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Bullfrog Saison Noire (Bottle)

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This entry is for the bottled version of Saison Noire (which contained brettanomyces). Ratings for the brewpub/draft version should go HERE

This Belgian-inspired dark saison has a rich, deep amber color and a wonderfully complex caramelized maltiness complimented by the funky, fruity and earthy character of our house saison yeast. Decadent but dry with some lingering funk and fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottled. Nice notes of caramel malt, some dark fruit, bread and dirt. Refreshing and interesting. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
transparent chestnut, thin small bubbled white ring. Nose is tea, wood, chocolate, but of celery. Flavor is oxidized, moderate chocolate and cardboard. slick thinnest body, Light paint and chocolate through finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cellar, dates, figs, lightly oxidized, toast and caramel, spices and earthy/barnyard notes. Flavor is barnyard, Brettanomyces, toast and caramel, spices, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Lightly sweet, fairly astringent and very phenolic, lots of pepper, some toffee, light floral hops. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear copper/amber with a trace of fizzy white head. Aroma is caramel and biscuit malt, grassy hops, citrus fruit, and light rubbing alcohol. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with faint supporting hops; crisp finish. Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Cola infused straw in color, large rocky sand colored head, lively carbonation, a few clumps of lacing.   Sweet and malty barnish nose, faint anise and black patent like malts.   Bright straw/grass on the tongue, very musty, barnish, with a Belgianesque sort of Tripel quality.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Feels somewhat hefty for a Saison.   A bit more meatly/malty than I would have expected.   Good balance between teh sweetness and the dryness.   Lingering straw, musty hay, damp horseblanket.   I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would.   Had the effervesence of a Saison, but somewhat of a body of a Tripel.   Thanks for this one Jason!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
750mL thanks to drowland. The pour is a muddy mahogany with a decent tan head. Delicate lace. Nose is vinous, musky, cherry pie crust, sour cherry juice. Big musty yeast but nothing I would say as "Brett!" Taste is oatmeally, malty, loaded with minerals. Light tartness. Comes across really as 100% Biere de Garde. Super malt forward, oatmeally, bready, soft minerals. Very good for Biere de Garde. If you are expecting funky saison, prepare for disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
11/11/11. 750mL bottle courtesy ericandersnavy! Hazy brown pour with a frothy khaki head that fades but laces plenty. Huge yeast aroma with dark fruits, toast, caramel, and definite brett. Very slightly tart flavor with brett, a touch of roast, dark fruits, and lingering maltiness. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a creamy off-white, maybe khaki, colored head. S: Touch of chocolate malt and sweetness. Definitely fruity with a mild to moderate roast and hints of oak. Fairly yeast with some peppery notes, chalk, and earthiness. T: Quite a bit more dry than I was expecting. Chocolate malts, earthy funk, wet oak, mild roast, and a definite chalkiness. A mild fruitiness (specifically raisins). Just a little bit bready. M: Medium in body with carbonation on the high end of medium. O: Really interesting and complex. The chocolatey notes were a little unexpected, but they worked out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 3, 2011
Botella. Hazy deep amber brown colour. Tart sweet caramel fruit aroma. Flavour is sweet with dark fruits, bit tart, some spice.

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