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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 its best not to even talk about it.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1877) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Bottle at bar. Black color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, floral hops, toast, pine and earthy notes. Nicely balanced body. Dry bitter finish with earthy aroma and citrus. Exquisite speciality brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (1872) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
This was quite yummy. Very subtle smoke appeared more at the back of the sip. Slightly sour but gave a over all winey-ness. Very pleasantly surprised. Serving: bottle

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1854) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from Garden City. Black with lasting tan head and lace. Tart chocolate mildly smoky fruity herbal aroma. Mild fruity tart sweetness with dry herbal bitterness and lingering ashy smoke. Nice effervescent carbo. Much better than expected. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pours ruby-mahogany into the glass, with a decent unassuming tan head that leaves soapy window wash lacing. The nose is of dark fruits. The flavors are semi-dry, of dark berries, smoke, some light hay and barnyard accents, Crystal malt and burnt toast. The finish is a toasted bitter, with LOTS of carbon (indicative of burnt toast... spot on). The palate is extremely smooth and provides a slick, velvety quaff. Very unique for a Saison. Indeed, curious and interesting. Nice experiment here for the 3 brewers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Poured nearly black but didnt seem all that smokey or saison-y. Quite bitter in a grassy/herbal way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1816) - - SEP 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-30-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, color with a two finger cream colored head. The head is rather fluffy with it fading relatively quickly and it leaving behind a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma is a rather interesting blend of smells. There is a rather stronger aroma of char, roasted malt, and some smoke with notes of a yeasty and bready smell as well. Mixed with these aromas are some others of citrus and some spice as well as lots of funk composed of some hay and grassy smells mixed within. Taste The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with hints of darker fruits mixed within. There is a sourness upfront that is accompanied by a lighter yeasty and grassy flavor. The sourness increases with a funkiness developing as the taste moves on more toward the end. A bit of a citrus hop as well as some flavors of pine, smoke and char all come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather sour and tart toasted flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is rather light in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side and consists of lots of little carbonation bubbles. These lighter characteristics are great for all the yeast and citrus saison flavors of the brew, but not the best for the wood, roast and smoke flavors in my opinion. It think this is one thought that is hard to compromise between the differing flavors. Overall This was an interesting and actually quite enjoyable brew. The mix of darker roasted and char flavors with that of yeast, sourness and funk combined to produce a rather tasty combination. This is certainly one to try if you can find it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Dark, even ruby brown with a cm of tan head. Aroma is slightly burnt caramel with light phenolics. First taste is bitter chocolate with burnt, herby, lemony acridness that punches in as a totally separate note and finishes in slightly smokey sulfur. Meh. $4/12oz

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: Pours a amber hued dark brown with a white pinstripe.

Aroma: Low tide at the shore. Tripel yeast, camp fire.

Taste: Spicy dry belgian yeast, firm euro hop spice finishes woody.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied modest carbonation.

Overall: I wasnt that excited to try this. Judging the book by its cover, this didnt sound like a beer Id dig. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy this beer. Stone seems to have a good grip on Saisons, even though this is far from a typical Saison. Id be curious to see what kind of barrels Stone tries to age this beer in, Id probably go with a red wine barrel or a smokey Scotch whiskey barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle brought back home from the States. Black color. Off white to beige head, with good lacing. Aromas: roasted malts, toast, peppery yeast, pine/resin. Retronasal also drop/laurel. Flavor is lightly sweet with fruits and some bitterness, roasted. Medium bodied. Finishes ashy and bitter. Nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
A lightly sweet and milky aroma with more than a dash of smoke to it. An insanely wonderful texture, thick and smooth, a long smoky burst, a little more sweet malt and then a light roasty bitterness with plenty of spicy yeast in the finish.


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