FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours with a thick, two finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my New Belgium globe glass. The beer has a concentrated brown, almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, black stained, dark amber, almost purple hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a very light, subtle smokiness that almost isn’t noticeably so (more a richness than anything), toasted / roasted malt, but then lots of fruit-focused hop notes that I wasn’t expecting at all, but end up being the most noticeable part of the nose. Some fruity fermentation notes seem to accentuate the hop notes, the latter of which contribute flavors of guava, lychee, kumquat peel, super tropical citrus notes, and even some funky tropical fruit notes. Touches of herbal notes, and a touch of dank “herbaceousnous” helps to round things out.
My first flavor is almost a confusing mix of light smoke, toasted malt, herbal hops, and citrusy, tropical fruity hop notes. Quite light bodied, with just enough sweetness for the fruit hop notes to come through in a dry manner. The smokiness adds a sharpness that mixes in with the bitterness to give this beer a bit of a bite. The hop character is just about the dominant character here; flavors of concentrated floral peach, kumquat, lychee, tropical citrus juice, and a bright floral citrus character that really lingers.
Quite nice, definitely hop focused, and the smoke really isn’t any more than a subtle, supporting character that wouldn’t have been noticeable without knowing it is here. The Saison side of things isn’t overly noticeable / contributing here; this is quite dry and light bodied, but that firm, characterful, and spicy character that is part of a good Saison really isn’t prominently on display here.
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with some deep ruby red colored hues and a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is full and offers up a mix of lime, funky yeast and soured molding grapefruit. Interesting taste where modest roasted malts and maltiness meet lime and grapefruit and a bit of moldy funk. This creates a fairly pleasing combination of flavors for me.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark, no head, light smoke aroma. Smokey flavor somewhat velvet on the tongue. It’s Ok, but not feeling this one.
dwmiller16 (111) - Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, no head. Belgian yeast but not much smoke on the nose. Smoke comes through in the finish.
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BazookaJoe (267) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Taste is sweet like a Saison then finishes very smokey.
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ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This... is a complex one. Spicy and slightly smoky aroma. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Drinks smoothly with strong coffee flavor. Finishes with smoke and hop bitterness. Very interesting brew.
Concealer (881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a small off white head. Smells of smoke, spices and a touch of funk. Honestly it tastes like a smoky saison with a slight bitter finish. It is pretty great.
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange, interesting; I’ll try this again. Flavor is strong - smokey, malty, yeast and spices. Complex.
markwise (4587) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the Wine Merchant in Findlay, OH. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a white head. Nose is earth, band-aid, some sweet malt, smoke, and some citrus. Flavor is a strange combination of flavors like earth, malt, band-aid, campfire, and mild citrus. Medium in body and weirdly smoky.
Niko100 (2142) - Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, yeast, floral, & funk; Flavor of slight sweet malt, yeast, hops, citrus, some rye, and pepper; Finish is dry with some smoke; Quite different and pretty decent.