AshtonMcCobb (3107) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 355ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with just a little head. On the nose, there is a hint molasses or maybe treacle scones. On the taste, there is rye bread or barrabrith. The palate is at least medium in structure and has a nice medium texture and the finish drops away gently.
beerbastard (736) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did not care for this one. First of all, where did Saison or farmhouse ale come from re this beer. I donít always judge a beer by comparing it to the style. Its not even in the ballpark. Very dark brown. Burnt and roasty nose with a slight sour dark fruit. Surprisingly thin palate. Flavors very subdued, burnt malts, earthy. Astringent mild sour and dry finish. Didnít work for me.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with large tan head. nose of some dark malt with belgian esters and tropical fruit intermixed. carbonation is medium for style. some bitterness before lemon and more tropical yeast notes prior to a smokey and likely special b malt lingering flavor. a dry finish with a long taste. i am somewhat surprised to see itís a black saison, as i thought it was a dark strong ale, but it makes sense and its a wonderful beer
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Goose Island.
The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and an off-white head.
The aroma is caramel and Belgian yeast, with some spiced notes and a little bit of chocolate.
The flavor is similar. I get some chocolate notes, as well as quite a bit of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, pepper and some light Belgian candy sugar.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with a creamy tan head. Roasted malts with fresh bread, sweet apples, a nice barnyard aroma, toasted biscuits, and a slight smokiness all in the nose. Wonderful aroma! The smokiness is evident in the taste, but mostly the fresh bread really kicks in. Nice cereal grains, sweet and slightly acidic fruity esters, and the best part...the barnyard/funk taste. Excellent saison!!
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This pours black with a nice welcoming off white head. Good head retention along with a healthy carbonation level. The aroma is much more fruity than spicy, welcoming the drinker with mild banana & some ripe red apple. This aroma, however, is deceptive and is a virtual paradox as the flavor is quite different from the aroma. Interesting blend of ripe fruits and an almost smokey flavor. The blend of flavor had me perplexed at first, but then I started to find it quite welcoming. It is almost like a banana split. Chocolate and ripe banana with a nice depth. As far as saisons go, I think this is only like a Saison when the yeast comes to the forefront. Other than that, just a very nice departure from the norm. But isnít that what Saison is all about anyway.
Once again, Goose Island goes deep. I will enjoy this for the rest of the night. Delicious, delicious beer.
bhensonb (11673) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Slightly sour malt aroma. Med. body. Hint of banana, some spice. Peppery spice. Gently earthy.
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours ruby with an attractive beige head and a candi sugar aroma. There is a peppery malt flavor with some banana ester and a bitter slightly acidic finish.. A nice barnyard flavor.
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, big off-white head. Coffee and nutty aroma, plus some black pepper. Light and crisp palate. Flavor is nutty and peppery, with some lightly sweet notes. Some cherry, fruity notes as it warms. Pretty tasty, actually.
BeerCast_Rich (1896) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[355ml bottle, Appellation Wines, Edinburgh] Pours like a glass of Coca Cola, albeit without the carbonation. Pretty much totally flat. Aromas of Belgian yeast and clovey spice - not much pepper evident on the nose. Some rye notes on the palate. Thereís a herbal spiciness rather than a pepper kick, but it may not have been added in large amounts. To be honest I was expecting interesting stuff from this given the ingredients and the pour - but itís an average Belgian beer. Still above average of course, compared with other beers