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. Itís over one and a half years old, so fingers crossed itís 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 iís, itís faint) cherry esters come out on the aftertaste. Iím beginning to wonder if the pepper notes have died down with age, because Iím not picking them up on the flavor profile. Overall, thereís 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 Iím 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 donít 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, thatís really a moot point. Put it this way, Iíd gladly get this again at regular price.
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Aromas of black pepper and dark fruits with notes of yeast. Flavor is spicy rye with dark fruit and some funk. Pretty solid.
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in colour with a thin but long lasting beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of pepper, light spice, dark fruits, yeast and bread. The flavour is of chocolate, rye bread, malty, yeasty with some citrus tang, fruit. Lightly yeasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long and yeasty, good malt bite. A pretty nice dark saison, love the rye in this.
765ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Bottled on May 28, 2013.
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Ashley. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is fruit, sour, and spices. Taste is the same but super toasty. Grape, raisin finish.
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2013 bottle dated 21/MAR/13. Gorgeous dark brown to near black pour with long lasting soft tan head. The aroma has some nice dark malts, yeast, light spice, and sour notes to it. Bold body. The taste is sweet and sour actually with the sour notes not too tart and not too off-putting.
Cousin_Larry (284) - - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely the best saison that Iíve ever tasted. A little tart, and incredibly smooth.
popkow (280) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Khaki top with brown underneath. Yeast bread aroma with anise malt flavor. Slight sweet finish.
andrewje41 (304) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour. Pours black with a cream head. Iíve never seen a saison like this before, and almost thought I was poured the wrong beer. Slightly sour fruit aroma. The is beer is so smooth. So so smooth. Really nice peppery flavor with some darker fruit. A little tart at first, with a mild roasted finish. I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. Another solid from these guys.
miyauchi38 (151) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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deepeary (83) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
765 ml bottle from LCBO, dated 2013. Chestnut brown with tan head. Roasted malt on the nose with sweet cola, herbal (anise) and spicy notes. Taste has some anise or licorice notes, cola, cocoa, herbs. Easy drinking an enjoyable. Not much like any saison Iíve had, but a good beer no less.
Nsanders (484) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a big khaki head. Yeasty, bread dough, light rye and molasses. Taste is mildly sweet with a yeasty flavor. Body is heavier with a foamy feel.