flatmatt (985) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. Lots of aniseed in the aroma, raspberry and other fruits. Anise leads the flavor again, though with a lot of earthy peanut, roasted flavors. Kind of a suggestion of fruit rounding it out, even though no particular fruit flavor is there. I like it (Iím a fan of anise and peanut flavors in beer), though Iím not really sure how much of a saison it is.
OldGrowth (2350) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle from Triangle Wine. 2012 vintage. Ok/good aroma, sweet, licorice, pumpernickel, root beer, little mint. dark orangy brown color, big initial head, though I poured quickly, faded fast. little to no lace. sweet roasty flavor. medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, lightly spiced roasty finish. well, not getting it as a saison, fairly sweet and roasty, no getting much of the unique hop character. Mint coming through a little more as it warms, odd really. just ok at best.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From a bottle, nice friendly aroma with a tad of flowery vanilla tartness in the olfactory; beautiful pour. Lacing on glass is witchy. Shocking first flavors smack you in the palate. Yes, quite an alky punch to boot. Difficult but canít turn away. Hypnotizing slow sipping experience, wew. A flavor like I have not had for a long while fer sure. Averting finish that last for a few moments after the slug. Very unique yeaty thing going on in this brew. Not for a beginner.
Itzjerm (914) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Back strap molasses aroma. Banana and Licorices flavor probably coming from Yeast . Dark thin head. Chalky, not enjoyable in general tolerable at best. Not that it is a bad beer, its a saison, which is challenging. This is less peppery more banana and licorices.
Leafs93 (1516) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep dark reddish brown. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roast and banana. Taste is spicy, sweet and tart. Medium bodied with a lingering finish. Not sure why this get so low ratings, it may not be true to a saison but it is very interesting and enjoyable.
polomagnifico (1161) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of black licorice, rye, caramel and spice. Sits black in the glass with a small off-white head that left no lace. Flavor is medium sweet. Palate is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall a unique twist on the Saison. Different and drinkable but not a brew I recommend seaking out.
RABinVA (995) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black, think stout. Slight tan head that is persistent. Big fruity, licorice aromas. Problem is, I;m not a licorice fan. It is a pretty good juxtaposition of styles. Smoky yet crisp and tart. I canít really get away from the licorice though. Canít drink more than one in a sitting.
wxman (1280) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an opaque dark cola brown with a substantial light tan head. Aroma is burnt malt and anice. Taste is dark roasted malt, licorice, mollasses and a little citrus. Not really a saison, more like a a licoricey, spicy porter. Oh, and itís a rip off at $13.99 a four-pack. I can get 12% ABV for less.
queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Black brown with a thin tan head. Anise/licorice, banana, roasty malt aroma. Big licorice flavor, which quickly overwhelmed what little bit of roasted malt and molasses flavor I could detect. Light body, lively carbonation. Disappointing beer. I was hoping for some Belgian yeast character, but the licorice just gobsmacked and overwhelmed everything. Did I mention I hate licorice?
RmmHronek (169) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer just doesnít really fly. It has a sort of licorice or root beer thing going on, mixed with some molasses. Little to no hop aroma and doesnít really come through as Belgian at all. It has some toffee or caramel notes as well. But itís too sweet and just doesnít come through as balanced. I donít like it.