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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Tap @ the Foundry next to McCoy’s Publick House. Comes in a tulip glass with a nicely long lasting, medium thick brown head. The beer is black in color. The rye aspect comes off nicely in the beer as it warms. A very earthy, dry, and strong, almost pumpernickel character comes through that I attribute to the rye. In general, it is safe to say I get black rye bread. Unfortunately, all this does is mask an industrially-stripped Saison that is underneath. The base Saison is missing any nuance or subtlety of a fine style of beer. Its light in body, slightly tart in the finish but in general empty of anything that brings a Saison to life. Its limp, comes off as industrial grade but with cloak of rye to cover up that which is blatantly missing from the style. Its black rye with limp beer underneath.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
opaque with excellent foam cap and moderate lacing. aroma is roast sweetness and beginnings of yeast influence. lips and glass become sticky from resident sugars, flavor produces unsweetened cocoa and more yeast. lips hop/booze sizzle, mouth soft clinging roast. yeast cuts through it and keeps it interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1930) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Tasted on draft at Bad Apple. Pours almost black with a tint of amber. The head is thin but long lasting and off-white. Nose of rock candy, yeast, some breadiness, and both light coffee and coconut. Flavor is very light considering the color with citrus, candy, black pepper, yeast and bread. The dark malt comes through on the back with coffee and chocolate. Carbonation and body are both fairly light with a long, dark finish. Overall, this beer is good but not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a cloudy brown color with a thin layer of off-white foam. Spotty lacing. The aroma was definite roasted malts and even some chocolate with a touch of yeast. The flavor was mostly roasted malts and light chocolate cut with some spices and yeast. Thin to medium in body. Tasted more like a Belgian ale than a saison to me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Draft @ Coles in Buffalo NY> Darker cola colored pour. Aromas of dried fruit, almost aventinus like, black pepper, raisins, cloves. Taste is peppery, sweet malts, minor maltiness & clove. Different & pretty enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Original Rating (5/3/2010): On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a deep brown body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly spicy with a light sweetness. Pepper, rye, earth, and some roast along with a Belgian yeastiness. Some caramel, berries, and a faint citrus. Flavor is similar. Spicy, yeasty, estery, and a light malty sweetness. The roast comes out just a touch at the end with a nice peppery rye and earthy, spicy finish. Dry with a light bitterness and a medium length aftertaste. Body is fairly light and almost thin at times, but very easy drinking. Light carbonation and mostly clean. Overall, a cool beer. Lighter with a nice spice and estery, yeasty fruits. Not bad (7,4,7,3,14=3.5). Re-rate (10/7/2012): 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 01/02/11. Pours a glowing, very deep brown colored body with a bit of a ruby hue around the edges. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big estery, berry dark fruits up front with a lightly spiced, Belgian yeast. Some bready malts with a light sweetness, a touch of peppercorn, and just a hint of toastiness. Flavor is similar. Estery dark fruits up front with a lightly spiced Belgian yeastiness. Lightly sweetened bready malts in the middle with a touch of caramel, a light earth, and a few floral peppercorn notes. Finishes somewhat dry with a light, peppery spicing and a good amount of dark fruit esters. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty old bottle, so I’m going to keep my original rating. The berry esters have really picked it up a lot over the 2 years since this was bottled and the peppercorn has faded. Not worth holding onto for so long.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap @ Sugar Maple some weeks back. Pours to a dark brown body with a quickly dissipating tan head. The aroma has a light chocolate and earthy yeast. Flavors of chocolate, bananas, and earthy yeasts. Yellow raisins and dark stone fruits. Palate is clean even with the heavy texture. Effervescent. Black pepper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
(tap at Acadia) Pours black with a white head that retains. Aroma of funk, mushroom, roasted malt, light chocolate, and some spices as well. Taste is lightly funky, roasted malt, with some flavors of smoke and chocolate. There is black pepper present, but it’s very subtly integrated and only present on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is lively. Sounded good, but was ultimately forgettable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2010
On tap at hopcat. Murky brown body with beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, chocolate and spice. Flavor is more subtle than expected. Chocolate, spice, banana, and herbal elements. A bit weaker than I was hoping

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
On tap @ Old Chicago. Pours ahazy brown with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocoate, rye, Belgian yeast. Flavors of rye, dark chocolate, and various spices (black pepper?). I had no idea what this was when I ordered it, but it turned out to be very good and rather unique.


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