Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a Clear gold. Aroma is apple cidery with slight mustiness. Sips very effervescent with a vinous character. Hop bitterness is low and alc is not noticeable as sipped cold. Middle is slightly dry and fruity which leads to a tanic finish that explodes with bourbon barrel aged flavor. The brett funk is only slightly in the initial sip and also in the afterbreath. Almost a numbing sensation after each sip. Very expressive experimental saison..not that I would expect anything else from Black Raven. Personally it’s just too fruity sweet, and I never care for whiskey flavor in my beer.
BEENJAMIN (288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Vintage, Really nice looking 375ml bottle with gold foil and gold writing. Pours a crystal clear golden with a white head. Aroma was very pleasant showing a fruity wine character with some earthy Brett notes. Mild tartness, a little citrus, very subtle in flavors and ends with a pretty weak finish. It seems undeveloped but it had great potential with the packaging, color, and aroma. I will buy the next Vintage and hopefully re-rate.
hopwine (153) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good clarity, golden straw. Sauvignon blanc, buttery nose. Grapefruity white wine character, light funk, strong buttery popcorn diacetyl finish. Yikes too diacetyly to truly enjoy but you can tell the beer has potential. Hopefully I can amend this rating at some point!
luttonm (2072) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale cidery yellow, little head. Sweet cider-apple, soft light souring. Wattery finish. Undeveloped body by very clean. Tasty.
tectactoe (1183) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Bottle: thanks, Ron! Perfect straw-yellow, beaming with excellent clarity. Brilliant white & foamy head builds up large and settles fast. Aroma is funky Brett right in your face; cork, barnyard, wet wood & hay. Very nice fruity character; pear, light peaches, apple slices, white grape skins... White wine-ish, edging on champagne aromas. Crisp, clean, very refreshing. Taste is just as fresh & crisp. White grapes, pears, apples, and plenty of funk. White wine oak barrels, tart mid-palate with a spike of intense flavors. Hmm... picking up a faint cinnamon spice in the finish, too. Interesting, but I like it. Full of Brett from start to finish, slightly musty and peppery aftertaste. Awesome beer, I loved it.
Minderbinder (1589) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours blond with white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of fruits, saison yeast, bretts. Taste is of fruits, citrus, bretts. Palate: Light body. Overall: Refreshing. Pretty good.
mathieuc (998) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear yellow (first pour, yay!) with a thin white head. Aroma is light white wine accompanied by brett and fruits. Taste is dry, with a lot of yellow fruits impressions. A little sour/tart. There is also something disturbing in there feeling like some light skunk. Nothing too distracting, though. It is plenty refreshing and fun to drink. Not bad at all for something I had no expectations for!
tom10101 (2243) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Hazy yellow/golden with a small to medium white head and some lacing. Aroma of brettanomyces, grapes, fruits, honeyed malt and light peppery notes. Taste is slightly sweet with fruity brettanomyces, malt and light spices. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry and winey. Very good Saison w/ brettanomyces. Drinkable aplenty and enjoyable. Fun "under the radar" beer!
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from mathieuc, thanks a lot! Pour os hazy golden with white head and some lacing. Aroma of brett, wet hay, light honey notes, a bit fruity. Taste is brett, fruity, herbal notes. Low body and good carb. A good surprise. Really enjoyed this one!
czar (3805) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
’’extra’’ in our cascade + upright tasting sessions - thanks mathieuc bro-nigga. pours pale yellow with a nice white head, some retention and lacing. juicy and dusty viognier grapes, strong bretty character, herbs, bit of lactose, wheat and lightly spicy. bright carbonation, light body, very nice dry bretty and herbal finsih. very good!