GT2 (5663) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Dahlia’s Pour House. Pours a low haze, deep cola. Big lacing. Medium foam. Nose is estery, gamey, mint, cocoa powder, peppermint gum. Taste is nutty, gamey, coffee, mint. Palate is dusty, coffee gritty, more odd mint flavors.
dchmela (2405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Oblivion. Pours a light black. Big roasted grain, Belgian yeast esters in aroma. Smooth light malt body with notes of roasted grain in taste. Pretty good.
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BMMillsy (688) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Gainesville Brass Tap. Pours black with a big creamy cream colored head. Smell is veey roasty with serious Belgian funk. Light bodied and good carbonation. Taste is roast, almost coffee up front. Continues with some yeasty aftertaste. Not bad.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Burnt malt flavors are salvaged by citrusy thyme allusions, chicory-like roastiness and a lush mouthfeel for quite the quizzical Dark Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam surfs the blackness.
-The body is not as dry as I like my Saisons, but then again the finish is not that sweet.
-The creamy body is easily the beer’s best feature. But those burnt notes detract from the enjoyment after every sip.
-The roasted malt bitterness is met by more citrusy spiciness.
On tap at Funky Buddha.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Redlight Redlight, jet black with a bit of spiderweb lacing, extemely malty and rich, sweet chocolate aroma with a little bit of spice on the back end. Not too bad.
changeup45 (1560) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Mermaid Juice. Black pour with a frothy tan head. This is a bit spicy with light roasty chocolaty notes, with clove, vanilla, toffee, and citrus. The body is light and a touch thin. Dry and a bit roasty in the finish. I’m not a huge fan of the dark saison but I do like the drinkability with this. Pretty solid beer.
Sammy (7041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at the CC Tasting Room. Drinkable on a warm day, but undercarbonated and a little sourness that detracted from the spice. Not a normal saison.
Lubiere (8248) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark saison with a thin lacing brown head. In aroma, a nice peated malt with dark fruits and soy sauce. In mouth, a nice smooth peaty and lightly salty malt with smooth dark fruits, fusel alcohol, interesting. On tap at brewery, Dec. 9 2012.
SanfordBrewer (1343) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
very strange combination of styles. both the saison and "dry stout" character come through, but i.m.o. do not compliment each other at all.
Chipalsa (1098) - Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was an interesting take on a brew, it was like an herbal porter. The smell was roasty and bready with some nice floral herbs all around. It tasted mellow and dark; light coffee, whole grain and yeast. It caught me by surprise and was pretty damn good.