badhack (296) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black in colour with a very thick creamy (and tasty) head that sticks around. Tastes strongly of spice and malt and chocolate and charcoal malts. Bitter and earthy hops and dark malt finish.
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottled on 07/31/12 and poured into a pint glass. Black appearance with a lingering, sticky, light brown head. Aroma is a strong blend of spices, light funk, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, earthy hops and a touch of dark fruits. Similar flavor, roasted and earthy with plenty of spices and mild bitterness. Medium body, pretty easy to drink. This help up pretty well.
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly opaque dark brown body under a small tight bubbled beige head that had nice retention. The nose is very fruity with a heavy Belgian yeastiness and some light spices. The flavor is slightly sweet with lots of dark fruits and some interesting spiciness. Heavy influence from the yeast. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a lingering fruity finish. Some light roasty malt under all the fruitiness and yeast. Pretty nice beer, though I’m not the biggest fan of dark Saisons in general.
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am enjoying the friendship brew to mark two occasions, one retrospectively minor and the other prospectively major. The former is to celebrate the end of a very rare rainy weekend in San Diego, which joyfully brought me back to my days as a resident of Seattle. The latter is the beginning of a new fitness program. I hope I can “be friends” with this schedule unfriendly change. And so, like my father, I am “jumping off” with a very beer filled weekend before battening down the health hatches for Spring. This brew is a black saison, which to my recollection, I’ve never had before. It is a deep black, though not as murky as a stout - instead, this brew shines with a bit of polish. The head formed a beautiful plateau, like an inverse canyon standing erect out in a dusty brown desert. The aroma might even have a little best of that sonoma kind of smell that I recall from old road trips. Sage, fresh fennel, freshly scooped soil, and some brown sugar. The flavor loses all pretense of being sweet, and instead leans on that rich, botanical garden and basket of spices bundle of flavors, with carrot, beet, parsley, more sage, and a drizzle of molasses to bring the whole thing together. It’s a curious blend, and one ill-suited for a younger palate, but at a somewhat older age, this is a wonderful taste, if unconventional.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12oz @ Tröls. Pitch black with a solid frothy head. Aroma is fruity with chemical citrus, orange and apricot. Taste is coffee slight acidity with dark berries.
Howlader (660) - - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC or Rustico in Ballston.
Jorn69 (771) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Blommig och fruktig, parfymerad med en hel del syrlighet, citrus, nystädad toalett (Vim). En ganska besk avslutning.
danielyabu (1132) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
huge creamy frothy light brown head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick brownish-black body. aroma: plum, apple, pear, white wine, metal, moderate malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, metallic finish. Delicioso dulçor de maçã, ameixa seca, amargor lupulado frutado, típico de bohemian pilsener, deliciosa cerveja. Cravo no paladar, condimentada, nota-se ainda coentro. 230 s
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is a deep brown color with ruby red hues and long lasting, fluffy tan head. If my Mother was still with us she could pin down those vibrant "secret spices" in the description. My guess: Clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and coriander. Also a tart fruit character like tangerine. Medium body. But the flavor has additional spices noted. Perhaps turmeric along with the other listed. Mildly bitter end but mainly spicy
DutchMark (128) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly fresh. The deep dark colour had me prepared for a heavy sweet taste. Instead an interesting complex flavor that is not heavy nor sweet. Fizzy carbonation and flavors of burned malts, bitter hops and fruits and herbs. With a dry finish. Nice!