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RATINGS: 736   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7782) - Mölndal, - NOV 17, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 First rating
355 ml bottle at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, on November 16, 2012. Bottled 02/24/11
Dark brown to black color, tan to light brown head. Sweet, tropical fruit, sugary, alcohol, yeast taste. Chocolate, sweet, malty, spicy aftertaste. Sweet, sirup, toffee, spicy scent. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Some bourbon vanilla notes in the aftertaste as well.
7/3/7/3/13=3.3

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355 ml bottle from Total Wine & More, Clearwater (thanks to Brian / not on ratebeer). Sampled on January 23, 2014. Bottled 30 Mar 13.
Clear dark red color, fluffy teal head. Sweet, berry scent. Sweet, malty, berry taste. Sweet aftertaste. Medium mouhtfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/7/3/14=3.5


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 22, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3181) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (236) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Slight roasty aroma. Black in color with little head. Taste is roasty. Faint sourness, slight pepperyness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (603) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1251) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
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".

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Smooth with some fruitiness. Medium body and left no lacing. Not a great one but still pretty pleasant to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (581) - Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle - dark pour (tan head) with a spicy aroma. Roasted malts and somewhat peppery. Mild roasty and a smoky flavor. Medium mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 2, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, spices, and has a sweet finish.


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