conway (2107) - - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a big off white head. Aroma is saison like yeast with a rye like note. Taste is standard saison with a small but prominent burst of smoke out front. Smooth body, but missing the pleasant lively carb I like in a saison. More interesting than good.
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Reid (2096) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem.
Black beer with a nice tan head..lovely.
Nice smokey aromas..like crispy roasted ham , a hint of saison and some light hop.
Taste is more sweet grapefruit hop and a little saison dryness..the smoke for some reason is not so pleasing inn the taste as it was in the nose..more ashy.
Nice juicy mouthfeel.
Nice unusual beer
r464 (2091) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, lightly smokey, hints of dark malt. A bit of bitterness in a hoppy way through the finish. Interesting and different.
NikkTwist (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Very, very dark orange brown pour with some little foamy circling galaxies. Dark Saison with some smoke. Burnt celery. Raisin pie. Cigarettes. Molasses. Rotted pears. Thyme. Smoked salmon. A sweet juicy black syrupy floral stout. Also a touch of sour and smoke. Thick palate. Hard to define. More complex than the other "Dark Saisons" I have had. Very interesting, well made and thought out. Just not sure if I really like drinking it.
That1Guy (2090) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear brown with a sticky head. Very astringent at first. Once it warms, it opens up a bit. Definite Saison tendencies on the nose. Flavor is still pretty astringent, with bitter malts and smoke fighting with each other and creating a bit of a mess. Just ok.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with a slight ruby tint, a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.
smell is of cocoa, spice, nuts, roasted malt, and a little smoke.
taste is sour, cocoa, yeast, a little bit of fruit, and hops. ends dry and somewhat bitter.
PotjeBier (2080) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle brought back home from the States. Black color. Off white to beige head, with good lacing. Aroma’s: 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!
ansalon (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smoked dark fruitson the nose along with coffee, Taste is quite mild with notes of honey and cloves.
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rubbishystuff (2069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 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
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.