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RATINGS: 401   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 it’s best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours clear medium brown color with tan head. Aromas of light smoke, toasted malts, with some citrus and dark fruits. Light smoke and citrus flavors with some yeast, toasted malts and earthiness. Light to medium body with average carbonation. Kind of a strange beer but interesting. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2399) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours a deep umber mahogany color with a three finger eggshell head that laces and sticks for the beers longevity. On the nose the aromas are restrained but nice traces of dark earthy malt, peppery cola, citrus and smoke. The palate follows the nose with a nice complexity and balance. Ripe dark fruit, yeasty spice, citrus hops and smoked malt. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6099) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma has light roast and smoke, herbal notes, anise, floral and earthy notes with some yeast. The flavor is dry, light smoke and roast, herbal, earthy, anise hints, and a splash of dark chocolate. I was interested to try this and feel like it landed a bit short for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. A deep mahogany pour with a skim of a tan head. The earthy aroma features some caramel, roasted malts, toasted pumpernickel, light smoke, a hint of anise, pine, and touches of bananas & lemons in the background. Goes down relatively thin to medium-bodied. Light caramel and roasted dark malts upfront taste-wise. Kinda earthy with a charred woodsiness in the middle. Mildly spicy. A dry, piney finish that lingers. Kinda blah. Rather disappointing considering this was produced by some of my favorite brewers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (655) - Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Aroma of a smoky sock with a bit of spice and rye. Quite a bit of rye and burnt wood on the taste. It is OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Knappster (34) - - JAN 18, 2013
What a nice, smooth saison that really enters with a statement and finishes like a clean baby back competition rib pull- you want another ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1268) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours opaque black with brown highlights. Slight sour anise on the nose. Starts off with the fruit of a saison, followed by the burnt malt flavor of a black ipa and mild pepper, ending with the aftertaste of black licorice. Interesting mix of styles and flavor

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3868) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate light tan head. Nose has a hint of sourness to it with some roasting in there as well. Taste is actually superbly balanced with an intriguing melding of flavors. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: very dark brown with ruby tints and a foamy tan head. Aroma: roasted malts, some yeast funk, some smoke, some lemon and some overripe banana. Taste: bright lemon and some banana and roasted malts up front, some funky yeast and pepper in the middle, ending with a dry smoky flavor. Mouthfeel: fairly thin with medium carbonation. Overall: interesting take on a Saison. I'm not a huge Saison fan, but this adds an extra level of complexity with the smoked and roasted malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pouts a near black body with reddish hued edges. Smells of dulled smoke with some faint funk. Very bread and malt flavor with a nice blend of smoke and spice. Great mouthfeel with the flavor. Interesting take on Saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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