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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a glass. It’s over one and a half years old, so fingers crossed it’s held up. A: Pours a hazy chestnut color with tons of evident carbonation. The head is a two finger mocha shade. Very airy in texture, it retains itself quite well - fantastically, even. Leave it sitting long enough, and excellent lacing will be left on the glass. S: A one-two-three punch of caramel, chocolate, and nuts really come through once this warms up. Before that, the aroma mainly consists of bready Belgian yeast and just a touch of black pepper spice. Not really getting how this is even a dark saison - this smells like a Belgian brown ale with some spiciness. Pleasant nonetheless. T: The flavors seem to reveal more in the way of roasted coffee notes, especially around the midtaste. It opens with bready yeast flavors, developing a faint fruit quality (apples, pears, white grapes) right before the roast takes over. Chocolate, caramel, and sliiight (emphasis on all the i’s, it’s faint) cherry esters come out on the aftertaste. I’m beginning to wonder if the pepper notes have died down with age, because I’m not picking them up on the flavor profile. Overall, there’s a modicum of complexity, but none of the funk notes I like in my saisons. M: Wow, this is strongly carbonated. It can be a bit much at times, but it also has the positive effect of drying the beer out very well. The lightness of body helps all that carbonation come through even more vividly. Okay, now I’m more inclined to believe that this is a dark saison - the mouthfeel is (nearly) dead on, helping to accentuate the coffee notes quite well. O: Dark saison or really dry, fizzy Belgian brown? I don’t care, this is damn good. It lacks some of the fine-tuned sophistication to make it a true great of the style (...whatever that style is), but considering I got this on clearance, that’s really a moot point. Put it this way, I’d gladly get this again at regular price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Criz (235) - - AUG 21, 2015
2013 version. Pours reddish brown. Mellowed out nice with age. Mellow Brett, red wine and hazelnuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tempo. Thanks Tom L. Very dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Vinous aroma with some nuts, alcoholic, sweet, a little bitter and spicy taste. Medium body, vinous, spiced apple finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tempo. Thanks Tom L. Brown with reddish hues. Soapy aroma, spicy, with tree sap, a bit of roast, olives. Sweetish flavor with caramel, roast, some spiciness. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7901) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2015
Bouteille, Anno 2013, bottled 09/20/2013. Brune foncée, col blanc-cassé moyen. Arôme est malté grillé, pointe de levure belge, retrouve une note de mélasse et un côté herbacé , botanique-soda dont le poivré reste un peu en retrait. Plais est malté, clairement orienté sur un côté belge dans la levure, petite note venant chatouiller la gorge, raisin, fruité noir, sucre candi. Malt carapils, pâle et chocolat. Retrouve une épaisseur caractéristique du seigle. Fini reste belge, grillé avec une fine note d’amertume houblonnée.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1805) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2015
This looks, smells, and tastes like a slightly boozy Irish stout. Taste of rum and roast. Not a lot of floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (937) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
2011 vintage bottle from Mark. Unique style and flavors from this American-Belgian Black Rye Saison. ----Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (806) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2015
750ml bottle from 2013. Pours black with a generous beige head. Aroma is a mixture or fruitiness and some roastiness. Fruity and spicy character up front on the palate which is balanced by a roasty finish with just a hint of smoke. Quite good and very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savage_Night (147) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
2013 750ml. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head. Head retention is good. AROMA: roasted malts, peppercorn, herbal/floral hops, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, slight citrus, smoke, vanilla and light candied sugar. TASTE: peppercorns, hop bitterness, slight citrus, caramel, coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted coffee beans and light candied sugar. AFTER TASTE: caramel, coffee, peppercorns and very slight alcohol with an oily finish. Great tasting brew but I prefer Monkish Shaolin Fist over Pepe Nero.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neurbob (27) - - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle. Appearance: dark, mild head Aroma: cereal, roasty, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate:light body, soft carbonation, not much finish OK, Not a favorite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (526) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Version 2012, bue après 2 ans. Goût de baies confites, raisins secs et cassonade. Goût de madère évident mais cela ajoute une autre dimension au liquide.

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