ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Mainuh_man (238) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Oz bottle. Pours black with an off-white head. Flavor and aroma changes a lot as it warms. When cold, lots of banana on the nose. As it warms, more malt comes through, especially molasses. Flavor is sweet with bready malt, molasses and citrusy yeast. Finishes with citrusy yeast and some hints of roasted malt. Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Overall, interesting complexity to this. More like a dunkel Weiss, but complex malt.
Clarkdvm (169) - Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in FL. Pleasant light aroma. Hard to place flavors. Fruity but not tart. Not bitter. Proper carbonation. Intricate tasty beverage
geologyguy (762) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light smell, malty, carbonated, nothing unique behind the up front maltiness, decent
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle -
A really nice, albeit different, beer. Unlike an America Black Ale, which still maintains most of an IPA characteristics, this didn’t maintain many saison characteristics, let alone just a few. This could have been some kind of smoked ale to be quite honest, but it was tasty. Aroma light/medium cofee and a touch of dark chocolate, some soy, a bit earthy but mostly coffee and earthy. Out of left field comes a smokey/peaty flavor, combining with the coffee note (which isn’t very pronounced), some soft spice and a bit of coca-cola thrown in there makes this pretty intriguing. I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to my other 3 bottles.
cargo150 (770) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belle couleur noire avec plusieurs reflets brun et un col beige qui résiste. En bouche c’est décevant, gout un peu étrange d’épices avec une finale de grains grillés. C’est moyennement complexe... Décevant...
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brassin 2013. Bouteille de 750 ml achetée à la LCBO (Hawkesbury, ONT) au coût de 12,80$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales grillées en arrière goût. (Rating #5835)
MarkoR (536) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
765 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a medium to large tan head. Aroma is malts, rye. Taste is malts, spices, chocolate.
pivo (2585) - GERMANY - OCT 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of black raspberries. Pitch black color. Low head. Licorice taste amid a heavy malt body. Unbitter. Complex and heavy. Like it.
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black, nice Lacey head. Some licorice, blackberry nose. Blackberry tingling taste. licorice building up . Medium aftertaste
ATulloch (122) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from deeside drinks emporium. Bottled on 15/01/2013 Pours an almost jet black with a off white head which slowly fades. Excellent lacing. Aromas of smoke, boozy plum and a little of that typical Belgian whiff. Flavour is a smokey treacle with a slight peppery hint. Has a nice sweetness to the finish that resembles a boozy plum again. Lovely intricate beer.