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 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 youre 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 My first rating! Thanks to all the ratebeerians for opening my eyes to the real world of beer. Its been an exciting 3 months! 2/17/06 - 64 oz growler from the brewpub. Bread, wood and floral scents. Medium head subsides in a few minutes leaving nice lacing. Honey-mahogany color. Tastes of roses, butterscotch, caramel and nutmeg but not too sweet. Very faint alcohol. Medium body & carb. Lime hops bitterness sneaks through a bit in the finish. Sweet stickiness on the lips. Very nice and very drinkable. 12/31/06 - Fresh growler. I had to try this one again as it may be the last batch ... ever! After 250+ ratings I have found few beers better and have bumped the flavor and overall a point each. Beautiful balance with the Belgian yeastiness, sour playing off the sweet honeysuckle, melon, mango.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a muddy brown amber color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent aroma of horse blanket, spices and fruits. Excellent flavor of horse blanket, spices and fruits. The body is light with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Another gem from McKenzie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Toasted malt base with plenty of cherrylike fruitiness, leafy tobacco, floral, grassy, haylike, herbal hops in the musty, farmy, funky aroma. Opaque, muddy brown body is topped by a decent, off white head that recedes to partial cover. Haylike, grassy, floral hops with plenty of tropical fruitiness, funky, farmy character and notes of chocolate and moderate bitterness. Medium light body with lively carbonation and expansive airy mouthfeel. Sampled at the Kennett Square Brewfest 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Shared by boboski, arrived via The_Epeeist. Ugly brown color capped by 2cm of frothy, off white head. Flavor and aroma of grainy wheat, peppery yeast, toasty biscuits, bitter earthy hops, and spices (mostly allspice). Balanced, medium/full body. Perfect on the palate for a saison. Very well done American saison, a shame its been retired.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6130) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours hazy brown. Aroma is barnyard, cherries, slight mild chocolate and a bit of sourness. Flavor is barnyard, grassy earthy hops, slight caramel, and a chocolate (slighly mocha) that swells in the finish to dominate the aftertaste. Medium body. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3090) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Draft at Malvern. Pours out a mostly clear nice shade of copper with a moderate off white head. Very nice, strong aroma, dark fruits, toasted malts lots of different spices. Taste is smooth and very complex. Yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, toasted malts and a smooth slightly warming finish. Very well done.

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