Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Saison
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This limited production "black saison" is medium bodied ale with a deep amber color and off-white head. The hops provide a pleasing spiciness while the malt and yeast create subtle notes of anise and cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgreb (409) - Marburg, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2009
bottle - (asheft) hazy amber orange beer with an orange head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Flavour has some sourness and is not sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
In short: A smooth Belgian dark golden ale with no specific character. Unremarkable. Easy to drink.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed very fresh, about a month after the beer release
The look: Clear amber body topped by a little off-white head
In long: A little horse blanket on the nose but that’s about all the wild character I got from that beer. Taste is forest ground, some fluffy caramel, grainy malts, some citrus and darker fruits, some hard candies, some liquorice, a light spiciness. Typical pleasant lively Belgian body and carbonation. Low on hops. No dryness. No wild character in the taste. Not very tasty. Not very Saison. Feels like a generic session Belgian amber ale. Hard to find something to dislike about this and hard to find something to really appreciate. It’s just, you know, a Belgian beer. At first I was excited. My favourite beer store (Juilo’s) license an exclusive Saison (my favourite style) from a brewery that has created some of my favourite brews (Signature, others...) and that’s what they come up with?!?!? I felt more letdown than a woman whose boyfriend forgot her birthday on January 9th 2009. Note to self: Reread this rating often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Dark brown pour with an offwhite head. Aroma is fruity with some light yeasty notes. Grape skins and some earthy spiciness as well. Very Effervescent mouthfeel and flavor of green grape, mild spice and some notes of cocoa powder. A good belgian, but not very saison like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5503) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Beige micro head with good retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes to coat surface. Sour chocolate and coriander aromas. Dusty caramel upfront with a slightly spoiled pit fruit and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Amber/copper pour. Fruity and malty aroma. Spices and yeast as well. Flavor is spicy and a bit sweet. Some caramel too. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle: Deep copper with decent clarity and a light tan dense film. Fruity aroma- some mild spicy fruit skin and prune notes. The body is fluffy with a fairly clean flavor for a Saison. some plasticy phenols mesh with apparent fruity skin character. Some spicy prune skin. Simple overall without much yeast character and it’s not very Saison like- but it’s still a decent Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Very large four-finger head; recedes in a rocky fashion. Some chunky lace on the glass. Amber, with a touch of orange, color. Hazy. Very earthy aroma of dried, fermented sugar. I also detect licorice Comes across as flat, but not in a carbonation sense. The flavors are there, but they are far more muted than most Saisons. Dry start, with a light hop finish. The body is light and carbonation is relatively high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Shared with Rudolf, my bottle. Amber brownish pour. Orange chocolate, dried fruit, malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate malt, caramel malt, yeasty Belgian character. Light dark fruit. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottled. More of a medium brown than black. Lots of yeast, absinthe in the aroma, black pepper and thyme. Flavor is grainy and spicy, with a thin, mildly lactic aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle, thanks Mike! Rich copper body, tan head. nose is light toffee, raisin, plum, some cocoa. Flavor is caramel, soda water, cocoa, a tiny bit of burnt. Bitterness comes out at the finish with more plum/raisin character.

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