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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 itís best not to even talk about it.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Best black saison I?ve had. Dark brown, clear color. Sticky light tan head that remains. Interesting malty herb taste. Sourish finish. Smoky malt nose. 9.2bd. 9.3joek

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Deep brown beer with a foamy tan head. Cereal grain nose with some spice and roasted grain notes. Spicy flavor with some yeast, banana, dark caramel and bitter citrus in the finish. I donít get much smoke, but Iíll say it comes out in the finish. Interesting take on a saison.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (4791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2013
(Bottle, 0,355 l - BBE was almost completely scratched off, at Kittys, 20130301) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had cowhouse, roasted malts, molasses and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were spices, smoke, sourness, sweetness, molasses and bitterness. Aftertaste was mildly sour and bitter. Not a good brew. I do like saisons but this one was just a weird mess.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (3072) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle 0.355 at Kittys, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with medium brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, smoke, sourness, yeast and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11543) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Dark brown colored beer with a khaki head. Moderate smoke aroma, dark fruits, and a fair amount of roast. A bit of metal, some grass, coffee, yeast, and black pepper. The flavor is lightly sweet with some fruit and bread notes. Heavy roasted malt, a fair amount of smoke, and a touch of metal. Light coffee and chocolate notes, spicy black pepper, grass, and yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
12 oz from bev4less. Pours dark mahogany hue with a thin, but lacy off-white foam head. Straight away the nose is of dark malt and hops. Lots of dark bittering hops. Chocolate and coffee notes are also present. Even more coffee in the first sip, very roasty malty flavor on this one... the hop bitterness from the nose has settled into the background a bit. Is it a saison? Not so much... a black IPA? Maybe... but, of course, Iím sure the recipe grain bill and yeast would prove me wrong. Still, something about this one screams black ipa, or even robust porter. Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, in spite of the richness of the flavor package. Clings decently well to the tongue, but on the underside. Anyway, itís good... but not as interesting as the description made out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany color with a foamy off white head. Smokey, with yarn, and funk, peanuts. Slightly sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, Arizona, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a minimal amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of roasted malts, smoke, pepper, grass, wheat and spice. The begins dry, with roasted malt notes, and becomes more so, with lots of spice and notes of citrus, flowers and pepper. A distinct roastiness with subtle smoke persists throughout. The finish is long, roasty and herby with a moderate hoppy bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting brew; it elegantly pairs up dark, roasted malts with saison spice. Very well done. 2012-12-29

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods El Segundo. Sugary, yeasty aroma, with a slight bit of funkiness. Dark brown with a thick creamy head. Quite balanced between the saison and the black. Some smoke, yes. Good bitterness in final. Medium body. The smoke and the saison character tend to cancel each other. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1021) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 19, 2013
12-ounce brown bottle. Pours an opaque black with lasting, frothy , fine-bubble tan head. Smokey aroma with confounding complexities. Full body, rich texture mouthfeel. Even dry/sweet dark malt flavor balance. Late Belgian yeast character. Slight coffee notes. Hint of roastiness. Uncategorizable. OKAY.


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