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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This winter saison starts with pale and black barley malts creating a deep midnight hue with reddish highlights. The beer is spiced with cardamom, heather and black pepper for a touch of sweet that fades to a warm, peppery finish. Target and Saaz hops accentuate the spicing while the peppery notes balance nicely with the fruitiness of the saison yeast. The resulting dark saison is a lovely tongue tingler for those long winter nights.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2010
amber with a white head. aroma is fruity with banana and bread. good malt body. sweet banana flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Sampled on tap at the Draught House in Austin. The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is very spicy with lots of notes that resemble cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Only later did I find out that the beer was spiced with cardamom, which explains the aromas that I got. The flavor is similar to the aroma with cardamom as well as a hint of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldMrCrow (1965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Tap at Fiddlers.

Dark pour, modest head. Sour, spicy nose held a bit of promise but it was all downhill form there. The heather and pepper dominates the flavor; metallic, plenty of alcohol for the 7.5% that it actually contains, I simply couldn’t get far into this one. It’s a Saison in the failed-attempts-from-Fantome vein rather than in the Dupont vein, but even there it falls short, lacking the sort of funkiness that makes the Fantome beers always interesting if nothing else.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Chemical, cascade aroma. Peppery, dark plum and very spicy, nutmeg flavor. Heavy feel. Too spicy, peppery to be that enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2010
On tap. I was intrigued by the color (dark ruby brown), and had to give this one a go. In general, I haven’t been really into these Stateside generous interpretations of Saisons, they generally lack the “funk” and zip of Belgian-French varieties. Nose is earthy, brown sugar, butter, and soft berries. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a light ale, lands heavily on the tongue and sticks around. Flavors are a well-integrated mix of complex malts, dried fruit (cherries, strawberry). Finish is mellow and creamy. Nothing really got me going with this one though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Tap @ Small Bar. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small beige ring. Nose of toasted malts, banana, clove and a few other spices. A decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1974) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
It tastes like a saison combined with a quad acutally. Very fruity with some grassiness and a bit of funk thrown in at the end. I’d say more of a Belgian strong ale than a saison, but pretty solid either way.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
On tap at Little Rock Flying Saucer. Black, white head, heavily filtered. Nose is spicy and malty (a little cold to get good aroma). Taste is a bit sweet, slightly spicy, a bit alcoholic, some malts, dies a bit on the end. A different take on a saison-it really did not do much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Found this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL which kinda shocked me. Arrived to the table a dark brown with ruby highlights, very clean looking, a tall, soapy off-white head that fades down moderately fast and leaves great lacing. Aroma had a very hefty malt nose, light chocolate, a faint smokey malt note, some Munich toastedness and lots of dark fruit notes - light raisin and fig, at the very end of the nose. Flavor had a very strong malty presence composed of caramel, light smokey flavor malt and some light chocolate. Pepper does come through toward the end of the tasting along with a light dark cherry fruitiness and mild yeasty notes at the very ending. Beer has a very sharp, fine carbonation that hits the tongue hard giving it a crisp light body even in the midst of a lot of malt notes. Overall a good brew as a whole as there are a lot of flavors working for attention in this beer. Stylistically, this is much darker, less fruity and a bit heavier in color and body than most saisons out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Draught at New Belgium. Pours clear brown with a medium, light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is moderate malt (bread, straw), light caramel, heather, faint to no hops, with some plum notes. Flavor is pepper, heather, hops, malty, caramel, and plums. Medium bodied, average carbonation, and a smooth texture.


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