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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Saison
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5036) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep golden orange color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of funky east with some orange and other spices. Taste is dry with some floral malt and a long yeasty finish with layer of complexity. Body is a bit light but it doesn’t hurt the beer too much overall. I got too admit that I wasn’t expecting so much from this one and was pleasantly surprised.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 341ml bottle - pours hazy golden orange with a thick, pure white head. Citrusy, spicy aroma, very crisp and welcoming. The flavour is beautiful and much more complex than I would have expected - initial light fruity punch of orange, clove and yeast, followed by an earthy, peppery hit that is quickly followed and finished by a subtle hoppy, refreshing bitterness. This is a beautiful, flavourful Saison that I drank quite a lot of this past summer. Black Oak is a gem, one of our best Ontario brewers.

Update, January 2007 - Just did a back-to-back comparison between this and the Saison Dupont, and this blew it out of the water in terms of robust flavour and aroma. Definitely fruitier and hoppier, and more to my taste than the famous Belgian farmhouse ale. I love this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2605)
- Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bouteille de 341 ml par HogTownHarry. Jaune foncée et mi-brumeuse, bon collet assé épais avec de la dentaile. Bon arome de blé avec de l’agrume et un peu d’épice. Goût de blé assé bien, un peu d’herbe et d’épice qui suit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2006
(draught at Volo) medium amber with small off white head. Mild spice aroma. Flavor is some malt and hops, lots of spice, especially clove, some pepper, and yeast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kipdynamite (11) - CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
A very tasty and refreshing saison on tap (Volo) and in the bottle (purchased at the brewery). Great aroma and a well balanced flavour. Another high quality product from this brewing company.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 341 ml bottle - Pours a hazy orange with a nice thick head which lasts through the entire glass, and leaves some of the thickest lacing I’ve seen. Like Pepto- Bismol in it’s coating action. Aroma of hops, citrus and coriander, also a bit of pepper, all of which are delivered greatly in the taste, along with yeasty and banana notes. A complex, flavourful beer that’s low in alcohol for the style (4.1%), making it an excellent, refreshing summer session ale. I only hope it gets bottled earlier in the summer next year. Beautiful work, Black Oak. Update: had this year’s (2007) version on tap last night at the Magpie, and the beer is even better thanm last year! More pronounced coriander (but still subtle and well integrated) and a fuller body. More wheat malt as well. Beautiful, beautiful beer. I want this on hand all summer long.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 15, 2006
Probably my first one. It has very strong taste of spices, which is good. A little alcoholic in taste too and fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Draught at Volo. Pours an almost clear bubbly golden-orange with an average size lasting white head. Sweet and spicy aroma with yeast, fruit and light hops. Flavour: Wow! I had this in bottles a few years ago and it didn’t taste this good, what a pleasant surprise. Nice blend of hops, sweet malt, fruit and spices -- very refreshing and flavourful. Body’s a little light but it suits the beer. This is one of the best Saisons I’ve ever had -- great job Black Oak!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2006
Draught @ TFOB: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a thick white head. Great aromatics of pepper and spice, yeast, hops, and some sweet citrus. Taste surprised me, perhaps expecting far less hops than I got. You’ll find that peppery yeast as that first sip rolls over your tongue, but it doesn’t take long for the patented Black Oak "Hop Bomb" to snag you on the way down. It fit well, here, though, separating it from other wheat beers I’ve sampled in the past.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
Fantastic blend of Wheat Beer with Corriander. Nice and smooth on tap with a smooth hop. First Tasted at the Toronto Beer Festival (Aug. 06)


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