Nickls (1849) - Washington, 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 I’ve 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 everyone’s 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Silky dark brown/black pour with a fluffy head and plenty of beige sediment. Nose of modest spruce, molasses, and twig, with some super-dry hops in there too. Smooth, rich mouthfeel seems less saison-like and more like a healthy porter. Taste was a bit off-putting, as the heavy juniper/menthol/wood notes dominated. If that’s your style, this will please. But I definitely wasn’t feeling it so much.
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Black pour, tan head, fruity yeastiness, floral & potpourri notes. Bretty characteristics upfront with light roastiness in the finish, liked it
radagast83 (4644) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rustico. Poured a pretty dark, mostly opaque color with a tan head. Aroma was dark, caramel/molasses, notes of sweetness, dark malts. Flavor was dark malt character, notes of nice hoppy characteristics to it. Liked it.
nearbeer (3729) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
US Green Flash version, on tap. Ebony with a lasting cream on top. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel and a light earthy funk. Taste is the same. Medium body is soft and well balanced, with medium carbonation.
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a jet black color with a massive tan head. Scent is spices and yeast. Taste is piney with black coffee. Not what I expect from a Saison at all. Black ipa maybe. I do like it.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black body, brown edge, beige head, nice creamy lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pepper, caramel, light anise, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pepper, roast. Medium body, slightly creamy.
StefanSD (2132) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle from bev4less. pours an opaque black-brown color with a big fluffy khaki colored head that has great retention. The aroma is has some brett along with sour fruits and dusty mochas. The taste is an odd combination of sour cherries and dark bitter chocolates. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and astringent with lingering bitter chocolats. Overall: This will take some getting used to, its just a bit to experimental to buy again. Nice try guys.
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black pour with more viscosity than I would expect from Saison. Two fingers of charred brown head. Nose is very spicy, lots of juniper/sage/mint/evergreen character with some charred wood and coffee. Flavor is very sharp, astringent and bitter. Spruce/evergreen needles and black coffee/bitter chocolate Man this is rough.