rob6239 (625) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark chocolate colour with foamed tan head. Aroma has chocolate, smoke, and some doughy earthiness. Taste was sharp and begins with cocoa and smokiness but gives way to banana and coriander at the end.
yumyum (210) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice balance of flavour and drinkability. Darker than anticipated. Relatively thin body. Significant smokey wheat flavour. Very nice
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Etched glass bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of lemongrass, chocolate bread, yeast, smoked wheat malt and smoked banana peel. Medium body.
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another odd beer. Is gunsmoke the perfect crime? Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Light smokiness with burnt, bitter finish. Average carbonation. Some oak here as well. A little hay or grass in aroma. On tap at Blue Monk.
pdx77 (1390) - Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cybercat (3377) - Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Bacterial (1617) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 itís recipes strength.
Bule (782) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.