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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This barrel aged version of our Saison Noire, infused with Belgian Callebaut chocolate and vanilla beans, breathes an exquisite aroma of chocolate. The palette burts with rich chocolate and oaky vanilla but still finishes dry and elegant.

Brewed: 07/09/2008
Bottled: 02/15/2009


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2010
750ml bottle, brewed 07/09/2008, bottled 02/15/2009, and consumed on 7/28/2010. After the usual struggle with the notoriously staunch Bullfrog cork, this brew pours a dark and mostly clear reddish-copper color. A moderately sized, creamy, beige tinted crown shows good duration, leaving jagged flares and small spots of lacing on the glass. The nose shows notes of sassafras root, dry chocolate truffle, peanut skins, and raw vanilla bean. Lactic yeast lends an overtone of tartness and cream. Flavors are right in line, hinting at chocolate soufflé, bittersweet cocoa, caramel candy, and bold vanilla. Soured oak and tart, lactic acidity add a distinct sharpness that cuts through the underlying cocoa sweetness. The palate is slightly prickly and semi-dry, sporting a touch of initial creaminess going into a more vinegary finish. This reminds me alot of the New Glarus Olde English Porter, only a bit more tart and spice driven, notably heavier in it’s vanilla influence. It’s good, as long as you’re in the right mindset. Think of it in the context of a top notch fruit-driven American sour or Belgian lambic and you will be disappointed, but think of it as what it is, more of a tart, spiced porter-like brew, and you’ll be happy. Interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark rusty orange brown with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of light vanilla, cream soda, vinegar notes and light funk. Taste of dry vanilla, cream soda, vinegar and funk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Thanks to whoever brought this to Sour Slam. Pours hazy amber with off-white head. Nose is brett, funk, tartness, malts, and amidst it all there is a significant vanilla presence. Flavor is similar with the vanilla, magic, beans in the middle. We tried a ton of sours, and this one stands out to me because of the sweetness in the midst of a hurricane of brett, vinegar, and tartness. Very nice and unique beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - MAY 8, 2010
Brown, flat pour and fun 60s style label. Sweet, malty aroma. Sour and malty with a light, hoppy bitterness. Slightly metallic and has that wild yeast character. A yeasty, funky, earthy brew. Good, Thanks to Adrian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle thanks to Mr Darwin. Pours a cloudy amber with a medium white head. The aroma is so complex; sour, woody, yeasty, grapes. The flavor shows the mellowness of a saison, but sour, fizzy, almost hot, cocoa, vanilla, a lot to figure out here. A nice mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Dry in the finish. I liked it a great deal, though I never quite cracked it, a enigma somewhat. The type of beer that I’d like to have drank all of the bottle to get a better look at.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks man
Appearance: Hazy amber with a off-white head and nice amount of lacing
Aroma: Sour fruits and spices
Taste: Tart fruits, vanilla and some chocolate
Good sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
A: Pours a murky brown hue with amber highlights. The tan head is one finger in height. Nice retention and lace. S: Unique aromas. Dark fruits, with a dark berry tartness. Nice blast of bitter bakers chocolate, and coffee. T: I will tell you A+ for a new take on the style. Hershey’s Cocoa powder up front. Notes of coffee and dark fruit. Hints of raspberry tartness and wood. M: On the fuller side of medium, great carbonation to carry the unique flavor. D: Pretty good. I like when people push the envelope, BullFrog pulled it off with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle shared by Shawn: Dirty muddy water hue with a lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of wild yeast, sour milk, slight barnyard funk, herbs and a strange pickle juice vinegar tones with just a light cocoa bean vapour. The taste is dry chocolate powder that is flushed out by sour fruits and grassy herbal tones. Some wheat and grain most popping in and out. Moderate carbonation and slightly chewy with a tannic quality. While I do not get much of the "magic beans" I still liked this overall, a soured saison.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
bottle. pours a murky brown pondwater hue with a beige head. leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is lemon, fresh cut grass, spruce, herbs, spices, and a bready dough pear layer. THe lemon zest is most prominent. Not getting much vanilla or chocolate, however. But really diggin the fresh clean zesty nose on this. Flavor is herbs, dough, lemony tartness, cocoa power. very light and easy drinking. wouldn’t have guessed this is 8% abv. pretty nice. Well put together.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Opaque ruby-copper pour. The aroma is vinous and oaky with some lactobacillus sourness. Theres also notes of vanilla, faint caramel and the cocoa is pretty subtle too. The flavor is sweet, toasty oak, with a nice sourness balanced by soft balanced vanilla, cocoa, and caramel. The body is dry, medium full with moderate carbonation.


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