jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Young Augustines. Aroma like a saison with some funk, pepper, and spice. The flavor here with the roastiness and belgian yeast is a total mess though. This does not come together well. The black part of this drink adds an element that clashes with the belgian part. The sourness of hte yeast with the bittersweet malt smashes together all at once. Tone down one or the other of these things and you probably have something much more subtle and cohesive.
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL Green Flash version. Pours a clear, deep maroon to deep brown looking black in the glass. Thick and enormous coffee head with sheen appearance and rocky retention. Huge webby lacing. Nose is sharply herbal with sage, mint, rose, chamomile. Taste is similar. Like the dark version of Stillwater Cellar Door or Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs. Palate is dry, some cocoa powder. Fresh and vibrant with a lighter black tea palate and decent herbal hoppy balance. Dry, minerally, spicy finish. Good stuff. One of the few beers that clearly has accomplished the odd "black saison" moniker.
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climberbob (273) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Peculiar odor of stale sweat and rotting grain. Dark beer with a thin tan head. The taste is an odd mix of Saison and stout - two of my favorite beers but not a winning combination. The Saison funk is there, but so are the toasty malts of a green flash stout. Some complex flavors, but not a winning combination....
tmoreau (2926) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared 12 oz. bottles poured to snifters at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a black/brown color, a modest amount of light tan, bubbly head foam, and spotty lacing. The aroma was very floral, with strong licorice notes. The flavor added a hint of cheesiness, and lingering, dry, very earthy, peppery, and acrid bitterness. Not on my repeat list.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, 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 (1704) - 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 (2932) - 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 (6723) - 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.