AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Ruby brown color with tan head. Nice dark rye bread, roasty, herbal, earthy dirt, Saison spice aromas. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Dry hay, medium roast malt, bready, Saison spicy yeast flavors____lightly drying finish---good.
jbrana (352) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting blend of roasty and tart. Rather light bodied, but packed full of flavor. Has some slight coffee, chocolate, pepper, and tartness.
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, thick beige head; aroma is yeasty, dark fruits; taste is malt, smoke, ash, dark fruits; yeasty, dry finish; enjoyable.
mnurda (1087) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample from happy harrys. My first black saison. Pours brownish with minimal head. boozy tasting and delicious
rondphoto (1551) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Party Source / Bellvue KY Clear, very dark mahogany with a spotty head cover, sheet of lace rising 1" out of the drink. Taste is slightly sour malt with dark fruit that becomes more pronounced in the palate. The finish returns to a slight sourness. Overall, acceptable, but not as complex as it seems it should be, and a long way from the saisons with which I’m familiar.
mnoud (254) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2014.01.21 - Goose Island Pepe Nero - 12oz bottle in pint glass. 2012 vintage - bottled 04/17/2012
Aroma: smells like a Belgian Strong Ale. Hints of coffee, some dried fruit.
Appearance: Pours around upper 30s on SRM scale. Deep walnut brown with reddish highlights. Mostly opaque. 1-2 finger foamy tan head lingers, dissipates slowly to a tan slick.
Taste: somewhat but not overly complex, basically a complex malty fruity front with a bit of roast quickly followed by mild alcohol heat and a mild tart end. Agree with characterization below, more hoppy and mild grass.
Palate/Mouthfeel: medium, a bit creamy.
Overall: It’s definitely in my ballpark and clearly vying for me as a customer given I like big Belgian ales. Ultimately I am hit or miss on Saisons ( and this seems like a pretty heavy dark saison) and there are other Goose Island brews in this series that I prefer. Not bad though.
Aroma 5/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 12/20
trapped (604) - TURKEY - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown with slight reddish tint, spongy large beige head, caramel aroma, high carbonation, caramel-mocha taste mixed with roasted malt, longish finish. Very similar to a good porter.
AKORN (95) - Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Floral aroma. Nice pour, no head. Very light Begian taste with a bit of chocolate and malt.
NikkTwist (1397) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Opaque pour. Nice foamy white head up front. Dark spicy malt with some dark red sour fruit. Chocolate nibs. Spicy dark tropicals. Prunes. Somewhat bizarre mix of flavors, but works quite well. Well worth trying.
rederic (2890) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
765ml bottle, bottled 02/12/13, deep dark brown color, with a fluffy beige-kaki head, with a nice belgian yeast, faint chocolate nose, with some light dark dried fruit, chocolate chip cookie dough, raisin pie accents, and a toasted, biscuity, chocolate, caramel malt, faint spicy pepper corn, mocha, apple sauce note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good fruity, doughy, yeasty, mild dark bitter chocolate, spicy pepper corn, dark dried fruit character, with some roasted, toasted, caramel malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate pie crust, faint mocha, chocolate ice cream, apple sauce flavours, leading towards a yeasty, doughy, dark dried fruit fruitiness, faint dark bitter chocolate, mild pepper corn spiciness finish.