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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle sampled side by side with Magic beans. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 2 finger thick off white head. Nose held aromas of yeast, clove spice and some floral notes. Some candy sugar and a light spice on the finish, an ok Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Poured a hazy orange with a billowing white head. Nose was big on yeast, floral, spicy, overall pretty aggressive for a saison. Taste was a little off the wall but enjoyable, spicy, lots of biscuit, nice esthers. Good, but nothing revolutionary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Fluffy head on a cloudy pour. Aroma of mellow spice, some bread and yeast. Flavor is sweet and yeasty with a little twang. Smooth and nice carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. This one pours a cloudy, dark orange color topped by a foamy, tan colored head. The aroma is different for a saison with some dough, sweet candy sugar, cocoa, and spicy yeast. The flavor is similar with the candy sugar, very doughy and sweet for a saison. The cocoa powder adds a nice dyness and flavor to the beer. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Nice beer but a little too sweet for what I like in a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2009
One of the many bottles of Bullfrog that Kramer brought to BCTC. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Caramel and dry light brett notes. Nice change of pace from the typical saison. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle @ BCTC RB gathering 2009. Pours a darker amber. Aroma was spicy with a touch of yeaty funk & touch of a dried fruit plum like character. Fruity was taste forward, light funk sourness. May have to take a road trip here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2009
750ml bottle, courtesy hopscotch. The pour yields a hazy, dark, burnt ornage-amber body with some hints of dusky brown. A lasting head of thin, khaki colored foam caps the surface. Solid, jagged arches of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is sweeter than expected, pastry dough and medium-toast candy sugar showing prominently, with some spicy yeast notes, dry cocoa powder, and hints of light vanilla coming through on the back end. Flavors are similar, quite doughy, and sweeter than I typically care for in a saison, though the touch of dry cocoa is nice. There might be some dried dates in there as well, lending fruitiness. Substantial and smooth, the palate sports a lively, fine carbonation. Overall, it’s a good brew, but it would benefit from a drier, less sweet profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2008 750ml bottle from the brewpub. Pours an amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, some nice sweet malt notes. Smells really good. Flavor was not so great. All of the nice aromas are lost to a strange metallic murk and unpleasant funk. I’m a big fan of brett beers and this was not a brett funk. Something strange happened to the bottle. Would love to resample a fresh batch at some point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle… Hazy, very dark, ruby ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head with never-ending retention. Herbal, rooty aroma releases lots of spice, a hint of licorice and a touch of mint. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is spicy and bittersweet with a whisper of licorice. Dry, moderately bitter, roasted finish. Kudos to corby112 for shipping the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009

Source:Sample from a 750 mL bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance:Clear brown color with a half finger of off white head.
Aroma:Dark fruits and a hint of floral hops.
Flavor:Nuts and spice. Bready malt and yeast.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Wasn’t impressed. For all the hype, this was pretty disappointing. Not very funky.

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