TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught snifter at Vine Street Pub, Denver: Black with a chestnut glow. Fragmented grayish foam maintains a creamy collar. Zesty, grassy basil aromas are accompanied by cedar, licorice, plum, white pepper, sharp but subtle roast, and browned biscuit. Softly floral, as well. Subtle note of burnt popcorn. Soft bubbly pinpricks. Lusciously plummy and candyish, initially, with pronounced Special B-like notions swirled with grass and licorice from the basil. Surprisingly harmonious basil-and-zippily-phenolic interplay. Wonderful malty fullness is aided by a clean bubblegum-laced cushion. Vague metallic zing from the char. Fruity roundness adequately tempers the malt which significantly bolsters drinkability. Potent peppery warmth from both the adjuncts and alcohol, with loads of white pepper zip. Closes with beefy, candyish Crystalesque malt girth with waxy prune and sweet blackcurrant echoes. I applaud the effort here, but ultimately itís a tad sweet and things donít quite coalesce. Toning down the basil and residual sweetness would definitely help. Not bad.
3fourths (9104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Unfiltered brown body with a short tan colored head. Herbal / tea-like brown malt aroma with more of a mint character than anything like basil (or maybe thatís what black basil is like, Iím not sure). Malt is cookie-ish and basic, thereís little to no life with the yeast, no phenols, minimal dark fruit esters (or maybe special b?). Medium+ body, medium sweetness, low bitterness, medium acid. Soft and creamy at least, but flavors arenít in line with my preferences for saison and the herb treatment seems uneccessary (I say that almost without exception though).
jlulensk (39) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really great, unique beer. Iím not a big fan of flavored or fruity beers, but this one has a really unique character. The basil really stands out but in a very subtle way. Good stuff!
Alemax (16) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of basil, sweet malts, roasted malts, fresh cut grass. Tastes of roasted malts, bitter hop mixed with herbal and vegital basil taste.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a finger of tan head. Sweet basil aroma with hints of malt, floral with hints of fruit. Flavor is sweet and strong basil up front, then nutty and mildly malty. Basil flavor lingers. Soft carbonation and medium body. Mild and smooth mouthfeel with a relatively clean finish. The basil is somewhat cleansing. Interesting and enjoyable, but somewhat one-dimensional. The basil is the dominating and defining character of this beer.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap in Denver. Dark brown pour, small head. Apparent basil, peanut butter, charcoal. Slightly sweet. Very high carbonation, more peanut flavor. Basil is there but doesnít compliment the malt profile at all. A failed but interesting experiment IMO