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RATINGS: 393   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
12oz bottle. Black body with a thick, tan head. This was an interesting beer and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Pepper and other spices, smoke, slight funk.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
A - Dark black, hint of brown, finger frothy tan-khaki head. Fades medium. S - Roasted caramel malts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, earthy hops. T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, earthy hops, mild bitterness, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, vanilla, and smoke. M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey and roasty finish. D - Nicely balanced dark saison. The smoke is a nice touch.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that don’t match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors).

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (1523) - FINLAND - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Black. Initially a dose of smoky roasted malts, some darker chocolate. After that, the familiar saison aromas of wheat and yeast come through. Body is med light, some sourness, not much. Saisony wheat, yeasty notes. Not that much of the darkness in the flavour (probably good so). Interesting experiment. I liking the nose more and more now.

-- bb/h(n9)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1523) - USA - AUG 25, 2013
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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle via SL. Light black in color... small head that faded fast. Nose is light toasted malts, slight smoke and some earthy spices. Taste is just mehhh. Light toasted malt, light smoke, spices, earthy. No one flavor standing out. Blended well together but kind of boring to me. Medium to high carbonation. Overall: Nothing to write home about. Kind of expected more with three big names brewing this together

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From the bottle, dark brown, almost black pour with roast and minor smoke in the aroma. Taste has a decent amount of smoke, some pepper, not a lot of saison qualities. It’s ok.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1476) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma of smoke, wheat, coriander, bretta, barnyard, dark malt. Taste is heavy roasted, smoke up front before a sweetish finish that ends light bitter and lingers. Body is light but still somewhat creamy with average carbonation. Thanks ansalon! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12 oz bottle black with a nice white head. Mild nose of yeastiness, The flavors are rather mild with pepper, yeast and some mild maltiness indicated.. Not real impressed with the collaboration..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1463) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger khaki head. Little bit of thin,weak lace. Light smoke on the aroma with Belgian yeast, hint of bubblegum & grass. Earthy smelling. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit taste with a pretty substantial hop bite on the back end. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Easy to drink. Interesting brew.


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