Westchesterco (785) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
roasty, basement aromas, brown, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, flat,
JBPortland (457) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
32oz growler pours dark semi-opaque toasted red with small thin head. Nose is musty earthy fruit, plum, touch of booze, bready yeast. Taste is fruity bready yeast and spices, underlying subtle cracker and cereal grain, raisin and plum notes on the finish. The base beer is not quite as good as the bourbon barrel aged version but still tasty and a hearty sipper for a cold night.
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Of Love & Regret, Baltimore. amber pour, fruity yeastiness, holiday spices,cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits. flavorful saison
czar (3784) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at ebenezer’s. almost murky dark brown pour with a minimal light beige head, little retention. spices upfront - anise and coriander, chocolate, coffee and tobacco, some rustic toasted and roasted graininess, some burnt caramel, earthy and dusty. decent dark fruitiness. moderate carbonation, light body, short grassy-spicy and relatively dry finish. decent christmas belgian ale - not much saison characteristics. still, more than decent..
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very toasted and moderately spicy Belgian dark belgian ale. Clean and dry. Good beer.
How: Tap at Three Penny taproom, Montpelier VT.
The look: Clear burgundy body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is rather spicy (typical array of Christmas beer spices) along with a strong toastiness (even smoke allusions) and some tree bark notes. Taste is toasted cereals (bread crumbs), light presence of dark fruits, mild maple syrup-like sweetness, discreet wooden hops. Very ‘yeast-less’ for a Belgian ale. I didn’t find much Saison-related characteristics about this spicy dark ale classified as a Saison except for its high attenuation. Basically this beer tastes like a traditional spicy christmas dark belgian ale except it is more toasted, less yeasty and with a drier finish. An enjoyable beer for what it is. This beer has the word ‘Saison’ in its name and it is classified as a Saison on ratebeer, but don’t believe everything you read, especially if you read a lot of sci-fi novels.
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Max’s. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon, caramel and cookie malt, dates and figs. Flavor is malt dominant with spices, light hops and bitterness with dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear, dark amber with thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is plums, raisins, cookie and cereal malts, floral hops, and light sour notes. Flavor is bready malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral hops, cookie dough, and faint woody notes; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz pour at Of Love and Regret. Hazy copper amber with some filmy off white head. Nose is spicy, nutty, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, brown bread, dried fruit. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit, spice. Full but dry finish.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light cherry and faint caramelized grain. Background spice and a nice dryness after a medium body. Light bitterness. Earthy. Well integrated.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at ChurchKey. Dark clear maroon brown color, bright tan edge head. Aroma of cocoa and subtle coffee grounds. Taste is slighty funky coffee. Decent.