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RATINGS: 92   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle, this is NOT a 4.7 beer. Pours a mahogany body with a white head. Vanilla and coco yes, but heavily subdued by a chili pepper like and spiciness. The spice is very subdued in the the flavor with a dry roasty vanilla coffee beans a light woodiness and a tangy spiced finish. This is a good beer, this is not a great beer. The base beer Saison Noire was my least favorite BF offering to date, so this is a substantial improvement!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Big thanks to vwcraig for sending me this out of the blue, I owe you one! Light brown color with a wispy head. It smells like cocoa, chocolate, wood, oak, sour fruit, and wild bacteria. The taste carries over some of the cocoa and wood and is indeed tart but not full on sour. This was quite interesting and took me several hours to work my way through, I should have shared it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-05-2009 14:33:05

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Careful pour from a 750ml bottle yields a slightly hazed light chestnut brown body with a rich textured tan head. Pour less carefully and you’ll end up with a chunky chocolate milk-like muddy brown and the nose will suffer immensely. The aroma is extremely quiet and understated, and when first poured (slightly chilled but not cold) there are blueberries, raspberries and blackberry fruit qualities, along with a nutty wood note as well (I called it twigs and berries). When warmer it begins to open up (again, still understated and soft) there are prickly and festive notes of tannic red grapes and dark chocolate, with the vanilla character only showing itself well after the beer reaches room temperature. Texture is soft and mellow, becoming just a small bit of "prickly" or acidic (more like acidic in terms of wine rather than beer) towards the end. The saison character is mostly lost - had this on the same night as the saison noire - but what this beer is is a unique and interesting experiment. It works well, though it may not be the best beer Bullfrog has made recently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 3, 2009
750mL Bottle. Aroma gives a piquant tangy roasted poblano pepper and sweet mole chocolate. This is unique. Herbal, as most of their beers sometimes are. Pours a slightly murky brownish-orange, with a well-lacing off-white head. Flavor continues with a generic tangy citric acid, that blossoms into a bit of a pinot noir grape. A dusty oak vanilla syrup. The chocolate liquor character adds some more depth. There’s a very peculiar cheesy, oak, dusty leather and wood dust edged with tobacco that gives a real unique cast to this beer. Some of the tang proceeds to light metallic or blood-like character. Otherwise the palate lings a long time, which is nice, not too sweet or dry. This is very original and another hallmark of Bullfrog’s unique twist on American Wilds. I believe may age very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle shared by mj, thanks man. Poured as a deep hazelnut-red color with an inch thick off-white head that faded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma is an interesting mixture of light berry fruitiness paired with some obvious vanilla bean, a bit of soft chocolate, and some oak. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with a combination of faint chocolate and vanilla bean transition into a lightly tart fruitiness with hints of light berry, grape skin, and some citrus that finishes with a soft yeastiness and some dry oak. Moderate carbonation and decent mouth feel. Overall, a different and unique beer. It isn’t necessarily my style, but it was well done and doesn’t have any major draw backs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Bottle, shared at DLD. Pours orange brown, capped with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is primarily that of a wild ale; oak, sour cherry, and wild yeast take the forefront, with a hint of vanilla and cocoa in the background. Flavor is similar, with wood, sour cherry, mild citrus, white grape, and just a hint of cocoa and vanilla. The beans are most evident in the finish. This wasn’t exactly what I expected, but its still another winner from Bullfrog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 750ml bottle. damn i wish i knew your name but thanks for bringing this bottle to share at dlday.... poured a medium reddish brown with a light brown head... sour tart and oak aroma further enhanced by lighter notes of chocolate and coffee beans which i guess were actually vanilla beans.... head scratching flavors which were oddly tart fruit and a backdrop of those beans again. very light palate-wise and again displayed that lively mouthfeel that most to all bullfrog brews seem to have. unique and different but not my cup of tea. craft idea that deserves an extra notch or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
Thanks to Kan for pointing me toward this at DLD! Poured hazy medium amber with a short cap of beige head. The aroma opened with sour cherry skins and other dark fruits with a fine complement of cocoa powder and vanilla beneath.. the cocoa toned down the sourness a bit and resulted in a soft overall impression. The flavor had sour fruit and oaky notes throughout over what initially appeared as a pale malt base.. cocoa hit especially on the back as well as a little oxidation.. sour and tangy finish. Well-balanced on the palate with an intriguing blend of components.. very good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
750ml Bottle: Complex aroma of wood, oak, chocolate, slight acidity, Brett, and vanilla. Poured brown with a bit of amber in color and a tiny off-white head that barely lasted around the edges (first pour), and then a small to medium-sized, rocky, creamy, tan head that lasted throughout (second pour). Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Very complex, lightly sweet, medium tart flavor. Tastes of Brett, chocolate, slight vanilla, oak, slight grapes, wood, cocoa, oak, and a hint of caramel. Light to medium body. Smooth, slightly thin texture. Soft to average carbonation. Tart, chocolate, and oak finish is slightly dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
treyrab (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009 does not count
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Figured this would be a great place to start for my first review on RB A: This poured a musty, murky crimson brown. Extreme haze cannot see through this beer at all. It yields a two finger khaki head that lasts a while and laces very nicely. S: Phenomenal. The initial smell is nice brett funk coupled with lemon rinds and lemon juice. The dry cocoa powder then morphs its way into the beer and gets matched by dry vanilla and oak. T: Unparalleled. There are three distinct stages to the taste. The first is bitter lemon funk and lemon rinds from the Brett. It is decently full bodied and tart. The second is a nice mix of lemon rind tartness coupled with cocoa powder, oak and vanilla. The final finish is a nice sweet cocoa, vanilla, and a bitter lemon or hop finish that caught me off guard but was very pleasing. Overall, this is one of my favorite wilds ever.

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