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RATINGS: 765   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8576) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2932) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
12oz bottle from Archers. Pours brown with a medium, tan head. Aroma is fruity with hints of yeast and spices. Flavor is sweet and fruity with sugary, peppery, and malty notes and some nuts, rye, yeast, and caramel as well. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Easy drinking this brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a thinnish beige head. Light showing through the edges. Nose shows the spice of the rye, roasted malts, interesting Belgian yeast, and chocolate. Similar taste. A bit thin. Interesting, but not blowing me away.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2011
draft - Pours near black with a lasting light tan one finger head. The aroma is of roast malt, chocolate, and spicy yeast. The flavor is of roast malt, chocolate, yeast and spice. It’s medium bodied and lively on the palate. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pours deep black with a tan fading head.really malty in taste. The smell is sort of wet doggish.refreshing and mild in flavor and body.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (179) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2011
2011 vintage. Bottled 01/03/11 and reviewed 04/04/11. Poured in a port glass. Pours a dark, clear mahogany with a thin, light tan head. Rye malt aroma. Slightly smoky. Taste is of spicy rye. Piny hops in the finish. Medium/full body with a long, slightly sweet finish. The bottle says it will get better with age to 5 years. I’ll have to remember to hold a couple back... if I can.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1539) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle picked up at StateLine. Shared by Robert the Bruce of SL.... This bottle was consumed at home. Poured aggresively into a snifter. Good creamy colored head. Nose of slight smoke, malt and some peat moss. Taste is nice little smokiness with a touch of sweetness. Rye and some pepper as well. Dry...Unique. Medium body, creamy... Overall... A unique saison from AB (hahahhah) just kidding stuff from GI.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6093) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
bottle, thanks to pawola22 in trade, dark black brown pour with tan foam, aroma is chocolatey, dark fruit with a cashew, caramel, belgian fruit flavor

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5347) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2011
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted coffee, banana, and faint apple. It’s a dark brown with a minimal off-white head that fades to nothing. The flavor starts with chocolate and light roastiness. There’s a hint of banana in the background. The finish has light apple and roast. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.


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