chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap into a tasting glass at GI...A dark brown pour with hints of amber, see through in spots. They need to change the name if its not black. A great off white head that lasts for several minutes, thick, full lacing. Looks great, bad name...An equally impressive aroma, so much going on in complimentary ways; red wine, oak, vanilla, grapes, lactic finish...The taste almost as good, vanilla, oaky red wine, hints of grape soda. Great carbonation and feel. Sour is an accept, crushable sour grape soda with an oak kick.
They got this sour right, go get some asap.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Clyborn brewpub. Pours a deep brown with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma is a familiar Belgian yeast smell with a hint of sour. Medium on the palate with medium to heavy carbonation. Flavor is sour, a little malt, and the wine barrel comes through at the end. A very interesting beer. Very tasty.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Described on the menu as:
"Sour Black Saison aged for one year in a Seguin Moreau Bordeaux barrels"
Color was an interesting deep brown/black with a hint of red tint. Thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass, but not much head other than that, with some spotty lacing here and there.
Aroma & taste are very much dominated by tart/sour grapes with some earthy wood/wine flavors lingering underneath the tartness. Not much going on in the way of your typical typical saison flavors, but all in all a very tasty beer and something I’d drink again without hesitation.
The acidic/tart aspect does limit the drinkability a bit though as I can’t imagine have more than one or two small glasses of this in a sitting. Medium bodied with some lively carbonation and a long, sour finish.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at clybourn pub, pours dark brown-black with off white whispy head. Aroma has a big lacto and Brett profile with dusty grapes, barnyard, and smokey wood barrel. Flavors balance a sweet and tart character, sharp sour grape, moldy earthy wood, big lively Brett, and very cobwebby. Sorta what I imagine infected and carbonated Pinot might taste like. Good body and lively carbonation. Aroma is lacking and the finish was very dirty but this was a nice drinkable sour.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter pour at goose island clybourn. Excited to see this on the menu... Q slightly darker than cola brown pour, almost porter-like, with a thin creamy film of light beige tinted head... Sourt tart red wine influenced, definitely a nice grapey essence. Belgiany saison yeast doesn’t really make an appearance as the wine barrel actually takes hold for the majority. Lighter backing dark grains meander in the background. Mild vinegar acidity also mingle to and fro to boot... Flavors transition smoothly from the nose with tart wine, grapes, and sour character without much acidity or shades of vinegar. Maintains a similar profile mid-palate and finishes on a mild grainy Belgian esthery note. Mouthfeel is semi-sharp at first and meshes well with the light acidity. Pretty nice.