gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very similar in all aspects from both tap and bottle. Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Expected some funky flavor given the saison category and the color made me expect a chocolate taste. But you don’t get either. All you get is a black licorice taste. Can’t help but think of some roasted Good and Plenty’s. Medium body with a tight crisp carbonation.
Lowe1983 (1297) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is of banana, roasted malts, slight rye, and some wheat. Flavor is strong of the rye and banana with roasted malts and wheat. Very intriguing beer for a saison.
umich03jm (908) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a nearly pitch black color with a small head. Odd aroma of bubblegum, black licorice, mint and Belgian yeast. Taste is gross, tastes exactly like it smells. Lots of bubblegum and black licorice. Awful, had to pour out.
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jessematx (1) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Malty, roasty but hint of nail polish remover/turpentine/licorice
Appearance: nice deep dark color, brown head
Taste: Earthy, roasty, hints of licorice, but no real saison flavor
Palate:a bit clingy, lingering, a little burnt, but pleasant
Overall: an interesting experiment, better the second time, great label art
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark reddish brown with a small tan lace. Nose is licorice, anise, roast, light rye, more licorice. What the fuck. this style may be "remarkably interpretive," but I don’t know anyone who would blindly smell or taste this and think saison. Flavor is spoiled milk, boozy fruitcake, licorice, spicy yeast.
FunkyBrewster (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown with a small off white head. Aroma is odd, minty, floral with a bunch of odd spices and all kinds of weird soapy notes, like hand soap fragrance. Flavor all the same, some anise which doesnt sit pretty, way too much for a nice style like a saison. All muddled with off flavors and potpourri
17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow. raters have not been kind here. Smells like bath soap, anise, potpourri, light roast, menthol, bath soap man. Flavor follows, anise and soap, bit of chocolate, leaves a menthol numbing of the mouth, newports, bit of doughy chocolate. Average body, bit watery, soft carbonation, but the numbing thing. Odd.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Purchased for $4 (12oz) before reading the reviews. Poured deep brown with about 1.5 fingers’ worth of uniform tan head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of licorice.. some bready malts and sweet biscuits, but it kept coming back to the licorice.. a touch of mint too.. not offensive by any means, but very one-dimensional, and a weird dimension for the style. The flavor found more, mostly sweet licorice throughout.. some cola helped support.. peppery rye and an odd, dish soap-like character around.. finished dry and earthy over more licorice.. more acidic and weird as it approached the finish.. almost like a very licoricey and minty cola. Medium-bodied with too much prickly carbonation on the palate.. too focused on the licorice.. again, non-offensive, but I really wouldn’t recommend it.
dmschefke (560) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a solid bubbly dark brown with light tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma gets off to a moderately poor start with having an almost out of place black licorice and tart character, with a bit of roasted malt, yeast, wheat, and bread. It’s difficult to get past the black licorice in the flavor, so not something I would want again.
demmbonz (302) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is sour and licorice. Dark brown nearly black. Honestly I had to keep it ice cold to finish it, otherwise would’ve been a drain pour. Yuck.