BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy wheat malt, light roast notes, black pepper, licorice, prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with heavy Belgian yeast spices, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
PrattBenjamin (32) - - OCT 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Breukelen Bier Merchants. A delicious dark saison. Aroma of anise, cola and burn sugar. Dark brown/red with a tan head. Somewhat spicy but very sweet black licorice flavor. mighty tasty.
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dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green Flash calls it a black saison, Iíd call it a dark belgian with a saison finish. Pours black with small head. Nose is slghtly sweet and peppery. Palate has belgian sugar, but very light, and a dry peppery finish. Interesting beer but not something I would stock.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 10/04/2012.
Appearance: Pours a black opaque, light red lacing similar to a stout.
Aroma: Aroma of peppercorn, hay.
Taste: Light bitterness, peppercorn, other spice, hay.
Palate: Medium light, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: The black saison is a nice change from a standard saison. I liked this, although it was muddled a bit at times in the taste.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was hoping for a lot more. What I got seemed to be a mess. Pours nice enough, dark brown, almost black with a tan head. The aroma had some saw dust, a hint of fruit, sour milk. The flavor had a bit of sourness to it, some chocolate. Just didnít work for me.
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, rocky, brown, fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of sage, menthol, earth/moss, fennel seed, ajowan/thyme, light note of peppermint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Well, the nose is quite neat (reminiscent of a Fantome brew, e.g. Strange Ghost or Black Ghost), and it looks fantastic. Alas, in the mouth it suffers the same way many of the "American Fantome" (Jolly Pumpkin) beers do...itís too sour and attenuated to be much fun to drink. Yes, a saison should be dry, but it shouldnít be parching...it should be *quenching*...itís a fine line, Iíll admit, but all too often beers like Madrugada Obscura or Bam Noire have virtually no sugars left and are both sour and bitter to boot. Balance is key, and these brews donít quite have it. Kinda thin for the 5.7%, but itís creamy. I wanted to like this a lot more based on the interesting (albeit spice-heavy) nose, but alas.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color thatís completely opaque with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with peppery spice, farmhouse funk, estery dark fruit and sweet malt notes. Thereís a subtle grassy character that compliments the funky yeast along with some dark chocolate, licorice, raisin, fig and plum. Iím also picking up a subtle herbal/medicinal presence but it doesnít interfere with the other elements.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong zesty spice flavor that lingers over the funk and sweeter notes into a dry finish. More syrupy/medicinal than the nose suggests with a slight cough medicine presence. Some dry, earthy hops up front complimenting the peppery spices. The farmhouse character is fainter than expected with slight grassy straw flavor before the malt and dark fruit notes come in to play. Hints of chocolate and toffee along with some grape, fig, plum and dark berries provide some needed sweetness. Pretty complex but the spice profile and medicinal flavors are a bit heavier than I prefer.
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Notes of muddles rustic old @ellar must, soft cocoa, and peach pear fruit. Okay.
Nickls (1815) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Very murky dark brown with a thin light tan head. Toasty, nutty, floral, and some bubblegum and spices in the aroma. Medicinal, floral, burnt toast, some gum and odd spice finish. Lighter creamy body. Weird and not my thing.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught from Milltown in Carrboro. Pour was one of the loveliest Iíve seen. In a St. Feuillien glass, with nearly two fingers of a tan head notable due to the uniformity of the bubbles through the glass. The foam on top was creamy and soft, but the bubbles beneath were like little uniform pearls. The aroma and taste? Intense. Not everyoneís thing, for sure, but I kind of liked it. It was big... lots of roasty malt, big hops in the form of resin and grapefruit pith, and a astringent thing that reminded me of brett. Taste was the same, with some added mild anise. Intense, but I enjoyed sipping this over lunch.