Fatehunter (1205) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Brugse Zot glass. Two thick fingers of tan head. Dark brown, almost black color.
Ripe fruit on the nose; almost overripe peach or nectarine.
Balanced taste at first, moves to malty in the middle to end. There is something spicy at the very end, probably the peppercorns. But they come across very subtle.
Starts soft on the mouth, moves to crisp and bubbly at the end.
Overall good to go. Nothing weird, just a great drinking beer.
zach8270 (3466) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz - 2011 vintage) Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head. Slightly chocolatey and roasted aroma overtop a spicy and peppery yeast note. Flavor has a lot of that spicy farmhouse earthy flavor at the start with a roasted chocolate and burnt malt bitterness coming up at the end.
Quevillon (2501) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
765 ml bottle purchase at The LCBO on Rideau and King Edward (Ottawa) on August 24, 2014. Black, small head. Malty pepper aroma, some ripe fruit notes. Pepper and fruit juice taste, a bit of dry yeast, very spicy aftertaste. The peppercorn is really not over done in this saison!
bunget (549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
765ml bottle. Clear cola colour body, medium mocha head with good retention. Aroma of yeast, toast, licorice, delicate smokiness, raisins, earthy notes. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, licorice, yeast, a touch of woodsy notes. Light. Gets better when warms up.
Darkmagus82 (1205) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass with a bottled on date of 5/22/12. The label says it can be aged up to 5 years after bottling.
Appearance – Pours a cola colored brew with a huge tan head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which slowly pop over time to leave a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass
Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with hints of some apple within. Accompanying these smells are notes of banana and some dark chocolate smells.
Taste – The taste starts out with a smoother blend of roasted malt and hints of chocolate. It begins without much of a saison taste, only to develop it more as the taste advances beyond the initial. Some fruit flavors come to the tongue rather quickly off the start being mainly of a banana and light fruit flavor. These remain rather light and are soon meet with some grassy and herbal tastes. A yeasty taste also soon comes to the tongue with the flavor now starting to develop more of a saison like flavor. In the end some bitter chocolate with an increase in a more bitter herbal flavor and some black pepper come to the tongue. These flavors all combined in a rather awkward way to leave a rather odd dark roast, light fruit and bitter herbal flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is quite light with a carbonation level that is on the lower to medium side. This is a tough one as I can’t say if a creamier body for the roasted flavor would have been better or if staying with a thinner body for the fruit, yeast and herbal flavors was the better rout to take. The same goes for the carbonation.
Overall – Well nothing I really cared a whole lot about for the price that you pay. The tastes were a little confused with none of the flavors really melding well together. The nose, appearance and mouthfeel for me were all just average as well. It may be worth a try, but this is one I will likely not go back too.
arnold931 (543) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2 years old. Pours dark brown with big long-lasting tan head. Nose is dark fruit and caramel. Taste has a carbonation bite. Nice caramel and rye spice. Tastes like a spicy dubbel.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice strong light brown head of dense and creamy bubbles with very good carbonation. Aroma of rootbeer, licorice, roasted grains and fresh air in the spring. Color is a very dark brown. Rather darl for a "saison". Fizzy in the mouth with a little bit of tartness, more roasted grains, rye and some salt water. Funishes dry with a bit of lingering tartness. A pretty good but strange brew.
allmyvinyl (3339) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours opaque brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of sourdough bread, rye, spice. Taste is spice, dark sugar, molasses. Finishes very clean and crisp. Nice.
ffaoe (237) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight roasty aroma. Black in color with little head. Taste is roasty. Faint sourness, slight pepperyness
martin00sr (635) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, stable light tan head. Roasted aroma, fruit, caramel. Flavour is sweetish, fruity and malty with discrete alcohol. Finish is light spicy with nice alcohol notes.
lesifflebiere (1267) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saison bien brune, rappelant même la couleur et la texture du cola, avec une petite mousse en film à la surface ; le nez est dominé par des raisins, du caramel et du sucre d’orge, avec un je ne sais quoi de vanillé, comme un baril de chêne. La bouche est ronde, caramélisée comme une red ale, la levure se perd dans le malt très costaud et c’est dommage. Au final c’est une rousse avec une levure de saison trop faible et du seigle sans réelle personnalité. Une belle bière, mais je ne comprends pas le "hype".