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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4660) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle from Country wine and spirits
Appearance: Pours black with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, saison yeast, esters, mild smoke and chocolate
Taste: Spices, yeasty, wet blanket and chocolate
Nice and tasty, I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
Bottled. Burgundy coloured. Dense light brown head. ARoma: sweetness, fruits, smoke, yeast, Flavour: Herbs, sweetness, smoke, yeast, fruits. Medium to full bodied. Subtle smoke together with some roast and yeast in the end. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head that leaves really good lacing. Smells of smoked malt, Belgian yeast, black pepper, roasted malt, and grass. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with a nice sweet smoked flavor that shines in the aftertaste. As it warms you can taste a slight oak flavor as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation. Overall this is a great collaboration with 3 great breweries involved. Really liked the oak smoked malts added it makes it unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1364) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours black with a brown head and slight tart and roasty aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is sweet and smokey, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, fruit notes, and spices with a bitter, spicy finish. Very enjoyable, flavorful brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (739) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color with a bit of head. Tastes like a mild saison with some hop flavors. Very intriguing and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (208) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark pour, tan head. Aroma is a hint smokey with typical but much more subtle than usual bready yeasty saison. Distinctly Belgian in flavor with a hint of smoke and a Stone style finish. Pleasure to drink very hard to describe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
pours chestnut with transient head. nose is rich with apricot and cherry. Nice tart fruit bite leads to a sweet brown malty ride. Finishes with toast, jam, and a smoky hue. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
From memory: bottle. Pours nearly black, though not opaque. First whiff, smells simply of classic Belgium yeast. Clean and focused. Palate is also clean, round and smooth. Classic saison flavors, though made in a very crowd-friendly manner. Not to bitter, not to sour, and not to funky... I was hard-pressed to find much smoke in this beer.. Maybe a hint of ash.. Which wasn't disappointing, as I was enjoying the beer just as it was... I would simply consider this a "Black Saison", as the smoke is not prominent. A good beer. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
12 oz bottle from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a good looking medium/thinner density dark black body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma was interesting and nice, notes of light smoke, roastiness, touch of chocolate from the dark malts, wet bread, saison spiceyness, wet white pepper, older citrus rinds. Medium/fuller body with average to stronger carbonation that leaves a creamy feel that is well balanced by the carbonation and an aveage aftertaste that is dry...just normally dry not "unexplainably dry". Flavor is a tad short of the aroma. Notes of wet burnt bread crusts, slight white pepper, citrus rinds, earthy, older fruits and some solid chocolate notes towards the end. I wasn’t expecting much from this but am very pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9700) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, charcoal, citrus,pepper and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, earthiness, pepper and light yeast with a crisp dry lingering smokey finish.

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