douglas88 (5170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a almost jet black color with a large beige head. A sour malty nose, vinous and oak. The flavor is interesting and easygoing: cherries, tartness, wine, dry white wine mostly, berries, the base saison comes in with almost funky dryness. I think this works well. The light roasted flavors are nice as well. Great brew.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by kevanb at the Local Option event. Most recent vintage served in a snifter.
A: Pours a dark purple color with an off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down teh glass.
S: Tart cherries on the nose with the pinot barrel coming through, some oak and a faint hint of the base saison with some fruity yeasty and esters.
T: The saison base comes through a little more in the taste with some stone fruit esters and peppery yeasty. Tart cherries, some oak, a little pinot and some must.
M: Medium light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry finish.
O: This was a weird beer. There’s a lot going on, but thankfully the base saison wasn’t too lost with all the barrel treatments and adjuncts added. Definitely interesting.
Serving type: bottle
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought to and shared at Dan’s Birthday (Lyons, IL). Pours a deeper blackish brown with deeper dark haze and body. Near opaque with some ruby reddish edges. A bigger cakey light brown head atop stays as a decent layer, a bit cakey with some good stick around. Ok lacing. Aromas are oaky and biscuity, some nice vanilla and spirit. Toast and cherries meet whiskey spirit. Sour cherries, gentle cherry skin, and oak. Some biscuits, gentle toast. Some firmer oak and warmth, gentle fuzzy warm whiskey. Initial is medium bodied, a bit dry and tannic, decent to medium sour cherry skin and and tartness. Some gentle toasty and biscuity malt, some caramel, a touch thinner. Fuzzy tannic feel and more cherryskin, tart and gentle sour cherries. Mellow funk, big oak as we turn the corner. Some warmth, a bit of cocoa and brown malt back there gives that telltale feel, some tannic vanilla and wet wood, gentle spirit. Some fuzzy brett, lively carbonation and some vanilla, sour cherries, oak. Really blends well. Not big or cloying, gentle brett, lively funk, decent sourness lingers on with oak, a touch of brown malt and toastiness. Pretty solid. A bit more on the Sour Red/Brown side I’d say. Definitely up my alley.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of daknole, pours with a dark mahogany colored body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up big prune, blueberry, cherry and then cherry tart funkiness. There’s also a mild degree of spicy black strap molasses around the edges of the aroma. The taste is thick and nice with cherry funky tartness rolling into nectar like notes of prunes and blueberries. Toward the finish some malts and chocolate come to the surface and blend in nicely with the various fruity notes. This is nice stuff with a pleasing balance.
5000 (5650) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, deep red hues, thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Soft tart nose, vinous, slight cherry.   Smells nice! Vinous on the tongue, oakish, tart, slightly dry, some dark pitted fruit and cherries.
A little warming.   Body and mouthfeel are smooth yet moderate.   Oaky finish, vinous, and dark cherries.   Tart and somewhat dry too.   Great stuff!   Saison, really?
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, tan head. Cool beer. Tart flavors, earthy tones, vanilla, bourbon, red wine, toothpick, raisins. Nest beer!
dcschiller (2155) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dak. Aroma is wine, cherry, and chocolate. Taste is tart with cherries. Very tasty.
Roonai (245) - - JUL 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Deyholla, thanks! Pours near black with foamy cream head. Nose is loads of tart red fruits balanced by strong umami and a hint of metallic acidity. Taste is more umami and metallics. Really unpleasant at first for me but after a bit, I’m starting to appreciate and enjoy it. Torn on this
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours near black with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of sour fruit with some backing barnyard and light dark grains. Flavor has notes of dark grains and mushroom throughout with a light tartness and funk.
brystmar (984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, plums, tingy fruits, some stouty bite, licorice. Pinot barrels are quite pronounced. Pretty good, not great.