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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4843) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a violet and ruby tint and a thinnish, half a centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of pale malt, yeast, hay, soy sauce and some meat - not so good. Light to Medium-bodied; Odd taste up front of roasted malt then raisins then a thin grassy flavour and almost no final flavours except mushrooms and earth. Aftertaste is lacking with a little alcohol, some minor roasted malts and a hint of yeast complexity. Overall, a beer that is poor in execution and not really true to the name/made-up-style. If no names were on this bottle, i’m sure the rating wouldn’t be half as good as it is. Quite simply, this beer doesn’t deliver and if I’d do it again, I surely wouldn’t spend US$4.25 on this bottle. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 11-December-2012 for US$4.25, sampled at home in Washington on 05-May-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of smoke, spiciness, roasty, and some chocolate. Tastes of spices, some smoke, oaky, and some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcedwards1650 (6) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
Mild aroma hint of a coffee/smoked smell. Medium hops slight hint of honey in taste strong.after taste well balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhclem (375) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
I generally try to steer clear of the Belgian (and Belgian influenced) beers and ales, but this was surprisingly good. Very delicate smoky aroma and taste. Mouthfeel was pleasantly fizzy and the finish was long and seemed to settle around the sides of my tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansalon (1592) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Smoked dark fruitson the nose along with coffee, Taste is quite mild with notes of honey and cloves. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1470) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Pours dark with low latte brown head Aromas of bretta, dark malts, hints of tropical fruits Strange mouthfeel. Porter, saison and IPA in all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2215) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma of smoke, wheat, coriander, bretta, barnyard, dark malt. Taste is heavy roasted, smoke up front before a sweetish finish that ends light bitter and lingers. Body is light but still somewhat creamy with average carbonation. Thanks ansalon! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (345) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2013
Pours dark brown with large tan head out of bottle. Oak/chocolate aroma. Strong oak flavor with hint of chocolate. Smooth beer with a sweet finish. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7361) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2013
330 ml bottle. Rotterdam, Helsinki, Finland. Dark reddish brown almost black colour with a small creamy off-white head. Brown ale aroma with malt, mild caramel sweetness, soy sauce and mild hoppiness. The flavour is roasted malt, dry stout elements and dry liquorice. There's nothing Saison in this, black it is and it's mildly smoked. So Black Smoked Saison is as far as it is as a beer style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephenj007 (112) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2013
Picked thiss up in Denver while on vacation. Nice, dark bottle pour. Pillowy, tan head, body is clear-dark, like a Coke. Aromas of plum, a bit of spice, yeast and cooked raisins. No hops aromas present, malts are faint. Could have used a bit more smoke I think.... This brew is has a sweet wash to it up front, with a nicely balanced amount of hops tones. Fizzy, carbonation mouthfeel, a small bit of sticky feel on the finish. This is a nice smoked saison, but minus the smoke I think it needs to really make it stand out. Drinkable and smooth, good but not great.

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