XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, large airy off-white cap, dense lacing. Aroma is potent medicinal anise, straw, earthy. Taste is bitter, with a soft rounding sweetness. Sticky. Long dry finish.
zvikar (4293) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom Cís place. Thanks Tom C. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of lemon, spices, dark bread, caramel, nuts, flavor of dark bread, coffee, caramel, sage and micromeria, medium bodied.
Imaena (2229) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This is a pretty sour saison with an almost funky background note. I almost wonder if this is infected.
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom Cís place. Thanks Tom C. Black-colored with a nice tan head. Aroma of lots of spices, licorice, some fruitiness, some chocolate and coffee. Sweetish flavor, spicy, with caramel, licorice, a light sourish note, fruitiness, coffee, some chocolate and a drier bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
slowrunner77 (10234) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Dark saison. Very very up front herbal nose, almost menthol like in quality. Flavor similar with some dark roast and lite funk. I really dug this but probably couldnít drink a ton..."
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-27-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance ĖServed a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell.
Taste Ė The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors.
Overall Ė A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors donít meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isnít one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is spicy - coriander and clove. I could go either way on this one. I donít really like spiced beers. Tastes like a winter ale but has definite yeastiness. But tastes too much like cleaning solution. Not sure what to do about this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
POLK (2219) - HÝrning, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
crazy spicy and mysterious. But points for great color, beautiful foam, different beer and to get me into the Christmas spirit in February.
Cloves anise cinnamon flavor
Thick brown whipped cream.
BrewTom (600) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is herbal to the point of being medicinal with the Belgium yeast coming through. Lots spiciness & tongue tingling followed by the dark malts that gives a stouty finish.
Rated by BrewTom
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Giant Eagle Market in UA. Black pour with a huge tan head that take forever to recede and leaves a loose web of lacing. Aroma is spicy - clove and cardamom maybe? also yeast and floral. Tastes are caramel, light anise, roasty, ash, fruity, dark bread. Strange mix. Little menthol - mint vibe. Dry in the finish. Hmm...