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When two gypsies team up with an arrogant bastard, there is bound to be some criminal activity...better to view this project as a conspiracy rather than a collaboration. The strengths of all involved were utilized to break the laws of style guidelines...dark with deception, mysteriously smoked, unexplainably dry, and intriguingly hoppy...maybe it’s best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1365) - Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
From bottle. Black in color. Aroma is definitely saison, with nice floral and yeast notes. Flavor is decidedly smoked, with the saison hidden beneath. Not as smokey as a rauchbier, but close. Finishes slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3303) - Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Aroma has both fruity and smoky components, as well as hints of hops and yeast. It pours an opaque coffee brown with a fairly thick, if not very persistent, tan head. Flavor has a strong note of bitter wood, with subtle tones of caramel, cherry, honey and roast malt in attendance. Texture seems on the thin side, though the fizz is lively. Definitely - interesting. Still, give it a try, see whatcha think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1549) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Smells like a saison - some grass and subtle funkiness. The taste quickly turns bitter, almost like stale coffee. Interesting to try, but not my cup of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 ox bottle from Giant Eagle Route 8 in Pittsburgh. As black and mysterious as your favorite film noir. A brilliant smokiness adds to the appeal. Perfection!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (1948) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Near black pour with a 1 finger, creamy tan head that has decent retention. Aroma of citrus hops, roasted nuts, bready, spicy and fruity yeast. Flavor is roast, nuts, citrus and pine right away, leading to some floral notes, chocolate, a touch of smoke, increasingly bitter citrus, earth and a light stone fruit and citrus sweetness to go along with some pepper and bitter citrus in the finish. Light to medium body, off dry on entry, increasingly dry to the finish. Good stuff, but like so many saisons I feel like it would have been better at about 70% of it’s recipes strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color with a bit of head. Tastes like a mild saison with some hop flavors. Very intriguing and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2225) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
0,33l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours very dark red with a low off-white head. Aroma is malts with some smoked ham. Flavor is malts, grapefruit, smoked ham and some hops. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1000) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2013
Light brown head is thin and short, dark brown/black. Light arome has licorice, coffee, caramel, ash, slightly roasted. Crisp round, bitter, dry, highly roasted nearly burned, long roastrd bitter finish, berry also. Tasty but quite much roasted. Would not drink many of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1434) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours a very deep dark color. Nose is heavy malt and chocolate with some spice. Taste is full of malt, with sweetness and smokiness.....with a myriad of spices. Finish is bitter and lingers with the same complex flavors and spices. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1389) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours black with a brown head and slight tart and roasty aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is sweet and smokey, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, fruit notes, and spices with a bitter, spicy finish. Very enjoyable, flavorful brew

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