Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from sefus12, thanks Beau! Pours a black colored body with a bit of a ruby hue and a two finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is spicy and fruity with lots of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and piney hops. Touches of licorice, roast, and chocolate with a good amount of pepper and a light clove. Flavor is similar. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast, piney hops with some grapefruit citruses, licorice, touches of chocolate, and a good amount of fruity esters. A lightly bready, somewhat sweet malt backing with a good amount of roasts towards the end as this finishes dry, spicy, estery, and lightly bitter before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with some lemongrass coming through. Medium body and a lively, foamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer with lots going on. Spicy Belgian yeast and hops with plenty of fruity esters, a good amount of roasts, some licorice, and a light chocolate. Nice one.
socialbeer (108) - SPAIN - JAN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella. Color marron muy oscuro casi negro con carbonatacion media. Aroma a torrefacto, especias, y acido (brett). Sabor compleja acida, toffe y especias entre las que distingo cardamomo, creo, y clavo.
RobertDale (5258) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Comes almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, spices, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, spices, dark fruit, licorice, and hops. Unique.
TheHOFF43 (2030) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours dark with quite a bit of weird colored fluffy head. Aroma is spices and some malt with a flavor to match. Not a beer I like.
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Gift from Neko-chan. Lotsa spice: cinnamon, ginger, maybe lemon pepper, dirty butcher’s board, with a good touch of funk. Pitch black with a thick rocky tan head. Both sour and bitter in the initial; spices jump out, along with some mild chocolate; final goes into a moldy harsh dark sewer. Medium body. Interesting stuff that doesn’t quite work. Somehow the spices both add to and detract from the saison character. At first, they worked well with the chocolate notes; later, I just wanted them to go away.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Red Monk. It’s impossible to not buy a beer called Frienship Brew. Can’t be done. Nicely dry, a bit roasty. Some licorice. Odd, but it works pretty well for me.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[5010-20121208] Cask. Spicy mint malt aroma. Black body with a quick creamy off-white head. Spicy jalapeno roasted malt flavour. Medium-full body with quite a spicy base. Not really a fan, too spicy. (6/3/5/3/11) 2.8
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)
Overheard: "That’s how it comes."
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 This is one of the stranger beers I’ve had in awhile. Incredibly spicy, almost like a Christmas beer. Tastes heavily of cloves, pepper, and nutmeg. Nicely bitter, with a dark appearance and a ton of head.
JesusO (48) - - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Una cerveza interesante, agradable aunque difícil de acabar. Color ligero, color muy oscuro y espuma persistente beige. Aroma especiado y ligeramente ácido. En boca el ácido se nota menos pero las especias están muy presentes, especialmente el cardamomo, y la hacen bastante empalagosa. Bien hecha.
Travlr (20881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black (duh), brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa, subtle licorice. Taste is similar, in a combo with coffee that really doesn’t work.