Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Deep garnet/mahogany, beige head fades rather quickly. Slightly tart up front, sour grapes, yeast, faint spice I canít pinpoint. Nothing in the way of barnyard funk. Flavor very estery, sour grape, plum, light raisin, light hay/grass, yeasty through the middle. Finishes with a tart, slightly mouth puckering kick. Oily smooth mouthfeel at first, then carbonation kicks in to help clean the palate.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
C-Bus 9 shared by ogglethorp: Bottle: Pours a murky purple/brown with a light tan head. Aroma, dark fruits, some light funk, spices and yeast. Flavor, dark fruits, spice, yeast and a slight JP funk to it. Really nice, and incredibly drinkable.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím certainly not a Saison expert, but I was surprised by how dark this one poured. dark amber with a fast fading khaki head. aroma was slightly spicy. flavor was mild spice with some malt and a bit of sourness on the end for a dry, tart finish. thanks to Styles for the 12 oz. bottle.
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, poured with much anticipation! a very dark, walnut-shell colored liquid with a thin beige head. aroma is intensely tart and funky. white pepper, dust, no alcohol apparent whatsoever, and no trace of sweetness. the flavor is initially tart, but after it wears off (not unlike the outer coating of a sour patch kid), the other flavors appear: roasted barley, pepper, raisin, charred wood - and itís beautifully, evaporatively dry. the dry-hopped grapefruit characteristics of the regular bam are perceptible but the noire has loads more tartness so the hops have to fight for their lives. this beer is brilliant - amazing. more flavor per abv than just about anything iíve ever had. there is something special in those barrels in dexter.
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woah..different than any saison Iíve ever had! Very unique and tasty! Plus the line, "delicious as only a Jack Russell with bat wings can be" is not only genius but the funniest line I have ever seen on a beer bottle. Aroma was huge-funk, pepper and yeast. Pour was jaw dropping- a deep murky brown with a huge pillowy 2 finger off white head. Taste was very complex-Sour and a lot of yeast to start off. Could pick up fruits in there-possibly cherries. There is a pepper bite throughout and a lot of spiciness in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a mix of sour fruit and funk. How the hell they pulled this off is beyond me.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky dark brown in color with only a little froth around the edges.
Thereís some kind of cola, coffee smell in the nose and the taste. Canít quite put my finger on it, but itís definitely there. Itís not jiving with me though. Taste is the aforementioned cola and coffee with a bunch of carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and non-cloying. Iím a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, but this is by far my least favorite of their offerings.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is signature JP funk, sour with dark malts, lemon and cocoa. Pours dark muddy brown with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is sour yeasty funk with roasted milk chocolate. Palate is tart and creamy, a little dry. Unique and tasty.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 12oz bottle. Cloudy orange/brown color with a medium head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Aroma of wood, bretty funk, cherries and plums. Tangy, fruity taste with a bit of peppery spice. Texture is tangy and a bit thin.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mahogony color with a nice light tan head. Tart aroma with a bit of roastiness way in the background. tart, light citrus flavor with some earthiness and slight caramel. Somewhat lighter bodied. LIngering citrus sour that turns slightly earthy/floral. Body is a bit too light for this and Iwanted a bit more malt flavor. Lacking.
Lowe1983 (1361) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a light tan head. Aroma is strong of spices up front, yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, and some roasted malts. Flavor is of roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, spices, yeast, and a little bit of some tartness. I really enjoyed this beer, itís a good balance between the sour and tartness and the roasted malts. Delicious.