chimaybier (70) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Barn in Redding CA. Served in a Tulip shaped glass. APPEARANCE / THE POUR: Pours a opaque color with a medium brown 3 finger dense head that collapses at a moderate pace. Good Brussels lace on the sides of the glass as the head collapses. Medium rising meniscus. AROMA / BOUQUET: Saison funkiness meets toasted chocolate maltiness running through a herb garden. Pieces of toasted bread that were made with rosemary in them. (Think of a herbal marble rye) TASTE: Interesting grassy hoppyness mixed dark baker’s chocolate flavor. MOUTHFEEL / PALATE: Hop dryness hits the back of the tongue. It’s a bit light bodied for my taste- this beer’s body will improve with further development over time. The finish is like artisianal, savory, herbal chocolate, with a good hop dryness. FOOD PAIRINGS: Appetizers- raw milk, assertive flavored cheeses with sausages. Entrees- Beef or Lamb dishes, beef stews. Desserts- Serve with pieces of raw dark Belgian chocolate. OVERALL: An interesting session beer, not for the novice. Good quality.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly opaque dark brown body under a small tight bubbled beige head that had nice retention. The nose is very fruity with a heavy Belgian yeastiness and some light spices. The flavor is slightly sweet with lots of dark fruits and some interesting spiciness. Heavy influence from the yeast. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a lingering fruity finish. Some light roasty malt under all the fruitiness and yeast. Pretty nice beer, though I’m not the biggest fan of dark Saisons in general.
GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am enjoying the friendship brew to mark two occasions, one retrospectively minor and the other prospectively major. The former is to celebrate the end of a very rare rainy weekend in San Diego, which joyfully brought me back to my days as a resident of Seattle. The latter is the beginning of a new fitness program. I hope I can “be friends” with this schedule unfriendly change. And so, like my father, I am “jumping off” with a very beer filled weekend before battening down the health hatches for Spring. This brew is a black saison, which to my recollection, I’ve never had before. It is a deep black, though not as murky as a stout - instead, this brew shines with a bit of polish. The head formed a beautiful plateau, like an inverse canyon standing erect out in a dusty brown desert. The aroma might even have a little best of that sonoma kind of smell that I recall from old road trips. Sage, fresh fennel, freshly scooped soil, and some brown sugar. The flavor loses all pretense of being sweet, and instead leans on that rich, botanical garden and basket of spices bundle of flavors, with carrot, beet, parsley, more sage, and a drizzle of molasses to bring the whole thing together. It’s a curious blend, and one ill-suited for a younger palate, but at a somewhat older age, this is a wonderful taste, if unconventional.
MattiasA (242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12oz @ Tröls. Pitch black with a solid frothy head. Aroma is fruity with chemical citrus, orange and apricot. Taste is coffee slight acidity with dark berries.
Howlader (385) - - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC or Rustico in Ballston.
Jorn69 (465) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Blommig och fruktig, parfymerad med en hel del syrlighet, citrus, nystädad toalett (Vim). En ganska besk avslutning.
danielyabu (1063) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
huge creamy frothy light brown head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick brownish-black body. aroma: plum, apple, pear, white wine, metal, moderate malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, metallic finish. Delicioso dulçor de maçã, ameixa seca, amargor lupulado frutado, típico de bohemian pilsener, deliciosa cerveja. Cravo no paladar, condimentada, nota-se ainda coentro. 230 s
puboflyons (1813) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is a deep brown color with ruby red hues and long lasting, fluffy tan head. If my Mother was still with us she could pin down those vibrant "secret spices" in the description. My guess: Clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and coriander. Also a tart fruit character like tangerine. Medium body. But the flavor has additional spices noted. Perhaps turmeric along with the other listed. Mildly bitter end but mainly spicy
DutchMark (77) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly fresh. The deep dark colour had me prepared for a heavy sweet taste. Instead an interesting complex flavor that is not heavy nor sweet. Fizzy carbonation and flavors of burned malts, bitter hops and fruits and herbs. With a dry finish. Nice!
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Completly black colour with a good foamy tan head. Aroma of oak, pepper, dough and some acidity. Also a lot of herbs in there, maybe some salvie and rosemarin. Smell like a really interresting beer. Flavour really strong and somewhat astrigent. Wood, acidity, pepper, dough, citrus, dark fruits, red berries, licorice, and some hints of smoke. Really a lot of flavours here, maybe a bit too much. Quite sour! A lot of carbonation, which makes a quite soapy moutfeel. Big body. A overwhelming beer with a lot of charachter, bud maybe a bit too much.
Beerhunter111 (2880) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Im Glas ist ein sehr sehr dunkles Bier mit einer wunderbaren bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch dominiert durch Gewürze, sonst kann ich leider keine Aromen feststellen. Geschmack sehr würzig mit Röstmalzaromen. Wird im weiterem Verlauf auch etwas scharf.