brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is dark brown in color with reddish hints to it and a fairly large off-white head.
S: Not the most fragrant beer, but the aromas are mostly imparted by the yeast. Banana and hints of clove with a definite peppery quality. Touches of roasted malt and sweet wheat bread in the background.
T: A fairly similar story on the palate. This beer is decently dry with tons of banana notes to go along with some of the other spices, and itís quite peppery as well. Somewhat roasty, but more earthy than anything.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: I wouldnít have pegged this as a saison type of beer just from drinking it. Itís not bad, but fairly uninspiring.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell of this beer reminds me of GABF. Dark fruits, toasted walnut shells, and maybe some kale. Itís a weird one, but I like it. Nice mouthfeel. For a dark colored beer, itís pretty refreshing.
Nephilium (1408) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts with a bit of a tart aroma, that changes to a roasted aroma quickly. Pours an opaque black, with a huge light tan head. Mild rye taste, with hints of smoke and roast. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with good level of carbonation. Very light on the palate, and very drinkable. Iíll be grabbing a couple of bottles of this to cellar and see what happens.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a fairly deep black color with a touch of brown around the edges with a finger-plus of off-white head slightly off-white head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.
S - Aroma is a blend of some toffee malts and some light sweet fruit (pears). A bit of yeast also in the background.
T - Starts off with deep caramel malts and some peppery spices. Also a touch of light fruits and a bit of darker fruit flavor (plum). Through the middle some more sweet fruit flavors come through alongside some smoked tastes. Bit of yeast also. The finish is a mix of yeast, some smoky flavor, and some peppery spices that lingers a bit.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low amount of carbonation. A touch watery, but otherwise feels fairly smooth and a touch smoky and spicy. Fairly dry finish.
D - Fairly drinkable. Taste is a bit different than most saisons with the smoky flavors. Otherwise, interesting and different and fairly tasty. Pretty decent balance.
jstraw (1937) - 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 (2847) - 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 doesnít 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 (3483) - 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 thatíd 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, youíd 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 donít call it a saison or drink it expecting to get that.
jandd1983 (2745) - 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 (2003) - 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.