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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4043) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Sampled at Springslicker’s Fish Fry ’09. Pours a light clearish orange with good big tan head. Some hop, brown sugar, and a very light metallic twinge. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 750mL Bottle. Soft caramel, minerals, and light yeast aroma. A bit of pale stonefruit. Pours a caramel-tinted amber-brown, with a strong yellowish head. Flavor is delicate. A juicy Saison yeast throws some minerals and a bit of almond. Light toasty caramels. Decent. There’s a nice dry juicy fruit character on this. I wish I had another bottle to age for some of the Brett character, because it’s really not here. Cotton candy dryness finishes. There’s some in the nose and some cotton in the finish, but otherwise it’s minimal. Regardless, this is a solid darker Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle at the ’09 Fish Fry. Pours mahogany with large beige head. The aroma is earth, light funk, orange peel, and mild caramel. The flavor is orange, copper, brett, celery, and mild tobacco. The finish is woody, dry, and quite nice. This worked out quite well I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
Clear brown, nice spongy head. Smells nice and picy up front, some rye, some sweet notes in the background. Odd but enjoyable mix of flavors - cherry, rye, some oakl, some smoke, too. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle from Kramer, 8/08. Perfect pour, dark murky brown with a incredibly dense head, absolutely gorgeous. Unprocessed cocoa, minerally, wheat and fruit aroma, estery and very complex. All sorts of spices and tropical fruits. Flavor is a mildly acidic, dry farmhouse kind of estery, very fantome like. Perfume and grass notes. Quite enjoyable, very underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
750ml bottle: Pours a transparent dark amber with a clingy-lacing spotty off-white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity caramel malt with a touch of cinnamon and clove. Starts with good fullness and lightly sweet caramel maltiness with toasty character and a light spice balance. Finishes nice and dry with some doughy yeasty notes. Has a little grassy character and some hay, but not much brett funk yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of Brett, dust, slight pollen, yeast, light malts, light fruit, slight wood, and slight white pepper. Poured brown/deep amber in color with a large, foamy, pillowy, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Very good to excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, Brett, malts, slight cocoa, light fruit, spices, pepper, light pollen, slight caramel, a hint of brown sugar, and a smidgen of wood. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Lightly sweet, yeasty, lightly fruit, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
750ml, corked and caged bottle. Poured a deeper amberish-brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, yeast, and some fruitiness. Tastes of caramel, fruity, toasty, and a little earthy. If I did not know this had Brett in it, I never would have guessed it did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Poured a hazy, yellow brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, earthy yeast, citrus fruits, nuts, toffee, and toasted malts. Taste of caramel malts, light spices, earth, tropical fruits, and nuts, with dry yeast (but not brett, yet?) in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle shared at Capones. Pours a hazy deep amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that laced. Aroma of nice lemon zest, spicy Saison esters, bready malt and pineapple. Flavor of pretty much the same characteristics as the aroma, not much Brett.

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