has happen to this beer since it was bottled, it now appears to have turned into a funky Saison. Lots of peppery notes with tart lemon and cider (scrumpy) tang. Some aniseed type flavor. This is just about at the extremity of what I would call a Belgian Pale simply because of the funk.
Mouthfeel is a little light with a mildly acidic aftertaste. The funky taste grows on you.
Interesting beer that I would have liked to have tasted fresh, just for the comparison, but also to see if this was less funky at the outset.
Not really what I was expecting.