NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of mattsciguy. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat minty / herbal, slightly roasty, chocolate, kind if juicy, pretty aroma. Twangy, lime, pineapple, tart fruity, somewhat roasty flavor. Strange but quite tasty.
Bacterial (1059) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by matsciguy @ Armin’s - black pour with a light tan head. Slightly funky and malty nose. Beautiful taste. Some roasted malt in there with some funk, slightly tart and bitter finish.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Levi! Dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, roast, hints of slight orange, grass, slight earthy notes into some spice. Taste is a mix of roast, hints of earth, orange, hints of grapefruit, nice oak, touch of grain, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry. Pretty nice.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Dark brown pour with a mid-sized, fluffy, khaki head. Terrific retention. The nose is a spicy, earthy mingling of farmhouse yeast, spice-rack clove, coriander, wet leather and sweaty sock funk. Medium to full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is where this brew really excels. Nice, clean acidity provides a tart spark that blows away an otherwise pesky nuance of farmhouse yeast phenolic spiciness. Tart, tangy finish. Bravo! Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is bretts, tart, oldish. Flavor is red berry, blackberry, and other dark fruits. Yummy. Finish is very tart, brettish, oldish, dusty and very lemony. Medium body, weak to average carbonation. Highly enjoyable dark saison.
gramity (1277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
t. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a sour malt aroma. There is a dark roasted malt flavor that is fairly sour and a dry finish. Darker and more tart than most saisons.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours black with a thin khaki film.
Aroma: Roast, wet dog, soury funk/sweet tarts.
Taste: Some tart brett notes first and foremost, minerals, light roast,cola, finishes tart.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, full bodied.
Overall: It was a fine little brew. Nothing I seek out usually, but I’m glad I got to try it.
czar (3676) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours unclear dark brown with a frothy light beige head showing a very good retention and strong lacing. cherry brettiness, mint, tobacco, nice but faint fruitiness, spicy maltiness - lean though, light coffee, hint of roastiness. lively carbonation, light body, dry grassy-spicy and lightly astringent finish. very surprising and seemingly unlikely that dark malts contribute to its complexity - they are very low profile and leaves way to farmhouse character to express itself completely. lovely!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A dark ale with a strong farmhouse character and mild tartness/sourness. Good beer by Dark Saison standards.
How: A few bottles, 750ml, from very fresh to a few months of age, seems to be developing tartness.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has a strong farmhouse character (almost barnyard) along with some roast, earth and notes of molasses. In mouth the beer has a slender body with a medium carbonation, this beer lacks the spot-on lively mouthfeel I usually get from HF Saisons. Taste is hard to pigeonhole. There is some dark stuff like some kind of molasses-based syrup. A farmhouse character that goes leathery/barnyard. Fruity notes of dark prunes and others. Strong earthy notes. A citric tartness and a mild sourness. A very good attenuation. A good beer, better than most dark Saisons out there, but I prefer pale Saisons, especially those by HF. If you have some bottles of this beer then maybe you should consider "grooming" them if you know what I mean, and I hope you know what I mean because I don’t, I really don’t
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013-11-15. Very dark brown body and nice small beige head. 3++ Aroma is lovely, with notes of dandelion and whispers of citrus. A light funk comes out as it warms. 7++ Flavour is pleasant, vaguely tart, dandelion and a whisper of fruit, more tartness in the finish. Average plus bodied palate, pleasant carbonation. 3++ Quite drinkable! Lovely stuff. More complexity to it than I am articulating here but it is excellent. Bottle from the brewery cellared approximately six months
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