heemer77 (5133) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A perfectly black colored brew with a light brown head. The nose has some anise and pears. There is also some black pepper spice. The taste is strong anise with notes of tobacco and some green grass. There is also some bread crust and notes of dark chocolate. A nice smooth brew with hints of coffee in the finish. The carbonation is a little high, but that is expected for a saison.
Gamin (121) - Brockport, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Saison?! So confused. This beer pours dark with a chocolate milk head. Smells and tastes like thin mint Girl Scout cookies. So weird!
Reynolds314 (2548) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Takes a lot for me to dislike a saison but make it a straight black licorice bomb and that will happens. Dont advertise a secret blend of spices if it really just tastes like anise. Warn people.
Stuu666 (4576) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, lots of spice on the nose, sweet roasted spice taste.
vanvenlo (1344) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purvis Cellars bottle(26-Jan-2015)Sour sweet light choc malt aroma.Over primed black thick head&fluffy lace.Funky fruit malt spice flavour.Funky fruit finish and roast malt funky aftertaste.
MrFecesious (1141) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, large airy off-white cap, dense lacing. Aroma is potent medicinal anise, straw, earthy. Taste is bitter, with a soft rounding sweetness. Sticky. Long dry finish.
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom C’s place. Thanks Tom C. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of lemon, spices, dark bread, caramel, nuts, flavor of dark bread, coffee, caramel, sage and micromeria, medium bodied.
Imaena (1925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This is a pretty sour saison with an almost funky background note. I almost wonder if this is infected.
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom C’s place. Thanks Tom C. Black-colored with a nice tan head. Aroma of lots of spices, licorice, some fruitiness, some chocolate and coffee. Sweetish flavor, spicy, with caramel, licorice, a light sourish note, fruitiness, coffee, some chocolate and a drier bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
slowrunner77 (6279) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Dark saison. Very very up front herbal nose, almost menthol like in quality. Flavor similar with some dark roast and lite funk. I really dug this but probably couldn’t drink a ton..."
Darkmagus82 (1896) - - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-27-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance –Served a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors.
Overall – A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors don’t meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isn’t one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.