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RATINGS: 748   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Tap at BT. This one was a winner, maybe only becuase it was on tap next to thier lex raspberry saison which sucked. Pours a deep dark brown amber with a nice lasting head. Aroma is spicy earthy toast, ryebread, light burnt notes phenolic spicy salty yeast and light doughiness- some black pepper and light cardamon come out as it warms. Flavor is light sweet chocolate cake, with hints of mint chocolate? Strange but good in that respect, then the mint goes with the grassy herbal phenolics, and a drying leather feel in the back of the mouth- clean dry and spicy in the end. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Draft. Pours deep dark ruby brown with a beige head. Sweet toffee-esque malty aroma with a dark fruity sweetness. The flavor is a bit busy, with toffee, toast, and some fruity/spicy notes. Definitely different, not that bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2311) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Draft. Weird. I mean it was a dark saison, of course it was weird. Sort of like a dunkel or something. Interesting but don’t want another.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
[Darft @ WaCo] Hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, toast, rye, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste was citrusy, some tart wheat, spice, and light sweetness, dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (873) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Tap. Cloudy brown pour with thin off-white foam. Roasted nuts, chocolate and spice. Did not taste like a saison...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum
Aroma soft nose, grainy , hint of wheat and fruit , flowery medium softness.6+
Appearance comparing to aroma uneventful dark appearance, hint of ruby red .Light top.
Flavor and Palate : mid bodied , blend of darker roasted ale with lighter easy going saison here. Personally I don’t like this combination. It is messy and confused.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
On tap at the Sunset Grill in Boston. Pours quite dark cloudy amber with foamy head. Bready yeast and sweet malt aroma, with some spicy notes. Flavor a bit floral with noticeable yeast, dried fruit, citrus and spices. Lingering slight aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Draft at Rattle. Poured into a goblet.. black in color. Taste is sweet, yeasty, a bit dry in the finish. Some peppery notes to couple.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Draught at Sycamore. Black and dark. Malty. I don’t know who called this a saison. More like a light Quad. Yeast gives in the Belgian taste, but not a saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2477) - 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.


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