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RATINGS: 776   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A black rye saison that combines a roasted/smoky malt character in balance with a pepper spice from the yeast. Finishes dry with a refreshing level of carbonation.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
765 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a medium to large tan head. Aroma is malts, rye. Taste is malts, spices, chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - OCT 13, 2014
Smells of black raspberries. Pitch black color. Low head. Licorice taste amid a heavy malt body. Unbitter. Complex and heavy. Like it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pitch black, nice Lacey head. Some licorice, blackberry nose. Blackberry tingling taste. licorice building up . Medium aftertaste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATulloch (134) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle from deeside drinks emporium. Bottled on 15/01/2013 Pours an almost jet black with a off white head which slowly fades. Excellent lacing. Aromas of smoke, boozy plum and a little of that typical Belgian whiff. Flavour is a smokey treacle with a slight peppery hint. Has a nice sweetness to the finish that resembles a boozy plum again. Lovely intricate beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1741) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
February 2013 bottle drank in September 2014. 1.5 years old. Dark brown with a red tint, with a disappearing, frothy, thin, creamy head. Nice sweet smell of malt with rye, prunes and a peppery, smokey sour cherry touch. Caramel. Medium to full oily body with no carbonation. A slight dry finish. Initial taste of bitter nut with a caramel middle and a cherry yeasty, liquorice finish. Leaves the mouth with a sour prune lingering. I never thought of a saison like this. Very easy to drink and super excited aged some more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeverszeuge (636) - GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
# 3514 ersma: wie der name schon impliziert mit schwarzem pfeffer gebraut. auf der flasche ist zu lesen, dass sie lebendige hefe enthält und bis zu fünf jahre weiterreift. warum dnn schluss ist, wird nicht erläutert. pechschwarz im glas, oben viel beige-bräunlicher schaum, der recht stabil ist. der geruch ist süßlich und röstmalzig, aromen von lakritz und vanile, etwas schoko und etwas pfeffer. der antrunk ist röstmalzig mit viel karamell, dazu lakritz und schoko, dahinter eine leichte schärfe, die zur mitte schon deutlicher wird. da ich ja mehrere biere mit tabasco oder szechuanpfeffer braue, weiß ich, dass diese schärfe sich mit jedem schluck addiert. der abgang bringt anflüge von hopfenherbe mit, aber nur anflüge. die schärfe wird etwas ausgeprägter, ohne wirklich scharf zu sein, das kommt halt erst nach mehreren schlucken. karamell und lakritz sind noch vorhanden, nehmen jedoch deutlich ab. die flasche mit dem mattschwarzen etikett ist ansehnlich. fazit: schön ausbalanciertes belgisches ale, dem der pfeffer noch das besondere gibt. unbedingt probierenswert. 13,12,11,11,13,11 - 11,45 28/9/14

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Not sure why i hadn’t reviewd this yet, but here goes. While a very well crafted beer, the combination of dark malts and a saison type beer is a stylistic miss for me. This gives the impression that it is about as good as the style gets. I just prefer a light sunshiney feel to my saisons, and black malt cant really pull that off. the chocolate roastiness and pepper combo was interesting, though. I’d have this brew again fo sho, just wouldnt seek it out."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (911) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours clear, dark brown with a small, short lasting, light brown soda-head. Aroma has malty roast and caramel, slightly bready grains, some chocolate and some herbs. But overall not a whole lot of aroma in this one. Taste has a bit more funk to it, some hop-bitterness, and some more fresh, subtle bitter-sour notes. Still these roasty licorice, coffee and chocolate-notes. Really easy drinking with a fairly high carbonation and a smooth body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3861) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz - 2011 vintage) Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head. Slightly chocolatey and roasted aroma overtop a spicy and peppery yeast note. Flavor has a lot of that spicy farmhouse earthy flavor at the start with a roasted chocolate and burnt malt bitterness coming up at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2661) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
765 ml bottle purchase at The LCBO on Rideau and King Edward (Ottawa) on August 24, 2014. Black, small head. Malty pepper aroma, some ripe fruit notes. Pepper and fruit juice taste, a bit of dry yeast, very spicy aftertaste. The peppercorn is really not over done in this saison!


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