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McKenzie Dark Saison

McKenzie Dark Saison
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Dark amber in color, bursting with tropical fruit aromas, and flavors. This beer is continuing to develop, and will only get better with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (connoisseur session). Popured a cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, yeast and light leather. Softer tastes of the same with a light spiciness. Lightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Aroma is full of some anise aromas, earth and maybe a bit of yeast. Flavor is spicy and malty. This was a very good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Bottle... C&P’sLYFO Throwdown... Clear amber/copper ale with a little, fizzy, white head. The aroma, to me, mainly suggests ginger and sassafras. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Bitter, spicy and thin. Abrasive, moderately bitter, dry finish. Not quite my cup of tea, but thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing the bottle! Most attendees really seemed to like it. * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
I was pleased to see this one on draft yesterday. The beer arrived deep brownish in color, with a minimal white head. The aroma was very complex, providing hints of caramel malt, spicy florals, some fruit, and even some roasty malty porter type aroma notes. The aroma had bananas, nuts, caramel, tobacco, some dark chocolate, cabernet, floral citrus, and peaty barnyardy notes. The beer changed as it warmed, also. It started as a sort of dunkleweizen/saison/scotch ale hybrid, yet as it warmed, I noted more red winey grapey notes, no doubt provided by the Dupont yeast strain that is used in this. It developed hints of a less intense and non-sour Flemish red as it warmed, while retaining the base hybrid scotch ale/saison/dunkleweis elements. One of the more complex beers I have had, and one that begs for more investigation on my part. Well done, Scott Morrison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2005
The Lure:
Funky figs leaking onto speaking brett. Piney hops preaching to the caramel malt, in turn teaching the grapey fruitiness to blend in. Superbly intriguing.

The Festivities:
Exultant peaches and indulgent earth touch the pregnant brett wilderness and the poignant fig sweetness. Rampant complexity meets touching drinkability.

Ogling fall foliage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09 Pours amber with thin white head leaving nice light golden lacing. Aroma is very fresh loaded with what seemed licorice and medicinal herbs. Taste fruity, herbal and spices very fresh and some licorice and rhubarb. tasty and was extremely fresh on the palate. A fine Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Growler shared by dickensonbeer at the Rosso release. Very dark brown beer with a light tan head. Aroma is quite lovely. Soft fruit and a bit of light sweet spiciness. There is a bit of licorice and a kiss of toasted wheat/rye spiciness as well. Light citrusy note with a kiss of light mintiness toward the back. The flavour is a bit grainy with a bit of soft herbal flavour. As it warms, there are a few overly sweet notes as well, but overall, it’s a pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Yellow to ivory cream lasts and laces above the opaque cloudy medium to dark amber-orange body. From the first sniff… you know you’re gonna take a lot more sniffs. It might be the subtle maltiness, suggesting toasted bread now, cookies and honey then. Or it might be the delicious, delicate floral, grassy, perfumey and leafy noble hops. But even more likely, it might be the way that wonderful yeast strain ties them together through a flavour maze of cobwebs, old books, dough, must and all the farmhouse classics. Complex underlying fruitiness, namely honeymelon. Funky, phenolic. Medium bodied, very soft carbonation, yet the palate feels a bit foamy. Now that is a dark saison. Morrison, whose 2 previous saisons I had never fully understood the hype one scores a 3 points on this one. Complex, dry, funky and cohesive, what more do you want? Absolutely world-class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Poured a hazy brownish gold color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, nuts, spices, citrus fruits, and light yeastiness. Taste of citrus, some caramel malts, light spices, some faint roast in the background, and no alcohol anywhere to be found.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
In short: A spicy and semi-wild toasted Saison. Very good.
How: Bottle 22oz (hand bottle I think). Post-EBF tasting. Big thanks to Dickinsonbeer
The look: Slightly cloudy golden copper body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose blends spiciness and wilderness. Taste has “rough” toasted crunchy malts, caramel pastry, semi-wild yeast, spicy character, tree bark. Semi-fluffy body. Another excellent beer on a night when I had way too much to drink again. Way too much to drink. But I never hate myself in the morning. I sleep ‘til noon.

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