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RATINGS: 403   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
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Capone’s. Dark blackish pour with minimal tan head. Nose was roasty malt, some funk, mild rauch, acidic notes. Tasted malty, somewhat funky, with some floral dryness, and hopcitrus. A lot going on here, but perhaps too much.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8557) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 23, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8330) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap at SmallBar. Pours a dark amber brown with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with a hint of smoke and dark grain. Flavor has dark grains and a hint of smoke that grow to bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown to black with a medium sized head. Some light estery yeast and musk on the nose. I don’t really get much smoke, just smells like a nice floral saison. Medium bodied, esters and a bit of grassiness. Really no smoke or roast coming through here. Sweet wheat comes through, a bit of muskiness. Drinking this blind I’d never think this was dark in color, none of that comes through at all. Tasty but not what I was hoping for.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7970) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle - Slight soy, dar malts and some grass. Jet brown with a thin beige head. Smoke, peat, hop bitterness, and dark malt. I think this works.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle that I have had since the release in the fridge (its really been that long?). Pours with a near black hued body and a thick deep brown head with good retention and lace. Aromas are of floral, pine, juniper and some juicy esters, pomegranate, perfumey. Low smoke. Flavors are smokey, lightly bitter, very estery, and some Stone house flavor. Lightly metallic, odd perfumey and some ester that I cant place (spice like...jasmine or something like that). Crisp apple and bartlett pear. Unique (for a saison, and I am not even trying to comment on the "black" and "smoked" characters...the ester profile of the yeast and interplay with the hops is unique). Fuller bodied, off dry, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7853) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Smoky nose, chocolate, coffee, light spice. Slightly cloudy black with a low, fine tan head. Flavor of spicy yeast, light smoke, coffee, licorice, a bit of dark cocoa. Dry and a bit raw. Bitter finish, though not exactly hoppy. A bit metallic, with some dark fruits and spicy astringency. Somewhat thin body. Very dry, herbal finish. OK, but not what I want in a saison.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a disappearing dark beige head and an earthy anise aroma. There is a somewhat bitter chocolate and burnt treacle flavor. Interesting and very tasty. Tastes nothing like a saison aside from a faint yeasty fruitiness at the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Smoke and yeast aroma with light citrus and light caramel. Smoke and yeast flavor with citrus. Medium bodied. Citrus and yeast linger with light smoke.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Market Wines. The guy who cashed me out said this was awesome; it was the last bottle and I knew it was a collaboration I’d missed, but didn’t notice the ’2012’ on the neck. Sheesh. Anyway, it pours a dark cocoa brown with a small beige head that lasts as a ring and some wisps of film. Aroma of mild smoked malts, chocolate, caramel, mild spice, leather, toast, roast, earth, cardboard, and a little salt. Flavor of earth, roast, baker’s chocolate, mellow smoke, roots, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast. Light-medium bodied, with carbonation that starts low before opening up and bubbling on the palate. Lingering roast and mellow smoke. The Belgian influence can be detected, but it’s minimal here. Definitely showing its age after two years.


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