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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
January 3rd, 2011 (Pre-AB) 12oz bottle. This was an interesting beer. Poured a dark brown color, with a light tan head. Aroma was, well like a Belgian ale, touch of pepper and roasted notes. Flavor was a tad pepper, saison-like qualities. Would be an interesting beer after a few years.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2087) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an nearly opaque dark brown-black color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is moderate in strength with Belgian yeasts and dark roasted malts. The flavor is complex with roasted grains, mixed fruits, cocoa and mild spices. The palate is silky smooth and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: I thought that this was a fair black saison.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (6033) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with manuchampions, pours dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma of rye, peppercorn and dark malts. Flavour of iodine, ash / burnt notes, rye and pepper. No idea how this is a saison. Not too stimulating.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2011
Black in color with an off white head. Outstanding lacing. The aroma consist of vanilla, caramel and grains. Watery on the palate. Has lively carbonation. There is a spicey finish to the beer. I was hoping for more of a peppercorn spice to it. It was a good beer though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black (weird for a saison) with a nice creamy tan head, again is this a saison. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee (again is this a saison?), there maybe some funky aromas in there, but it could be in my imagination. The flavor is more Belgian, yeast, banana esters, pepper, roasted malts, coffee. The description says roasted black saison, and I guess it matches that description, nice beer. Budweiser sucks!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a nearly-black beer with a mocha-colored head and some nice retention. The nose has a bit of earth and pepper along with some Belgian yeast spiciness. The peppercorn really stands out in the nose, and that carries over into the flavor. A bit of roasted malt in the flavor along with some earthy woodiness. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of spice and good carbonation. Drinks fairly well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-15-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
Pours porter-like, red highlights. Head runs away. Ester/banana nose. Relatively flat, lots of malt. Careful hopping but interesting finish. Very nice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is fruity sweet and roasty malt. Flavor is light roast malt, light banana, earthy, Belgian spice, and a bit of sourness.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19230) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2011
Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Black, minimal head. Careful roasty nose with some black pepper. Dryish with clean mouthfeel. Rather tinny with markes coffee-like roastiness. The clean, hard malt is surrounded by sloppy syrup. To hard malt character for any flavours to come out, making it feel unpleasantly metallic - like licking a lamp post. Fades out with low bitterness. Rock hard malt in a saison = FAIL.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
22oz bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep cola red pour, huge fluffy lasting tan head. Aroma - saison? dunno, but it’s roasty, green grassy hoppy, a bit pungent. Taste - sharp, spicy, deep roast, moderate alcohol - pretty yummy. Solid body, average carbonation, decent spiciness ... can’t express it, but pretty solid, if not "on style" for saison.


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