badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a large head. Spicy aroma, plenty of yeast and light brown sugar. Yeast and spice ditto for flavor. Light bitterness and floral hop taste. Thick body.
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/7/2011. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is peppery spice, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bananas and dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted and charred/burnt malt, bananas, peppery spice, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Thereís also a slight bitter roasty/burnt finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and silky and has good carbonation. A little too much carbonation for me, but thatís not a big deal. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and enjoyable. I think itís a solid overall brew, itís definitely worth a try. I liked it.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 1-7-2011. Pours a very clean, deep black color with a tall, tan head with a very strong staying power. Aroma has a strong saison sweetess with some light estery presence. A nice roasted kiss is present with a a peppery note that resides in the back of your throat after a sniff, kinda like when you sniff some fresh ground pepper. Flavor starts off with an awesome saison sweetness combined with a light peppery kick and smooth roasted malt presence. The middle has more of a Belgian ale yeast sweetness too it, similar in yeasty character as Matilda. It finishes with a peppery, light black malt roasted presence. Body is pretty light with a semi-crisp feeling, lower carbonation and not much alcohol detected at all. Very good brew as the back of the throat peppery flavor really compliments the light roasted and saison light sweetness.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours like a porter. peculiar roasty stout saison mixture. initial aromas of roasted coffee, dates, doughy figgy pudding, black pepper, and raisins. taste is roasty, light smoke, herbal. spices. if you want a rustic, old world saison, this may not be your thing. at times the roast and earthy herb combo seemed a bit muddled. good carbonation. refreshing, easy to drink. bit of an identity crisis, but overall better than expected.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark crimson brown with a large lightly tanned beige head. Spicy rye and some caraway notes up front, nice big Belgian yeast phenolics. Medium bodied, sweetness up front before lots of spicy rye and peppery yeast take over, very smooth and well structured. Nice yeast notes throughout, finishes up with some more phenolic yeast notes, and a slowly warming alcohol note. Nice stuff.
Hair6a11 (1476) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Retains fairly well - Nice lacing in this snifter. Iím going to give them some credit for trying something different (for me). Itís an odd feeling to get that belgian yeast/fruit ester aroma on a beer that looks like this one. What the hell. The beer pours a little over carbonated, in my opinion. The roasted malt profile is muted, overall, when compared to the typical saison characteristics. "Pepper spice" are certainly on the muted side as well, however. This is a decent brew, for sure -
andyhwcinc (1822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the mega Whole Foods in Chicago, IL while getting some pizza. Appearance pure oil black with thin off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma coffee and chocolate, not very pungent, nice. Taste of chocolate, brewers licorice, pepper-y, a bit of alcohol, very thick, a little carbonation, feel slightly bloated while drinking it. All in all pretty good and unique, wasnít really expecting it.
thedark (1) - USA - FEB 5, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid. Roasted cloves/peppercorns, good carbination & mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly.
BelgianBeerGal (3794) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Beer kitchen. Dark brown and amber color with a small offwhite head and lacing. Light fruity aroma and sweet malt. Darker malt shows up in the flavor. Tasty.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark cola color. Tan head. Aromas of yeast and malt. Medium body. Taste malt with some spice. Not a much carbonation as the typical saison. Easy drinkability.