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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
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 isn’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7454) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
[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. There’s 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 it’s an average Belgian beer. Still above average of course, compared with other beers [11042011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
on tap at the Saucer(LittleRock) pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roast with rye and thin maple notes. Flavor is roasty, dry, pine, wheat, fruity yeast and a spiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours brown that allows no light to pass through with a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left very little lace. Pleasant fruity aroma with some spice notes in the nose as well. The flavor is malty and fruity along with some mild spice. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maley1 (884) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
Dark pour. Aroma of malt and pepper. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Pepper very prevalent on the taste but a little to much for my liking, but a fine beer otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
Bottle. Black with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are bready yeast and liquorice with coffee and burnt toast. Leather with oil and dark Winter berries. Flavours are blackberries with coffee, dark chocolate and herbal notes. Dark cherries with spritzy yeast. Likeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3178) - California, USA - APR 5, 2011
5 April 2011, bottle. Black rye saison certainly seems to give it an odd colour. ruby brown colour, clear, steady bubbles w/ slight lacing. nose is not a barnyard saison either. wet bread yeastiness w/ soft, dark fruity yeastiness. med body and fairly fizzy. nice taste! rich cherry cola, soft chocolate, MAYBE some pepperiness. actually, there is something spicy about it. I think this is a great beer. i have serious problems labeling it a saison, regardless of the "black rye" delimiter. this is more a black rye strong belgian ale than a saison of any kind. but it’s a nice one!

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