notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Saisons are hard to pull off - thankfully, as I suspected, Green Flash has managed to - pour is dark reddish brown, nearly black, with a frothy head that shrinks to a moderate lace - nose is distinctly saison, albeit a bit heavy on the spice - lightly earthy phenols, even a touch Orval-like character in them - light sweetness - some tropical, almost bretty notes - in the flavor, these notes are, sadly, washed out a bit by the strong roast and moderate acidity of the dark malts - however, these notes do eventually get out of the way through the middle - a nice mineral driness works well with both the malt character and the gentle yeast character - light tropical character in the finish also works surprisingly well with the lingering bitterness of the malt - maybe a little overly bitter, but I like it quite a bit.
jrob21 (3395) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (406) - 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 (3571) - 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 (11978) - Escondido, 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 (1127) - 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, I’d 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 (1779) - 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 (3057) - 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 didn’t work for me.