jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with good, foamy, tan head / Creamy, smooth, nose of roast barley, banana / Medium body, creamy and grassy, moderate acidity, with good balance and finish / Elegant, subdued, flavors of cocoa, plum, smoke, tobacco, and banana, with spicy rye finish / A smooth, easy drinker, with a tasty, mellow, flavor profile.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours murky cola color with a small off-white head that doesn’t last too long. Smells of rye, tropical fruit, light floral hopping, and just a touch of the peppery yeast from the description. Taste is light spice, rye, and a touch of floral hoppiness. Crisp and fresh, with a bit of sweetness, and a finish that has a clove spiciness throughout. Well-carbonated and smooth, I like this one.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is black with a light tan head, ok retention, really good lacing.
The aroma is pretty light, only gives off a little floral hops that’d you expect in a saison. The finish has a tiny bit of chocolate.
The taste is a complete reverse of the aroma, tons of sweet chocolate throughtout, you’d never guess this was a saison, more a light chocolate stout. Its really smooth and easy to drink.
This beer is really good to drink, just don’t call it a saison or drink it expecting to get that.
jandd1983 (1898) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured a brownish color with a nice head. The aroma was a bit chocolatey and nice fruitiness with some peppery notes that had light earthy presence. The flavor was very bready like a nice loaf of bread with some peppery flavoring. Very good overall.
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thin, creamy, long lasting beige head. Aroma is roast, dusty grain, floral and fruity notes, pepper, nice rye, sweet bread spice, a touch of smoke and hints of soured grain. Flavor is pepper, dried stone fruit, a little smoke, earthy root vegetables, more grainy almost fresh tasting rye than the aroma lets on, a touch of chocolate sweetness, yeasty bread and a little dried orange peel and pepper for the finish. Palate is light to medium bodied (a little more viscous than I expected), mostly dry, but slightly creamy on entry gradually drying to the finish to have a fairly crisp, slightly chalky finish. Good stuff, interesting take on the style.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle (Bottled:1/7/11. #: 1143.): Aroma of malt, spice, light pepper, light birch beer, slight rye, slight Marsala wine, and light yeast. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a large, creamy, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Good lacing. Complex flavor of malt, pepper, yeast, slight to light rye, light roasting, and a hint of chocolate. Also had a kind of general Saison flavor to it. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, light pepper, light rye, finish is lightly dry.
monkeychugg55 (815) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a cola color, black in the glass, with a small light tan head. The aroma is mostly Belgian yeast with banana and clove, but also has some black pepper, bunt rye toast, and a dash of funky citrus. The flavor has a lot less potency than the aroma. There is not much going on, seems very muted compared to the aroma. Sweetness becomes toasty bitterness, with a touch of soap on the finish. Light on the palate, with a small amount of frothy carbonation. All in all I’m not really impressed with this one.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cola covered body with a lasting ring of tan head. Aromas of banana and roasted malt. Flavors are the same with a caramel note. Some spice and vegetal notes on the finish.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a finger of beige head, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy with Belgian yeast and some spiciness. The taste is a bit odd. There is lots of abbey taste in there, but some strange spiciness that I can only describe as funky rye.
Tmoney99 (9588) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, spice, and yeast aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I enjoyed this beer.