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 (6939) - 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.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aromatics provide deeply roasted malts, caramel malt and a clove-like phenol. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and timid carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and quite roasty, but there is not much else going on. Finishes lightly minerally and fairly bland. Is that Dupont’s saison yeast, I detect? Maybe not. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excited to see these on the shelves. Dark mahogany that nears ebony with a 1/2 inch latte head. Lots of ash, char, and smoke accompanying dark fruit like raisin, plum, and grape. Spicy...including cracked pepper. Little bit of yeast and even a bit of banana sweetness with the lemongrass, citrus rind, and pith. Earthy. Overall good.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, 2011 vintage received as an extra in a recent trade with lurchingbeast. Thanks again Frank!
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears near black in the glass and completely opaque with a one finger frothy yellowish beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with rings and splotches of soapy lacing.
Slightly earthy vinous aroma with an interesting combination of roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. A touch funky with a slight vegetal character as well as hints of grape, raisin and plum. Maybe some candy sugar along with some zesty pepper. A bit of chocolate and chili in the nose.
Medium bodied and a bit creamier/fuller than expected with some tight carbonation up front that fades toward the end of the swallow. The spicy/peppery presence from the aroma is very powerful and dominates the flavor, lingering throughout into a spicy dry finish. In addition to black pepper I’m picking up some chilies that give the beer some heat in the finish. It’s also slightly earthy and funky but not as much as the aroma suggests. A good balance of roasted malt, dark fruit and spice. Hints of roasted chocolate, toast, grape, fig, raisin and plum. Slightly sweet and vinous but the dark malt notes and spicy peppers even things out. It could be to heavy on the spice for some but I enjoyed it.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. I don’t know why, but I’m often skeptical and dubious about dark Saisons. I do appreciate some more complex malt depth to examples of the style, but there’s a darkness threshold, in my humble opinion. This one noses in the fruitier raisin and Dubbel-like tones. Flavors same too, except heavier banana and clove esters and phenols. Solid dryness, slight toasted complexity. A good spring sipper, I think, but departs from the base style a bit too much for my tastes, without a farmhouse-like rustic quality.
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Amber beer with a big beige head. Yeasty and fruity aroma, banana notes. Malty yeasty flavor with some sweet fruits.