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.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Mine says: ABV: 8,92 per cent for the 2013 Vintage
Deep dark brown coloured body, slightly muddied near the bottom, all wiht a nice, thick, two centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, grain, prunes, malt, chocolate and perhaps some light herbal notes - not much though. Medium-bodied; Assertive chocolate and earthy malt notes with some cloying molasses and unrefined sugar sweetness - focused solely on that with disregard for other flavour profiles. Aftertaste is once again, cloying malt and sweetness with a lot of alcohol, funkiness and pit fruits that make this pretty bad - definitely not a saison and definitely not worth drinking ever again. Overall, just as bad as the ratings would show, and I’m super excited in the RB community for not throwing reputation ratings at this one - rate a beer for how it tastes only and not a label, and this one is just pure bad. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (I Street, Foggy Bottom), DC on 16-October-2014 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-January-2015.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate, licorice, and spices.
Chudwick (2292) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tuning out real life for a minute at this thanksgiving dinner. Bomber from 2013 with an abv that doesn’t match what this site currently says. Boozy roasted mess. My heart is racing faster from the sugar and booze. This was an impulse buy while checking out. A good value and i might finish this one.
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It poured a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma was of chocolate, caramel, roast and some banana. The taste was a little spicy, sweet and tart. Something a little different.
DarkSong (322) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. It pours black with a small tan instantly vanishing head. It has the aroma of dough, cherries, blackberries and chocolate. It has a strong chocolate taste, a licorice taste, a fruity taste, some vanilla, a bread taste and a bit of a barnyard taste.. I liked this beer but it may be a little too complex.
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a thick tan head.
Dark fruit, licorice scents.
Taste is blackberry wine, licorice.....
Almost seems slightly boozy from the dark wine tones, but the alcohol is well hidden.
Different....but a nice flavour.
Darkmagus82 (1917) - - JUL 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-19-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a surprising dark brown nearly black colored brew with a one finger brown head. The head faded slowly over time to give a medium level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of black licorice. This is mixed with some sour dark fruit aromas of cherry. The aroma is rather tart smelling as would be expected of a farmhouse ale, but yet has a light roast aroma as well.
Taste – The dark malt flavors shine through in the front. Brown Bread and chocolate flavors are quite heavy in the start. As the taste advances a peppery-yeasty taste enters the flavor profile. This is quickly followed by a tart cherry flavor as well as some haylike and funky flavors as well. These sour and tart flavors grow stronger toward the end and leave a rather odd but quite tasty tart-chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is light to medium with a carbonation level that is rather average. Neither were really that great for the style, although they really were not bad either. A more creamy and thick body would have done well for the initial roasty flavors, while a higher level of carbonation would have gone nicely with the more sour tastes at the end of the flavor profile.
Overall – This was a mighty tasty beer. While the dark and the tart may not seem like it would go together well, New Holland has pulled it off with this brew.
pete4999 (1166) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The label art and advertising sold me on it. Poured a dark mahogany with lots of head. Smell is all fruit but the flavor is like a weird conglomeration of spice and black licorice and some brown sugar and fruit. I really kinda don’t know what they were going for. Finished it but wouldn’t buy it again.
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
First foray into this style, had high hopes with a nearly black pour and apparent head. Mostly wheat with hints of citrus or fruit and very faint malt.
freeofthoughts (680) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap pours brown black with light khaki fizz. Roasted chocolate aroma with earthy hops a belgian flair. The flavor is decent, a belgian brown with saison yeast, some grainy spice and roasted flavors. Earthy drying hops with hay and herbal tones work alright with the bitter chocolate. By the end has a little cola flavor, some american brown ale feel. Malt foward with bitter hops and some dryness.