HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle that’s been in my fridge since I bought it, served in a tulip. Charcoal color liquid in the glass with an off white head. Moderately well laced. Faint aroma that is really hard to detect. My only aromatic synapse is dark rye seed. Taste is light but not whimpy. Farmhouse yeast presents itself first with a slightly fruity quality. Next up is charred malt grain and a whisper of smoke. I think the smoke is only present because I know it to be there. The smokiness could easily be mistaken for dark roasted malt. One thing is for sure that this is exceptionally well crafted; the flavors meld together seamlessly, including the hops that provide an aromatic touch. I was expecting a smoky Saison and while this isn’t as bold as I had hoped, it is probably a lot better.
delnoche (441) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12fl oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Deep ruby with ample creamy tan head. A lot of hops in the nose during the initial pour with Belgian candy sugar taking over soon after. A very earthy, smoky flavor. Lively carbonation. Long bitter finish, also smoke. A bold interesting brew.
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rien de spectaculaire, arôme de levure et légèrement de malt. On goute pas trop le malt torréfié. Un goute une acidité voir un peu surette en millieu de bouche et une amertumeen arrière gout. J’imagine que l’amertume devait être plus prononcé lorsqu’elle était fraîche. C’est une bière bien balancé, je n’aurais aucun problème à en reprendre une.
RexTalionis (2401) - FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown in color with a small tan head. Bit of slightky smoked wood and bacon in aroma. Later on these turn into moro chocolatey notes though. Perhaps some peppery notes too and notes of dark malts as well. Sweetish taste, some burnt rubber and smoked fruits. A bit weird combination, but seems to work quite well though. Fruity and slightly smoky finish.
Jow (2069) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last bottle of evening at Blanca. Pours very dark with light spicy nose. tastes of smoked wheat, light pepper, banana, grass, cocoa powder, hoppy, and woody. subtle and a touch thin on palate. ok
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@Rotterdam, Helsinki. Deep brown colour, close to black, with a small off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, some farmyard, mild citrus as well as some smoked wet wood and mild spicy notes as well. Flavour is fruity, mildly earthy along with some yeast, spices and mild toasted notes.
baraciisch (1798) - USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color with tannish head... Aroma is smoky, earthy notes... Flavor is roasted malts, notes of charcoal and dank herb on the finish... Nice beer, I feel good, ready for burrito
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DSG (5695) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, yeast, a smoked hint, some overripe fruits and a bit of coffee. Slightly sweetish flavor, roasty, with some coffee, a bit of yeast, light fruitiness, a faint acidic notes and a drier, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Smoke, very slight hint of a tart aroma.
Appearance: Opaque black with good creamy off-white head.
Taste: Smoke, licorice, subtle bitter chocolate. A unique, slightly sweet saison undertone
Palate: Medium mouthfeel, some bitterness toward the finish. Slightly dry, bitter, smokey aftertaste.
Overall: Interesting, relatively complex beer. Mostly well integrated elements.
john_henry (98) - - AUG 18, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I really don’t get the hype. I have great respect for each of the collaborating breweries, but just don’t think this is up to much. Way overrated in my opinion. Aroma is barely there, looks bellow average, and taste mediocre. So you did a (mediocre at best) black saison, woopdido. This is really nothing to get excited about, I can think of main stream beers I would rather drink, and I don’t say that lightly.