EdInSaltLake (281) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart, earthy Saison yeast, light roasted aroma. Flavor is spicy, earthy/barnyard, berry fruit, sweetish malt, a little roasted malt.
nuplastikk (3353) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black body. Big, creamy, steady beige head. Spicy herbal aroma, but also heavily chocolate laced. Sort of like a Black IPA in the syrupy specialty malt sweetness, but has the underlying funky, tangy aspects of the Saison yeast. Though it has a nice effervescence and a fluffy body, I donít really find the flavor profile appealing. Cloyingly sweet, a unique offering I suppose.
Vestergaard (113) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black but with a lively light brown head. Smells like potential: barnyard, Roasted malts. citrusy. I expected more roast from the taste, while it is more like caramel. Quite fizzy. tastes pretty good.
RasmusOtt (876) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of toffee malts, caramel, mellow cake, hops, sweeter yeast, some anis and other sweeter spices. Taste of weak roast, sweeter malts, spices, some fresh hops, dry basement yeast and liquorice. Interesting brew.
jgb9348 (4025) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with only the slightest bit of light coming through at the very bottom of the glass, all with a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, bread, grass, plastic/petroleum, hay and a hint of light herbal hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal hops up front with a distinct yeast strain, some light roasted malt notes and a perceived bready flavour. Aftertaste shows a large grassy and herbal note with some hop bitterness, a little roasty flavour and the smallest amount of sweetness. Overall, an interesting and relatively unique beer - even amongst black saisons - the yeast is distinct and the grassy and herbal notes are well defined, just not amazingly flavoured themselves. Interesting to try and Iíd recommend it to all, however the price stands in the way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 24-October-2012 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 02-April-2013.
rejtable (888) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Kinsale Public House, Boston. Big foamy head with lots of lacing. Pours black. Nose is roasted and yeast. Aromas of burnt malt, yeast, and lemon. Bitter tasting with some fruity sweetness in the background. Reasonably low carbonation. Nice beer.
mar (4246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black pour, cream head. Nose is cinnamon, spice, yeast, dry, and fruits. Very smooth on the palate, spiced gum drops, light yeast, earth, and an easy finish.
Hansen (5468) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Almost black coloured, has an off-white head, lasting. Spicy aroma, peppermint, toothpaste-like, upleasent. Spicy, malty and unpleasent flavor. Creamy texture.
EithCubes (4233) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Black Saison bottled 08/07/12. Nose loaded with herbs and spices, a veil that canít be penetrated by any hops or malt. Main offender is toothpaste mint, but there are strong clove, anise-y licorice, and rose hip components. Some Brett and actual horse blanket. Deep brown-black with a jiggly, dense light brown head. Taste has a strong initial burst of extremely rubbery bitterness, the aforementioned spices/herbs are there but diminished, more black pepper instead, some mingled citrus peel and super-heavy horse blanket and pretty distinct footy/socky flavor. Paper, faint grain. Drybone scrape of the tongue (scrimshaw?) with some musky aftertones, sage and even some basil, chocolate and light roast, dash of coriander, pleasant black patent. Has a faint gruit component, maybe some myrtle/gale? Relatively smooth feel, full body. Super strange and love the complexity, a good and rather didactic pint but Iím sure itíll be a one-time thing for me.
omikr0n (441) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with nice thick brown head. Aroma is yeast, spices, hops and a bit roasty. Flavor is malt, licorice, spices, mint, hops, roasty. Slightly roasty dry aftertaste.