Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the ACBF. Dark brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lace. Roasted coffee and an almost meaty smoke quality, licorice. Deeply roasted coffee on the palate with a nice funkiness. Finishes with bitter coffee. The body was a little light for the taste.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Just checking things off my Chicago trip and Goose Island was up there. This wasn’t a tradition saison. Dark brown pour with a thin head. Peppery aroma with hints of spice. Easily drinkable and not tough on the palate. Would try again.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (dark chocolate, roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with light notes of gum, clove.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Reasonably pleasant, but forgettable. Not the best mouth experience.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark like a porter with a large tan head. Not a lot on the nose...subtle cocoa, spices, yeast. More chocolate on the tongue with roasted malts and a slight bitterness. Dry finish. Very unique beer.
Svesse (6901) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, dried fruit and dark rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark rye bread, dried fruit, raisins, prunes, brown sugar and hints of black pepper. Hints of yeast shining through. Slightly more than medium body, sweetish, with some spicy bitterness. Quite a nice beer, but far from a saison in my book.
thomas15 (689) - USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with one finger khaki head. roasty, funky smell. really striking fine carbonation. very well constructed beer. slight pepper. roasty barnyard flavor. essentially a black saison. unique, smart, and very nice beer.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011. Pours deceivingly - darker black brown, yet somehow has a transparent appearance. Small, light head that quickly disappears. Really not a bit of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, spicy with cardamom and clove and a touch smoky. Thankfully for me, the smokiness is not like burnt bacon and campfire...just a light, toasty smoke. Flavors are sweet raisin, caramel malt, I do taste faint peppercorn. Light and crisp on the palate, nice carbonation that cleanses the palate. A very interesting saison.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour, clear at the edges but hard to tell if there’s any haziness to it, tan head, good retention, not much lacing in a beer-clean glass. Aroma is baked dark fruits, slight smoke, slight spice, clove. Starts off sweet and slowly fades to a moderately dry finish. Tingly carbonation. Kinda one dimensional on the palate - not much going on there. Nothing special, overpriced a bit.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black with a bit of beige head. The aroma has some ashy, smoke notes followed by a yeasty banana and clove character. The aroma has a peppery spice to it that complements the yeast taste well. Earthy with a dry finish. Interesting beer, not at all what I was expecting.
douglas88 (7234) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet chocolate, dusty and fruity. The flavor is a lot like a Dubbel; very fruity, dry, caramel and chocolate, smooth. How is this a Saison? Am I missing something. Certainly peppery and yeasty, some phenolic, bananas. Still quite nice.