Benzai (7210) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [thanks to jmgreenuk] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, full sized light brown head. Smell d taste malts, dark malts, lightly metallic, hops, bitter hops, bitter, slightly roasty. Well balanced, medium bodied, soft carbonation.
spacecube (758) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, pours black with a bubbly white head, aroma is roasty, chocolate, cherry, with spicy saiaon yeast working through to a rounded gentle bitter finish. Light bodied, lively carbonation. Nice.
BeerViking (2288) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery, pours black with a big beige head and a dusty, faintly lemony nose. roasty treacle with hints of coffee, spicy yeast and peppery hops, delicious.
GT2 (8157) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Short: A properly executed black saison focusing on dark bread
Origin: Bottle Size: 330ml Glass: Tired Hands oversized stemware Price: Gift Date: 1/9/14
Long: Thank you Leighton for this one! A clear, deep cola pour generates a mega, rocky coffee beige foam. Excellent formation and retention. Nose is dusty, farmy, cocoa powder, deep pumpernickel bread, torched sugar, really fresh dark bread, vanilla. Taste is bitter, dark bread, unsweetened cocoa powder. Quite the dusty mouthfeel with higher aeration as expected for style but feeling a bit too chalky. Still, a well done black saison which is asking for trouble.
Flaws: Overly chalky mouthfeel
Skill Level: High, proficiency at difficult styles
Ragnampiza (330) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a Teku. Bottled on 07-10-2013. Pours a dark brown colour, no light passing through, with a huge and persistently fluffy dark beige head. Great lacing retention. Looks pitch black in the glass. Less roasted/chocolaty aroma than I was expecting, with the earthy and spicey presence still dominating. Saison yeast notes, a bit of liquorice and just a hint of smoke/ash. Much more roasted in the mouth, with some vanilla and dark chocolate qualities. A bit of hops resin and pine needles as well. Glorious texture, with a velvety and luscious mouthfeel. Quite dry, medium body and lively carbonation. Damn fine!
leaparsons (7923) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are coffee with nutty dark chocolate and blackberry. Yeasty with light cheesy funk. Hints of marzipan with woody wine barrel. Some pink grapefruit. Flavours are blackberry with hints of cherry. Roasted, dry coffee with vinous aspects. Woody with lemony yeast and a fruity bitterness and an arid, pithy dry finish. Perhaps a little thin bodied and fizzy but still good.
Desverger (1611) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - pours near black with a medium tan head. Roasty malty aroma and taste, some caramel, fruity, yeasty, slight hoppy, pretty sweet, with a medium bitter finish.
rosenbergh (6472) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Bottled on 07/10/2013. BB 07/01/2014. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Black colour with a small greyish brown head.
Mild roasted malt, liquorice, yeast, berries and dry grain in the aroma.
The flavour is dry liquorice, yeast, mild hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and dry graininess.
This Black Saison is very strange style as there’s not much Saison in this beer. I’m missing the delicacy of the Saison.
Brandman (2053) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has dark berries in chocolate, some sourness, bit ashy. Flavour starts with roasted and turna bit rusty. Nothing saison like in this. Ashy and acidic. Bit thinnish.
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Desverger.
Dark brown coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate.
Light roasted flavour of caramel, hops and grass.